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Applications are now open for the Unilever Young Entrepreneurs Awards 2018, delivered with Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and searching for brilliant young innovators tackling the planet’s biggest environmental and social challenges.

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

 We are calling 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: Zero Hunger, Good Health and Well-being, Quality Education, Gender Equality, Clean Water and Sanitation, Decent Work and Economic Growth, Responsible Consumption and Production and Climate Action.

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.


Please find further information here and apply here.

Welcome to Cambridge Global Challenges

Cambridge Global Challenges is the Strategic Research Initiative (SRI) of the University of Cambridge that aims to enhance the contribution of its research towards addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030, with a particular focus on the poorest half of the world’s population.


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