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Welcome to Shell LiveWIRE, the UK's biggest online community for young entrepreneurs aged 16-30.

Established in 1982, the Shell LiveWIRE programme offers free online business advice and funding to young entrepreneurs in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). 

The new Smarter Future Programme supports young entrepreneurs with smart and innovative ideas that meet the energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population. The new programme awards a start-up grant of £5,000 each month to one 16-30 year old entrepreneur with an idea that addresses sustainable living challenges through smart innovation. The awards will be judged against the following four categories:

  • Smarter use of natural resources – the most innovative and commercially viable solutions that reduce, reuse or recycle essential natural resources to help meet the demands from a growing population.
  • Shaping a sustainable energy future – ideas that could enhance energy efficiency, produce cleaner energy or reduce carbon emissions.
  • Smarter mobility solutions – solutions that help transport more people and goods safely, cost-effectively, efficiently and with a reduced impact on the environment.
  • Smarter cities solutions – start-ups that will help make our urban environments cleaner, smarter and more sustainable places to work and live in.
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Man with a Toothbrush (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE Winner, Dan Roberts, Founder of BananaBerry)

There is no point in "the small" competing against each other whilst "the big" look down and laugh, many of whom are meanwhile moping along in their sluggish manner doing the same thing that they were 10 years ago.

Flagship Pavegen Installation Confirmed for Canary Wharf District

Shell LiveWIRE winner Pavegen dominated the awards ceremony at Europe’s largest technology accelerator!

Standing Out From the Crowd (Posted by Michelle Mone OBE, Founder of Ultimo)

The aim of any business is to sell more than your competitors. But for this to happen, you need to remind your customers why they should buy from you rather than a rival. So ask yourself, what is it about your firm that is distinctive?

March 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!

These five young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme for the month of March.

Top Tips for Running Your Own Business (Posted by Michelle Mone OBE, Founder of Ultimo)

Running your own business can be a million different things: exhilarating, daunting, demanding, liberating, stressful and rewarding. But whether you’re aiming to open a shop or become the next Richard Branson, there are means and ways of ensuring you get the fundamentals right, which will make the rollercoaster all the smoother.

Spotlight on the first Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Daniel Roberts, founder of BananaBerry

Daniel Roberts won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in January 2015 for his business, BananaBerry.

How to Start Your Own Businesses (Posted by Michelle Mone OBE, Founder of Ultimo)

Starting your own business is hard work – seriously hard work – and can quite often feel like you’re on a rollercoaster. But if you believe in what you're doing, it can also be the most rewarding job in the world.

New Shell LiveWIRE programme inspires young entrepreneurs to create a smarter future

Admium and BananaBerry are first winners of Smarter Future Programme supporting entrepreneurs to meet the needs of a growing population

Exporting to new markets – translating your business into success! (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE winner, Kathryn Birch)

A recent report suggests that 72% of customers abroad would rather buy products that provide information in their own language. Translation and localisation are important things to think about when trying to export.

Mason Holden wins February's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

Mason Holden won February’s £5,000 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Admium.