Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards announced

India’s Anu Sridharan from Next Drop declared as one of the Runners Up.

Anu Sridharan, 26 from Bangalore, India was declared as one of the Runners Up of the first Unilever Sustainable Young Entrepreneurs Awards on 30 January 2014 at a ceremony which took place at Buckingham Palace.

Anu was one of the seven finalists, who had been selected from a pool of 510 applicants from 90 countries. She is the founder of NextDrop, an NGO based in Bangalore that works in the area of water use optimization and leakage tracking via a real time data and messaging system.

Speaking about becoming a finalist for the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneur Awards, Anu says: “This is such a great honour, and we here at NextDrop are so thankful for this opportunity.”

On the occasion of the awards ceremony, Unilever CEO Paul Polman said: “There is no group more important to involve than young people. They are half the world’s population and will be the guardians of sustainable development long into the future. The time is now for young entrepreneurs to stand up and develop a business that can genuinely make a big difference. We all need to use our energy and resourcefulness to support young entrepreneurs to reach scale, accelerate the development, inspire others and help create a brighter future for all”

As one of the Runners Up, Anu wins €10.000 in financial support & a mentoring package for her social venture.

About the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards

TheUnilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards is aninternational awards programme is designed to inspire young people around the world to tackle environmental, social and health issues. The competition, ran on an Ashoka platform, invited entrepreneurs aged 30 years or under, to submit inspiring, practical, and tangible solutions to help make sustainable living commonplace. In its first year, the programme received over 500 entries from 90 countries.

Explore more on these topics:

Back to top


We're always looking to connect with those who share an interest in a sustainable future.


Get in touch with Unilever and specialist teams in our headquarters or find contacts around the world.

Contacting us