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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 and mentoring 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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A Journey there and back again – Can lessons be learnt and money made from the failures of the past? (Posted by Dr Amrit S. Chandan)

Change is all around us! Fortunes are made and lost. What was once accepted as status quo is no longer a safe bet. For example, within the automotive field, Chrysler and General Motors both went bankrupt in 2009. On the other hand, it is exciting watching Tesla Motors who appear to be giving the automotive old-hands a run for their money. We’re living in uncertain times and it’s exhilarating.

September 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 September!

Innovative Mobility: Getting Around in the Future (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE winner, Adam Meekings)

Every generation has been part of, or witnessed a huge achievement or advance in technology. How we get ourselves, our food, and our produce around in the future could be the biggest change this generation witnesses.

Ravi Toor Wins August's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

Ravi Toor won August’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Filamentive.

Autonomous Vehicles - What Next? (Posted by Alex Schey of Vantage Power)

The driverless vehicle wave is about to crest as automotive manufacturers start testing – and in some cases selling – vehicles with increasingly autonomous capabilities in the wake of supportive legislation, exponential growth in machine learning algorithms and the required processing power. From Tesla’s Model S sedan to Daimler’s Freightliner truck, the race is clearly on.

Spotlight on July’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Thor Schuitemaker-Wichstrøm, co-founder of CAVENTOU

Thor Schuitemaker-Wichstrøm won July’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, CAVENTOU. Along with £5,000 funding Thor will also receive mentoring sessions with programme alumni and a coaching workshop with Shell senior business leaders.

Taking your business global: Amber Energy’s Nick Proctor reflects on his recent trade trip to America

In May 2015, Nick Proctor, Founder and Managing Director of Amber Energy, a UK-based energy management company, took a trade trip to the United States as part of Shell LiveWIRE’s international Let’s Go Trade programme to explore a partnership opportunity with an American company.

Thor Schuitemaker-Wichstrøm wins July's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

Thor Schuitemaker-Wichstrøm won July’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, CAVENTOU.

Business Risk: The Ongoing Story (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE Winner, Ben P F Smith)

There is a common misconception that entrepreneurs are risk takers. The best entrepreneurs are not; they minimise the level of risk which they are about to undertake as much of possible. Of course, there is an inherent uncertainty in starting anything new, but this shouldn’t be an excuse to make decisions blindly.

SafetyNet Technologies is August's Featured Business of the Month

Shell LiveWIRE sat down with Daniel to catch up on how the business has been going since he launched 6 years ago, and to see what’s next for SafteyNet Technologies.