In particular order, the startups are described below.
Ignitia is a social enterprise that has developed the world’s first accurate tropical weather forecasting model.
Based in Ghana, forecasts are sent to small-scale farmers via SMS. It is the brainchild of 31 years old, Liisa Petrykowska.
Kadosh Production Company (KPC) is a Nigeria-based startup that helps women cassava farmers improve their livelihoods by making processing easier and the sale of finished products more profitable.
25 years old Cynthia Ndubuisi is the CEO of the startup.
The two startups, alongside the other 5 finalists, will participate in an accelerator programme designed by Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership in the United Kingdom, before they pitch their ideas live to a panel of sustainability experts.
All the seven finalists will receive a total of €200,000 in funding and support to help take their sustainable solutions to the next level.
One finalist will be selected as the grand prize awardee and presented with the HRH The Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize in London on May 16, 2016.
The finalists were selected from the 927 innovations from 99 countries on six continents that entered for the awards by a core team of experts at Unilever, Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership, and Ashoka.
Unilever launched the Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards in 2013 to inspire and support the innovation and creativity of young people who are responding to the greatest global challenges facing the world today.
In 2014, Daniel Yu who developed a simple software solution that helps medical clinics in the developing world digitize and manage inventory records – delivering better outcomes for patients and improving efficiency across the supply chain, was the overall winner of the awards.
Through this edition of the awards, Unilever hopes to meet the Global Goals for Sustainable Development, which world leaders signed up to on September 25, 2015.
The awards is organized in partnership with the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership (CISL) and Ashoka, the largest network of social entrepreneurs worldwide.