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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.
Join our community now to help launch your new business today!

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How to Start a Business in Five Steps (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE Winner, Andrew Jervis)

Starting a business actually isn’t that difficult, but there are a few key things you can do to increase the likelihood of your business being a success.

Maneesh Varshney wins May's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

Maneesh Varshney won May’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Naturosys.

The Best Bits from London Technology Week, 15-21 June (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE)

London Technology Week celebrated the capital’s thriving technology sector with hundreds of exciting business events in an effort to narrow the gap with the Silicon Valley. Over 40,000 people took part, attending discussions, workshops and networking opportunities with industry influencers like Google, Amazon, Bloomberg and IBM.

Spotlight on April's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Adam Meekings founder of Penumbra Power

Adam Meekings won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in April 2015 for his business, Penumbra Power.

The Value of Mentoring (Posted by Dawn Whiteley, Chief Executive at National Enterprise Network)

When people are planning to start or build a business, they are often in need of external support – for someone to guide them on their journey, to give them a few pointers and to reassure them as they take their brave first steps into self-employment.

Adam Meekings wins April's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

Adam Meekings won April’s £5,000 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Penumbra Power.

How to use online videos to make your business successful (Posted by Michelle Ogun)

To ensure your business is a success there is a key ingredient, which is engaging your target audience. You may be wondering how exactly do I do this, well one thing many successful organisations do is provide quality content. This article will be focusing on engaging your audience through providing online video content.

Spotlight on March's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Solveiga Pakstaite founder of Design By Sol

Solveiga Pakstaite won £5,000 and mentoring in the month of March as part of the newly-opened Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme.

Innovating for a Smarter Future: Business Success Through Sustainable Innovation (Posted by Business in the Community)

In Responsible Business Week 2015 (April 20-26), Sam Etherington, winner of the 2014 Shell LiveWIRE Future Impact Award, shared a high-level panel platform with some of the world’s leading companies on how innovation is increasingly going hand-in-hand with sustainability and business growth.

Solveiga Pakstaite wins March's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

Solveiga Pakstaite won March’s £5,000 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for her business, Design By Sol.