Enter Ben & Jerry’s Green Business Competition!

Deadline: 3 May, 2013
Open to: residents in UK, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, Germany, Austria or Switzerland
Prizes: Cash prize of €10,000, opportunity to visit Vermont, USA and other prizes


Do you or your organization have a sustainable business idea? Know someone who does?

Ben & Jerry’s (with help from our friends at Ashoka) are on the hunt for some bright sparks in the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria, Switzerland & the Netherlands, who are creating cool new models for sustainable business to help make a difference in communities. (We all live on the same planet, so it’s only fair that we help each other out, right?)

Just ask yourself these questions:

  • Is there long-term demand for your product or service? (If so, great! Your idea demonstrates strong financial sustainability!)
  • Will your model leave society better off for the next generation? (It does? Hurrah! Your idea demonstrates a positive social impact).
  • Does your business idea ensure the local and global environment is looked after, so today’s and tomorrow’s children can all enjoy the beauty of the planet…? (If yes, fantastic! I’m picking up an ‘environmental awareness’ vibe from your idea, and I like it!)
  • Is your approach substantially different from similar initiatives in your field? (If so, superb! This is the knock out test for innovation!)

You need to:

  • Be aged between 18 and 34 years old
  • Be resident in UK, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, Netherlands, Germany, Austria or Switzerland
  • Be able to enter in English
  • Be available on 11-13 June 2013 AND 22-27 September 2013
  • Be the sole or co-founder
  • Within your organisation, incorporate innovation, social impact and sustainability in its model
  • Check the full T&Cs


18 bright sparks will be invited to London for the 11-12th of June to pitch their sustainable business ideas to panel of expert Judges, including co-founder Jerry Greenfield, when the 9 winners will be announced! Out in Vermont, the winners will be immersed in the world of Ben & Jerry’s, where it all started back in 1978. What you can go for?

  • Your business featured on a Ben & Jerry’s flavour in 2014!
  • The chance to win a cash prize of €10,000 (unrestricted)
  • An amazing opportunity to visit our HQ in Vermont, USA
  • 6 months mentoring by experts from Ashoka
  • Make your idea famous!

How to enter?

You can enter the contest HERE! The competition will run from 4th March 2013 until the 3rd May 2013!

For more information please visit the official website.

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