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Unilever Seeks Young Entrepreneurs with Sustainable Ideas to Change the World

Unilever Seeks Young Entrepreneurs with Sustainable Ideas to Change the World

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07/14/2014

 
July 10, 2014 08:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Building on the success of its first Unilever SustainableLiving Young Entrepreneurs Awards in 2013,
 
Unilever once again invites young people worldwide to create andinvent practical and innovative solutions to the world’s biggest sustainability challenges and enter them in thisyear’s Awards.Through the awards, which are open to anyone aged 30 or younger, Unilever is looking for youngentrepreneurs who have created scalable and sustainable products, services or applications that reduceenvironmental impacts, improve health and well-being or enhance livelihoods through changes in practices or behaviors.The Awards, which run in partnership with the Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL), and incollaboration with Ashoka, offer seven young people a total of more than €200,000 (or approximately $272,000)in financial support and individually tailored mentoring. The overall winner also receives the prestigious HRHThe Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize. Applications must be submitted by 7:00 p.m. (EDT) on August 1, 2014 atwww.changemakers.com/sustliving2014. Finalists will be announced in October 2014. All seven finalists takepart in an online development program and then participate in a two-day accelerator workshop at CambridgeUniversity, UK in January 2015, where they will receive expert help and professional guidance to help themdevelop their ideas. The Cambridge accelerator workshop and final judging takes place in January 2015.Shortly following, the Awards will be hosted online at Ashoka Changemakers, a community that connectssocial entrepreneurs around the globe to share ideas, inspire, and mentor each other.Last year, more than 500 young entrepreneurs from more than 90 countries entered the Awards. Winningprojects ranged from a mobile data and messaging system that tracks water supply and optimises use inIndia, to low-cost chicken-feed made from waste mango seed in Nigeria; and from water-less toilets in ruralPeru to a work-for-education swap scheme in Nepal, whereby the children of low-income farm workers receiveeducation in return for their parents donating their labour to a farming collective.The overall winner – who won €50,000 (or approximately $68,000) and the HRH The Prince of Wales Prize –was Gamal Albinsaid, a twenty-four year-old Indonesian, who addressed two sustainability challenges withone idea: converting the value in household waste into health insurance for low income families. This inspiringinitiative is now being turned into a repeatable model in communities throughout Indonesia.
Unilever Seeks Young Entrepreneurs with Sustainable Ideas to Changethe World
 
Commenting on the Awards, Unilever CEO Paul Polman said: “I believe that youth hold the key to unlockingsolutions to many of the challenges our planet faces and last year’s finalists are proof of this. Young peoplewill soon represent 50 percent of the population in developing and emerging countries, but they are 100percent of the future, so it’s absolutely vital we continue to enroll them in the task of making sustainable livingcommonplace and invest in their ideas. ”Polly Courtice, LVO, Director of CISL, said: “The first year of the Unilever awards highlighted the creativity andentrepreneurial dynamism of young people across the world in tackling critical sustainability issues. We aredelighted to bring the research insight of the Cambridge community together with our worldwide network of business leaders, to support these awards in encouraging the innovation and leadership we so urgentlyneed.”Please visit the Ashoka Changemakers website at www.changemakers.com/sustliving2014 to apply,nominate a candidate, or learn more about the competition.
About Unilever United States, Inc.
Unilever is one of the world’s leading suppliers of Food, Home and Personal Care products with sales in morethan 190 countries. Working to create a better future every day, we help people feel good, look good and getmore out of life. In the United States, the portfolio includes brand icons such as: Axe, Ben & Jerry’s, Breyers,Caress, Clear Scalp & Hair Therapy, Consort For Men, Country Crock, Degree, Dove personal care products,Fruttare, Good Humor, Hellmann’s, I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter!, Just for Me!, Klondike, Knorr, Lever 2000,Lipton, Magnum, Motions, Nexxus, Noxzema, Pond’s, Popsicle, Promise, Q-tips, Simple, Slim-Fast, St. Ives,Suave, TIGI, TONI&GUY Hair Meet Wardrobe, TRESemmé and Vaseline. All of the preceding brand names aretrademarks or registered trademarks of the Unilever Group of Companies.Our ambition is to double the size of our business, while reducing our overall environmental footprint (includingsourcing, consumer use and disposal) and increasing our positive social impact. We are committed to helpingmore than a billion people take action to improve their health and well-being, sourcing all our agricultural rawmaterials sustainably by 2020, and decoupling our growth from our environmental impact. Supporting our three big goals, we have defined seven pillars, underpinned by targets encompassing social, environmentaland economic areas. See more on the Unilever Sustainable Living Plan athttp://www.unileverusa.com/sustainable-living/.Unilever employs approximately 10,000 people in the United States – generating nearly $9 billion in sales in2013. For more information, visit www.unileverusa.com.
About University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL)
The University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) brings together business,government and academia to find solutions to critical sustainability challenges.Capitalising on the world-class, multidisciplinary strengths of the University of Cambridge, CISL deepensleaders’ insight and understanding through its executive programmes, builds deep, strategic engagement withleadership companies, and creates opportunities for collaborative enquiry and action through its businessplatforms.Over 25 years, CISL have developed a leadership network with more than 5,000 alumni from leading globalorganisations and an expert team of Fellows, Senior Associates and staff. HRH The Prince of Wales is thepatron of CISL and has inspired and supported many of the institute’s initiatives.www.cisl.cam.ac.uk

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