Program Overview

Application Due: November 15, 2017 by 5:00 p.m. CT

To view the sample Application and/or submit your Application, visit the Apply page.

Students must be registered with Enactus and have permissions granted by their Enactus faculty advisor to submit Project Accelerator Applications. See the Apply page for details.

Final Impact Report Due: April 23, 2018 by 5:00 p.m. CT

See the Final Impact Report page for detailed information.

Program Goals

Unilever recently introduced the five pillars of nutrition: good for people, good for the planet; health and wellbeing; food fortification, nutritious cooking; reducing waste. The focus of the Unilever’s sustainable nutrition areas is to develop food that taste good, do good, and don’t cost the earth.

Unilever sees the opportunity for Enactus United States teams to take action to advance four of the five sustainable nutrition focus areas for the Unilever Bright Future Project Accelerator – good for people, good for the planet; health and wellbeing; nutritious cooking; and reducing waste.

The Unilever Bright Future Project Accelerator mobilizes Enactus United States teams to implement innovative projects that apply market-based solutions to reducing food waste, as well as, achieving sustainable agriculture, enhancing livelihoods and/or increasing the health and well-being of communities in the United States. Projects will also promote the importance of four Global Goals that align with these initiatives: Global Goal 2: Zero Hunger; Global Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being; Global Goal 4: Quality Education; and Global Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production. Learn more about the Global Goals mentioned above by visiting this link.

Review the following guidelines before designing your Bright Future project:

  • Your project must meet the Enactus Judging Criterion.
  • Review Unilever’s approach to sustainable nutrition. Where do you see opportunity to empower your community in these areas?
    • Projects are required to impact the Reducing Waste Pillar, in addition to at least one of the other three pillars:
      • Good for people, good for the planet
      • Health and Wellbeing

Nutritious Cooking

  • We’re looking for teams to apply business innovation to develop sustainable solutions that can be taken to scale* to impact additional communities.
    • Check out the previous years’ winning projects by clicking this link.
  • Collaborate with retailers to strengthen your project. Visit the retailer partnership page to learn more.
  • Check out Unilever’s Learn About My Food initiative page for inspiration.

 *Scalable means that the project has potential to be effectively replicated to impact additional food insecure communities. We’re looking for team projects that have already scaled, can scale before the Final Impact Report Deadline in April 2018, or have the potential to scale. Scaling can be executed by the team replicating their own solutions or by another group, nonprofit, community leaders, etc. who have gained insights from the team to replicate the team’s work.

Success Metrics
As each Bright Future project is unique, tailored to address the specific needs identified by your target audience, the outcomes will vary. Review the Final Impact Report sample for a complete list of metrics. Possible outputs and outcomes include, but are not limited to:

  • Amount of food waste reduced/diverted
  • Number of individuals with improved food security
  • Number of individuals educated on health/nutrition
  • Amount of cost-savings

The Global Goals Ambassador Challenge

Enactus teams participating in the Unilever Bright Future Project Accelerator will become Global Goals ambassadors. In addition to their empowerment projects, Enactus teams will implement an awareness campaign to promote the Global Goals and share how Bright Future projects are making tangible advancements towards Global Goal 2: Zero Hunger; Global Goal 3: Good Health and Well-Being; Global Goal 4: Quality Education; and Global Goal 12: Responsible Consumption & Production. Participating teams will have access to resources, such as press releases and social media tools, to implement their awareness campaigns. The top three most successful Global Goal Ambassador teams will be recognized at

The Rewards


20 teams will each receive a grant of $1,500 to implement their Bright Future project.


Each team has the option to be paired with a Unilever mentor to receive additional guidance and inside knowledge into how Unilever makes sustainable living commonplace.


Participating students will have direct access to Unilever staff to learn about employment opportunities while building and demonstrating their skills throughout their Bright Future project implementation.


In addition to grant funding, the teams will the most successful projects will be awarded with cash prizes up to $7,500.  See the Finalists and Grand Prize Awards section below for details.


The Grand Prize Winners and top three Global Goal Ambassador teams will be recognized at


Enrolled Enactus United States teams with projects meeting the program goals, criteria and reporting requirements are eligible to apply for the Unilever Bright Future Project Accelerator.

Projects must have outcomes completed between May 23, 2017 and April 23, 2018. Up to 20 Enactus United States teams will receive a $1,500 grant to complete their projects.


Participating Enactus teams must:

  • Submit a complete Application before November 15, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. CT
  • Make Check Points with Enactus staff when requested*
  • If team selects, connect with a Unilever employee for mentorship via monthly email and/or phone/teleconference calls (connections will be facilitated by Enactus)
  • Submit a complete Final Impact Report before April 23, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. CT
  • Agree to all Bright Future Project Accelerator General Terms and Conditions (found on the sample Application)

*Participating teams are required to make Check Points with designated Enactus staff via conference calls, emails, etc. to update Enactus staff on their Bright Future project. Check Points should be made with the team Project Lead, but may also include the team Advisor(s), Alternate Project Lead and other active students related to the project. Check Points may address, but are not limited to:

  • Project details and necessary changes
  • Successes and challenges
  • Meeting the Enactus Judging Criterion
  • Measurement tracking and Final Impact Report preparation
  • Grant fund usage
  • Project media
  • Project partners
  • Questions and concerns from Enactus team

See the Apply and Final Impact Report pages for Application and Report requirements and additional information.

Finalist & National Grand Prize Awards

In addition to receiving project grants, participating teams will compete for Finalist and National Grand Prize awards, which recognize and reward the most successful projects. Final Impact Reports will be judged by Unilever Executives and/or representatives to determine Finalist and National Grand Prize winners of the Unilever Bright Future Project Accelerator. See the Final Impact Report page for the judging criteria.

Five Finalist teams will be selected to receive $1,000. An additional three teams will be selected as Grand Prize winners and will be announced at the 2017 Enactus United States National Exposition.

1st Place: $7,500
2nd Place: $5,000
3rd Place: $3,000
Five Finalists: $1,000 each


For questions on the Unilever Bright Future Project Accelerator in the United States:

Tiffany Haney
Regional Program Manager, Global Partnership Opportunities
Enactus USA