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1. Operation of the Site

The Site is provided by Unilever UK Central Resources Ltd for use by any individual or third party wishing to connect with Unilever through the Unilever Foundry (the "Parties"). This site is also used by Unilever Group companies* (individually and collectively referred to as "Unilever", "we", "us" and "our").


2. The Unilever Foundry

These Terms of Use govern your use of the Site and any applications you submit on the Site to the Unilever Foundry ("The Foundry"). The Foundry is the hub for Unilever's engagements with innovators, creatives, designers, startups, corporate partners or individuals. Through the Foundry, people and companies can receive mentorship from members of the Unilever network, pilot their solutions with our brands or functions, participate in events, receive investment from Unilever Ventures and collaborate on ideas to win prizes.


Your use of the Site and any applications, software, data, products, competitions, prize draws, and any other services provided to you on, or from, or through the Site by Unilever (collectively called the "Services"), is subject to the terms of a legal agreement between you and Unilever. In addition to these Terms of Use, the legal agreement is made up of (i) the Privacy Policy and (ii) the Cookie Policy (collectively called the "Unilever Policies"). To the extent of any conflict between the Terms of Use and any other Unilever Policies, the Terms of Use shall prevail.



3. Challenges

On the "Challenges" page of our site, we publish information about Challenges faced by Unilever and its brands and functions. The Challenges page is where you can respond to challenges faced by our brands and functions and get involved in creating solutions in two ways**:


(1) Private submissions to The Foundry via ‘Pitch to Pilot'.
If you are a startup, an innovator, creative or individual and you have a solution, a proposal or a technology which will solve the Challenge, you can submit your solution confidentially to The Foundry via this process in order to seek a pilot, investment or mentorship with Unilever Ventures for your solution. The procedure and the terms of entering the Pitch to Pilot Process are described in detail below.

(2) Engagement in a public ideation contest to win prizes via Foundry IDEAS.
If you are an individual or a company who is interested in publicly collaborating to solve challenges and have the chance to win a prize then you can also respond to the Challenge by joining our Foundry IDEAS community. Foundry IDEAS is a social ideation community which engages individuals and companies to contribute their ideas and find solutions.


When you click to respond to a Challenge by posting an idea, you will be redirected to the Foundry IDEAS platform. To join the IDEAS community and start posting your ideas, you will be required to create an IDEAS account using your LinkedIn, Facebook or Google log in details, or create your own account if you do not have a LinkedIn, Facebook or Google account. When you create an IDEAS account, you will be asked to agree to the IDEAS Terms of Service which govern your submissions, the community and the competitions to win the prizes. IDEAS is powered by Unilever's partner Mindjet and Unilever is not responsible for its availability or for information or content.


4. Registration for Foundry Pilot: Pitch To Pilot
If you click to submit a proposal through the Site via the ‘Pitch to Pilot Process' you will be required to create a Unilever Foundry account using your LinkedIn, Facebook or Google log in details, or create your own account if you do not have a LinkedIn or Facebook account.

By creating a Unilever Foundry account, you agree to these website Terms and Conditions as well as our privacy and cookie policies. Once you have created your account and logged in, you will be able to complete the online application form and submit your ‘Pitch' proposal to the Unilever Foundry.

5. Foundry Pilot: The Application Process
To submit a proposal, you must complete the Foundry application form for the applicable Challenge. The Foundry application form will ask for information about you, or your company, your team, and how your product may solve the challenge in question. You agree to provide accurate and complete information when completing the form and you agree to keep your information up to date.

All applications received by The Foundry will be routed to Unilever's trusted third party partners ("Scouts") and reviewed by them independently of Unilever. All applicants will be notified by the relevant scouts / Unilever within 4 weeks of the application deadline and informed as to whether or not their proposal has been short-listed.

The Scouts will only share shortlisted proposals with Unilever. By submitting your proposal, you acknowledge that the Foundry and the Scouts are not obliged to share it with Unilever and that submitting your proposal is no guarantee that it will be shared with Unilever.

