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Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2019

Applications are now open for the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2019, searching for brilliant young innovators tackling the planet’s biggest environmental and social challenges. The application window has been extended. Apply before 11:59pm BST, 2 July. 

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 sixth year, the Awards have reached over 5,800 inspiring young sustainability entrepreneurs and their organisations, and provided tailored support and funding to 37 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 2019 Awards

This year we are searching for young entrepreneurs from across the world who have innovative and scalable technologies or initiatives that are addressing a sustainability challenge within one or more of the following three categories. 

health and wellbeing


Improve people’s health and wellbeing

  • Improve health, sanitation and hygiene challenges
  • Encourage healthy lives and promote physical, social and mental wellbeing at all ages
  • Promote affordable, nutritious food and drink production from source through to consumption 

health of the planet

Improve the health of the planet

  • Combat climate change and its impacts
  • Reduce waste and ensure responsible consumption and production patterns
  • Promote healthier natural ecosystems alongside commercial gain

socially inclusive world

Contribute to a fairer and more socially inclusive world

  • Champion equal participation in the economy and society
  • Address core human rights issues across the value chain
  • Encourage better livelihoods and communities 

Read more about the Award categories.



Through an intensive selection process led by CISL, up to 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, with additional prize money and mentoring support.

Find out more about the prizes. 


2018 winners

In 2018, 2,120 entrepreneurs from every continent entered the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards. Our 2018 winners were:

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. 


Find out more about the previous Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards winners.

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Ben Kellard

Ben Kellard, Director of Business Strategy