More than $170,000 Available for Young Environmental Entrepreneurs
14 June 2017 at 9:17 am
More than $170,000 and individually tailored one-to-one mentoring is on offer in this years’ Young Entrepreneur Awards.
Run in partnership with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and in collaboration with Ashoka, Unilever has invited young Australian entrepreneurs to take part in the global initiative.
Applications are open to entrepreneurs aged 35 or under who are running existing initiatives, products or services that are tackling sustainability challenges.
The awards are looking for innovative and scalable technologies, initiatives or services that enable changes in practices or behaviours in one or more of four categories: farm to table, opportunities for women, waste and water.
Up to eight finalists will be invited to take part in a three-day accelerator workshop in Cambridge, United Kingdom where they will receive expert help and professional guidance to develop their initiatives.
The finalists will then pitch to panel of judges in London, before the winner will be announced at a prize ceremony in London in late October 2017.
In 2015, Australian Katerina Kimmorley won for her company Pollinate Energy which supplies life-enhancing products, such as solar lanterns and cookstoves, to the urban slums of India.
Unilever Australia and New Zealand chairman and CEO Clive Stiff said the awards were about nurturing a new generation of progressive thinkers.
“I am a firm believer in the power of youth and their ability to think outside the box to produce ground-breaking ideas,” Stiff said.
“The awards not only help these individuals develop intuitive solutions to some of the world’s most pressing issues, they are a testament to the ideas and thinking needed to lead us into a more sustainable future.”
Applications are open until 30 June.
To apply click here.