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Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2017

Congratulations to the eight finalists have now been selected from over 1,300 entries.  Find out more about the 2017 Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards finalists.

Celebrating young sustainability innovators

Now in their fourth year, the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards, delivered by Unilever and CISL, support and celebrate inspirational young people aged between 18–35 from all over the world who have developed initiatives, products or services that are tackling some of the planet’s biggest sustainability challenges. 

We believe that the ingenuity and determination of the younger generation are critical in helping to identify sustainable solutions to the problems facing the world today and in the future. The Awards are an opportunity to support, inspire, reward and collaborate with a new generation of the world’s most brilliant young change-makers; innovators who are the future of sustainability.


The 2017 awards

In June 2017, young entrepreneurs with innovative solutions to sustainability problems were invited to apply to the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards. The awards aimed to find innovative and scaleable technologies or initiatives that contribute to one or more of these four categories:


Farm to table   

Farm to TableHow can we transform our food systems so that they create value and enhanced livelihoods for farmers and ensure security of supply for the long-term while safeguarding the environment? And what can change in the way we make or consume food and drink so that they improve people's health and nutrition?

Opportunities for women

Opportunities for WomenMillions of women around the world face discrimination and curtailed opportunities. Could new initiatives provide access to skills and training, create opportunities for women to actively, safely and fairly participate in the economy, or help women escape from poverty?


WasteAre there entrepreneurs out there with ingenious initiatives that help to tackle waste – to reduce, reuse or recycle waste throughout the pre-production, production and consumption lifecycle? Initiatives that can demonstrate a clear business (financial), consumer (benefit), social and environmental case?



Water scarcity, pollution sanitation and hygiene issues all present big challenges to people's development. Can innovation find ways to conserve or reduce the water people and businesses use, or make a breakthrough that would improve hygiene and access to sanitation?


The 2017 finalists

Eight finalists have now been selected from over 1,300 entries.  The finalists will attend our three-day Accelerator Programme in Cambridge, where they will work with experts from CISL, Unilever and other guest experts.  

The final awards ceremony will take place in November 2017 in London. Prizes of €10,000 will be awarded to four category winners, and one overall winner will be awarded €50,000 and the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.

Find out more about the 2017 Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards finalists.

2016 winners: hear their stories


    Competition opened: 18 May 2017 

    Competition closed: 30 June 2017 

    Finalists announced: September 2017 

    Winners announced: November 2017

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