To apply for investments please find out more from Unilever Ventures.

6. Foundry Pilot: The Pitch Process
Approximately five short-listed applicants for each Pilot Challenge will be invited by Unilever to a Pitch-day, where they will have the opportunity to deliver a 20 minute pitch (including Q&A) to a Unilever and experts panel. If the pitch is successful, applicants will be invited to co-create with relevant Unilever leaders and agencies and run a pilot.

7. Confidentiality
As part of the application process you are advised to share non-confidential information only. If confidential information is shared, this may result in your application being rejected by the Scouts responsible for filtering applications before they reach Unilever.

Prior to any confidential discussions, you will be asked to sign a separate non-disclosure agreement with Unilever so that any confidential information that is subsequently shared, is protected.

If you submit an idea or suggestion as part of your application or during the pilot, you acknowledge that Unilever, a Unilever Group company or a third party acting on its/their behalf, may have previously worked on or may be working on the same or a similar idea. By submitting your idea, you agree that we may continue to develop the idea (or a similar idea) independently of, and without acknowledging, your idea.

8. Intellectual Property
You warrant that you own the rights in any information you share with Unilever in your application and any information supplied to Unilever does not infringe the intellectual property rights, confidentiality or the rights of any third party. You will retain ownership of all protected intellectual property included your application. In the event that your proposal is selected to pilot, you will be required to enter into a mutually agreed contract with Unilever which will set out the commercial terms of the pilot, including the rights and obligations relating to the parties' respective intellectual property.



9. Changes to these Terms of Use
You agree that we may change or revise these Terms of Use from time to time by updating this posting on the Site, and that such changes will take effect immediately upon our posting, so please check these Terms of Use when you visit the Site to keep up to date. Your use of the Site and your participation in the application process reaffirms your continuing agreement to the then-current Terms of Use.

10. Privacy
Unilever takes your privacy very seriously and will use and protect any personal information you provide on this website in accordance with our Privacy Policy

11. Disclaimer
The material on the Site (including any graphics, software, digital content, recommendations or other materials) and any material made available through the Site is provided "as is" and without conditions or warranties of any kind, either express or implied.

To the fullest extent permissible pursuant to applicable law, Unilever expressly disclaims all conditions and warranties of any kind, whether express or implied, including, but not limited to all implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose, title and non-infringement. Unilever makes no warranty that (i) the operation of the Site will meet your requirements; (ii) access to the Site will be uninterrupted, timely, secure, free of viruses, worms, trojan horses or other harmful components, or free of defects or errors; (iii) the results that may be obtained from the use of the Site will be accurate or reliable; or (iv) defects will be corrected.

12. Severability
If any provision of these Terms of Use shall be found to be unlawful, void, or for any reason unenforceable, then that provision shall be deemed severable from these Terms of Use and shall not affect the validity and enforceability of any remaining provisions.

13. Waiver
No failure on the part of Unilever to enforce any part of these Terms of Use shall constitute a waiver of any of Unilever's rights under these Terms of Use whether for past or future actions on the part of any person.

14. Applicable Law and Jurisdiction
These Terms of Use and any disputes arising under or related to these Terms of Use (whether in contract, tort (including negligence), statute or otherwise) will be governed by the laws of England and Wales, without reference to its conflicts of law principles. Any legal actions, suits or proceedings arising out of these Terms of Use (whether in contract, tort (including negligence), statute or otherwise) will be brought exclusively in England and Wales, and you hereby accept and submit to the personal jurisdiction of these courts with respect to any legal actions, suits or proceedings arising out of these Terms of Use.

*For the purpose of these Terms of Use, the Unilever Group means Unilever PLC, Unilever NV and any company in which either or both together directly owns or controls the voting rights attaching to not less than 50% of the issued share capital, or controls directly or indirectly the appointment of a majority of the board of management, and references to a member of the Unilever Group or a Unilever Group company shall be construed accordingly.

**Unilever reserves the right to post challenges and allow only one route of responding to the challenge; either publicly on IDEAS, or privately.