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Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2018

This year Adepeju Jaiyeoba - founder of Mother’s Delivery Kit - has been chosen as the recipient of this year’s HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.

Eight inspiring young entrepreneurs have now been chosen as the winners of the 2018 Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards. These winners will travel to Cambridge at the end of October for the CISL Entrepreneur Accelerator Programme, and then to London to pitch to a high profile panel of judges.

Read more about the 2018 winners.


The 2018 Awards

In 2018, 2,120 entrepreneurs from every continent entered the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards. Through an intensive selection process led by CISL, eight winners were chosen. 

In late October, these winners will be 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 will be awarded the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize at a high profile event in London. 

Find out more about the prizes


Our 2018 winners

Andrew Almack, Founder of Plastics for Change

A social enterprise based in India that leverages mobile technology to create dignified income opportunities for waste pickers while helping brands meet their extended producer responsibility.

Waliullah Bhuiyan, Co-Founder of Light of Hope

A business that can fit a solar panel-powered classroom into a backpack, bringing education to thousands of Bangladeshi children with no electricity.

Diana Chao, Founder of Letters to Strangers

A global youth-run organization destigmatizing mental illness and increasing access to affordable quality treatment with letter writing, peer education and political advocacy.

Adepeju Jaiyeoba, Founder of Mother’s Delivery Kit

A Nigerian business giving women in rural communities the life-saving supplies they need at childbirth.

Samir Lakhani, Founder of Eco-Soap Bank

A humanitarian non-profit working to save, sanitize, and supply recycled soap with hygiene education to the developing world.

Mayank Midha, Co-Founder of GARV Toilets

A business using smart technology to give low-income families in rural areas of India access to clean and well-maintained toilets.

Priya Prakash, Founder of HealthSetGo

An education organisation building India’s largest network of sustainable health-promoting schools with the vision to empower children to adopt healthy habits at a young age.

Abi Ramanan, Co-Founder of ImpactVision

A machine learning company applying advanced imaging technology to food supply chains to reduce waste, maximise yields and improve quality. 


We cannot wait to welcome these impressive young entrepreneurs to Cambridge at the end of October.

Find out more about the 2018 winners and their initiatives.


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 2018, 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 recognised initiatives in eight categories, aligned with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals.


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.


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James Cole

James Cole, Director of Corporate Relations and Communications