Overview

Unilever and Global Alliance Africa through the  Innovation Exchange Challenge are calling on businesses, startups, entrepreneurs and academics to submit their out-of-the-box ideas and business models with the potential to reshape how plastic is used in the online retail environment. Successful applicants will receive £25,000 in seed funding and work alongside the multinational consumer goods company to develop their solution.

Click here for more information on this Challenge, or to submit your idea.

Full description

Innovators invited to partner on online solutions for sustainable plastic packaging

With single-use plastic packaging posing a major threat to the environment and costing South Africans billions of Rand annually, Unilever and Global Alliance Africa – a six-year project funded by UK Aid through Innovate UK (GCRF) and Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) – have partnered to bring about a refill-reuse revolution in local plastic waste management.

To this end, the pair have launched an Innovation Exchange Challenge and are calling on businesses, startups, entrepreneurs and academics to submit their out-of-the-box ideas and business models with the potential to reshape how plastic is used in the online retail environment. Successful applicants will receive £25,000 in seed funding and work alongside the multinational consumer goods company to develop their solution.

To apply, applicants must submit their ideas by no later than 15 May 2022 and ensure that their solutions are suitable for the South African market.

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