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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 Smarter Future Programme supports young entrepreneurs with smart and innovative ideas that meet the energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population. The 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. Winners are also invited to take part in a coaching workshop with Shell senior business leaders. The awards are 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.
Join our community now to help launch your new business today!
 

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Transforming Food Waste from a Burden into a Resource (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE Winner, Matt McLaren)

Each year in the UK, more than one third of all food purchased ends up as food waste – enough to fill nine Wembley Stadiums to the brim. Disposing of this waste represents a significant burden on UK society, directly costing the average household £400 per year and the Food & Hospitality industry £10,000 per outlet. It also accounts for over 20 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions each year.

January 2016 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 January!

Coping with Failure (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE Winner, Akeem Ojuko)

Failure – the word that becomes a bane to many peoples lives – intrinsically to start-up business owners, mainly because of the worry that one day you may feel like a failure or that you will literally be indefinitely told….YOU failed.

Zak Ajia Wins December's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

Zak Ajia won December’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, GreenPad Enterprise.

GEW Blog Series: Engineers and Entrepreneurs Are the Key to Unlocking Britain's Innovations (Posted by Ana Avaliani, Royal Academy of Engineering)

This blog is the sixth of a special Shell LiveWIRE Global Entrepreneurship Week blog series aimed at celebrating innovation and using it to take your business idea and 'Make it Happen!'

Lacuna Digital is January's Featured Business of the Month

Daniel Roberts won a Shell LiveWIRE Sustainability Award in 2014 and a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in 2015 for his business BananaBerry, a social enterprise which utilises surplus fruit and vegetables to create smoothies.

GEW Blog Series: Why is Innovation Important? (Posted by Dan McLaughlin)

This blog is the fifth of a special Shell LiveWIRE Global Entrepreneurship Week blog series aimed at celebrating innovation and using it to take your business idea and make it happen!

Spotlight on November’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Adam Routledge, co-founder of Edible Bug Farm

Adam Routledge won November’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Edible Bug Farm.

GEW Blog Series: Advice I'd Like to Give My Younger Self

This blog is the fourth of a special Shell LiveWIRE Global Entrepreneurship Week blog series aimed at celebrating innovation and using it to take your business idea and 'Make it Happen!'

Adam Routledge Wins November's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

Adam Routledge won November’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Edible Bug Farm.

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