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Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2018

Applications have now closed for the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2018, searching for brilliant young innovators tackling the planet’s biggest environmental and social challenges. Read more at the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs website.

Celebrating young sustainability innovators

The Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards, delivered by Unilever and CISL, support and celebrate inspirational young people from all over the world who have existing initiatives, products or services tackling some of the planet’s biggest sustainability challenges. Now in their fifth year, the Awards have reached over 3,500 inspiring young sustainability entrepreneurs and their organisations, and provided tailored support and funding to 29 winners, helping them achieve scale for impact.

The world’s problems will only be solved with the ideas and talents of a new generation of leaders who are challenging business as usual.  The Awards are an opportunity to support, inspire, reward and collaborate with these leaders; innovators who are the future of sustainability.


The 2018 awards

On 10 May we opened the call for all young entrepreneurs from across the world who have an initiative, product or service already in action that tackles a sustainability problem. This year, the Awards will recognise initiatives in eight categories, aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. From over 2000 applications, the eight winners will be announced in October 2018.


Zero HungerZero Hunger

End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture.

Good healthGood Health and Well-Being

Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all at all ages

Quality education

Quality Education

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all.


Gender equality

Gender Equality

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls.

Clean waterClean Water and Sanitation

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all.

Decent workDecent Work and Economic Growth

Promoting inclusive and sustainable economic growth, and employment and decent work for all.

Responsible consumptionResponsible Consumption and Production

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

limate actionClimate Action

Take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts.

 Read more about the Award categories.



Through an intensive selection process, eight winners are flown to Cambridge for an all-inclusive accelerator programme with CISL, delivered by experts in sustainability, entrepreneurship and scaling for impact. The winners share in €100,000, along with tailored one-to-one mentoring for 12 months. From the eight winners, one overall winner is awarded the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize at a high profile event in London.

Find out more about the prizes.


The 2017 Winners


In 2017, 1,339 entrepreneurs from 128 countries entered the competition.

HRH Prize Winner

Sabrina Natasha Habib, Co-founder of Kidogo, was selected as overall 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.

Category Winners

As well as the overall HRH Prize Winner, three category winners were selected in 2017.

The winner of Farm to Table was Elizabeth Latham for The Sustainable Protein and Environment Initiative, a business built on a patent-pending probiotic that could radically reduce greenhouse gas emissions from farm animals.

The winner of Waste was Andrew Foote for Sanivation, a social enterprise transforming human waste into a clean, affordable fuel, helping to keep communities healthy.

The winner of Water was Ankit Agarwal for Helpusgreen, a social enterprise working with manual scavenger women to upcycle flower waste, diverting it away from polluting the River Ganges.


A further four winners were recognised:

  • Naadiya Moosajee for WomEng, giving girls and women their rightful place at the engineering table.
  • Kuldeep Dantewadia for Reap Benefit, using technology to build a generation of young problem solvers tackling water and sanitation issues in India.
  • Christine Moseley for Full Harvest, a business-to-business marketplace connecting food companies to farms to buy ugly and surplus produce in USA.
  • Iseult Ward for FoodCloud, a social enterprise connecting the food industry to charities in UK and Ireland through an innovative tech platform that facilitates redistribution of good food that would otherwise be wasted. 

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

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James Cole

James Cole, Director of Corporate Relations and Communications