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Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme

Do you have a smart business idea that will help meet the needs of our growing population?

By 2050, our planet could be home to more than 9 billion people with 75% living in cities – up from 50% today. More people will enjoy higher living standards, gaining access to modern transportation, reliable energy, cleaner water, or buy their first mobile, refrigerator or car.

How will society manage this? Ensuring sufficient supply of resources will pose considerable challenges.  At the same time it presents a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of UK entrepreneurs. 

The Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future programme consists of:

  • Start-up funding of £5,000 to one monthly winner
  • Access to exclusive Shell events and workshops
  • The opportunity to be considered for the annual £25,000 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Find out more and apply now!

Shell launched the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme to support young, innovative entrepreneurs like you to meet the ever-increasing energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population.

The award is open to any entrepreneur aged 16-30 who has been trading for less than a year, or is looking to start trading in the next 12 months, and has an idea that addresses the UK's future transport, energy, or natural resource challenges, or makes our urban environments cleaner and more sustainable places to work and live in. Together, we can build a Smarter Future. 

 

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Karina Sudenyte (Wonky Drinks)

Karina Sudenyte Wins January's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Karina Sudenyte won January’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for her business, Wonky Drinks.

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Mohammed Shah (IDK UNO)

Mohammed Shah Wins December's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Mohammed Shah won December’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, IDK UNO.

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Sylvia Sun (GreenRide Sharing)

Sylvia Sun Wins November's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Sylvia Sun won November’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for her business, GreenRide Sharing.

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Haidin Rashid (Materialize.X)

Haidin Rashid Wins October's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Haidin Rashid won October’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Materialize.X.

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Alex Bond (Fresh Check)

Alex Bond Wins September's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Alex Bond won September’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Fresh Check.

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Karina Maksimiuk (Hubebub)

Karina Maksimiuk (Hubebub)Hubebub converts energy consumption data into actionable insights.

Fergus Moore (Revive Eco)

Fergus Moore (Revive Eco)Revive offers a unique waste recycling service and a range of products, derived from used coffee grounds.

Thomas Robinson (Adaptavate)

Thomas Robinson (Adaptavate)Adaptavate are completely rethinking and redesigning how the new generation of building materials are made.

Solveiga Pakstaite (Design By Sol)

Solveiga Pakstaite (Design By Sol)Design By Sol have developed an innovative, integrated, bio-reactive food expiry label, Bump Mark.

George Foot (Cove)

George Foot (Cove)Cove utilises upcycled seashells as a low-cost microplastic replacement in cosmetics.

Charlotte Slingsby (Moya Power)

Charlotte Slingsby (Moya Power)Moya Power is a company researching and developing a clean wind energy solution.

Carlton Cummins (Aceleron)

 Carlton Cummins (Aceleron) Aceleron is a technology company focused on providing low cost energy storage.

Terence Chung (FRUU)

Terence Chung (FRUU)FRUU is a British indie cosmetic company specialising in sustainable fruit-derived skincare products.

Alex Bond (Fresh Check)

Alex Bond (Fresh Check)Fresh Check has developed a chemical that changes from blue to orange in the presence of bacteria

Elena Dieckmann (Aeropowder)

 Elena Dieckmann (Aeropowder) Aeropowder will create high performance insulation materials that make use of feather waste.

Haidin Rashid (Materialize.X)

Haidin Rashid (Materialize.X)Materialize.X takes low grade, low value biomass and turns it into something valuable.

Sylvia Sun (GreenRide Sharing)

Sylvia Sun (GreenRide Sharing)The GreenRide app is a platform which facilitates on-demand non-commercial ride sharing for commuters and ad hoc travellers.

Mohammed Shah (IDK UNO)

Mohammed Shah (IDK UNO)POW is a new project by IDK UNO which aims to accelerate the adoption of personal low range electric vehicles

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Five reasons the circular economy is good for your business (Posted by Louise McGregor)

We need to change the way we consume materials and products. It’s an environmental imperative, but it’s also a business opportunity – and one with real prospects.

Mupe is June's Featured Business of the Month

George Foot won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in May 2016 for his business Mupe, which he started whilst studying for his PhD.

A resources utilisation paradigm for the 21st century (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE winner Haidin Rashid)

John Elkington identified several years ago a concept known as the ‘Triple Bottom Line’1, which then became popular in management books and corporate responsibility statements. While traditionally the only bottom line is that of ‘Profit’, we have instead ‘People, Planet, Profit’.

Spotlight on April's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Sam Rogers, founder of Braw Power

Sam Rogers won April's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Braw Power.

From Smoothies to Energy Storage Solutions – Celebrating 35 Years of Young UK Innovators

This year, Shell LiveWIRE celebrates 35 years of supporting bright, young, innovative businesses up and down the UK.

May 2017 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 May!

Supporting women entrepreneurs to drive innovation and diversity in the UK (Posted by Griselda Togobo)

The STEM sector is one that is known to have a significant under representation of women. Although businesses are working to improve diversity across all sectors of business, gender numbers haven’t changed much since - and the situation is even direr when we talk about women starting businesses within the sector.

Sam Rogers Wins April's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

Sam Rogers won April’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Braw Power.

Spotlight on March's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Irina Fedorenko, co-founder of BubbleNut Wash

Irina Fedorenko won March’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for her business, BubbleNut Wash.

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