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Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2017


Congratulations to the eight finalists of the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2017 and to the overall winner of the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize, Sabrina Natasha Habib. 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?


Unilever finalists
Finalists from the 2017 Awards

The 2017 finalists

In 2017, 1,339 entrepreneurs from 128 countries entered the competition, with the finalists sharing €100,000, along with tailored one-to-one mentoring sessions for 12 months provided by experts from Unilever and the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.  

The eight finalists visited the UK in November. Their trip started with our three-day Accelerator Programme in Cambridge, where they worked with experts from CISL, Unilever and other guest experts. They then pitched to a panel of judges at Unilever global headquarters.

Sabrina Natasha Habib, Co-founder of Kidogo, was selected as the winner of the fourth HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize and category winner of Opportunities for Women.

Kidogo provides high quality childcare for less than a dollar a day in the urban slums of Kenya, by using its network of ‘mamapreneurs’ and providing training, mentorship and finance tools to improve the lives of women and provide high quality care for children. Find out more about the 2017 winner.

The winners of the other Award categories were:

Farm to Table:

Elizabeth Latham –The Sustainable Protein and Environment Initiative

A business built on a patent-pending probiotic that could radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farm animals.


Andrew Foote – Sanivation

A social enterprise transforming human waste into a clean, affordable fuel, helping to keep communities healthy.


Ankit Agarwal – Helpusgreen 

A social enterprise working with manual scavenger women to upcycle flower waste, diverting it away from polluting the River Ganges.

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

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