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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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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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Terence Chung (FRUU)

Terence Chung Wins August's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Terence Chung won August’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, FRUU.

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Carlton Cummins (Aceleron)

Carlton Cummins Wins July's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Carlton Cummins won July’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Aceleron.

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Charlotte Slingsby (Moya Power)

Charlotte Slingsby Wins June's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Charlotte Slingsby won June’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for her business, Moya Power.

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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.

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Millennials Rise to the Challenge: 9 Start-ups that are engineering the future

Generation Y has often been misunderstood. Sometimes perceived as being ‘soft’ , they’ve been accused of being unequipped for adulthood because they perhaps never had to use a handsaw or maybe can’t identify an answering machine if you put it in front of them.

GreenPad Enterprise is December's Featured Business of the Month

Zak Ajia won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business GreenPad Enterprise, which he started after graduating, in December 2015.

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November 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 November!

A Year in the Life of an Entrepreneur (Posted by Tom Robinson)

Almost a year on from being crowned the 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Tom Robinson, Founder of Adaptavate, shares his experiences in starting-up a business.

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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Spotlight on September's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Alex Bond, co-founder of Fresh Check

Alex Bond won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in September 2016 for his business, Fresh Check.

Can aquaponic urban farming bring food waste to a halt? (Posted by GrowUp Urban Farms)

Fish feces is full of nutrients – in particular, it’s high in ammonia, which is converted into nitrogen and is very useful for plants. From using fish feces as nutrients for our plants, to recirculating the water in our aquaponics system, we work on the principle that waste never truly gets ‘thrown away’.

102 funding opportunities for your low-carbon idea

Business in the low-carbon and sustainability sectors in particular face unique challenges and need funding partners that take this into account. That’s why this year, we launched the Access to Finance Navigator – an interactive, digital database to help small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) identify funding opportunities in the low-carbon, cleantech and sustainability sectors.

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