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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
  • A coaching workshop with Shell senior business leaders
  • 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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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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George Foot (Cove cosmetics)

George Foot Wins May's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


George Foot won May’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Cove.

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Aisha Raheem (Farmz2U)

Aisha Raheem Wins April's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Aisha Raheem won April’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for her business, Farmz2U.

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Elena Dieckmann (AeroPowder)

Elena Dieckmann Wins March's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Elena Dieckmann won March’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for her business, AeroPowder.

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Elena Dieckmann (AeroPowder)

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

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.

Matthew McLaren (Entomics)

Matthew McLaren (Entomics)Entomics are pioneering the transformation of food waste into sustainable sources of fuel for plants, animals and vehicles.

Adam Routledge (Edible Bug Farm)

Adam Routledge (Edible Bug Farm)Edible Bug Farm produces human grade edible insects using scientific management principles.

Marjan van Aubel (CAVENTOU)

Marjan van Aubel (CAVENTOU)CAVENTOU create sustainable smart objects that use the property of colour to convert sunlight into energy.

Zak Ajia (GreenPad Enterprise)

Zak Ajia (GreenPad Enterprise)GreenPad Enterprise is a social enterprise which provides sustainability services to businesses and communities to improve their green credentials, and reduce utility costs and carbon footprints.

Samuel Etherington (Aqua Power Technologies)

Samuel Etherington (Aqua Power Technologies)Aqua Power Technologies is developing an innovative solution to convert wave energy into electricity.

Arthur Kay (bio-bean)

Arthur Kay (bio-bean)bio-bean recycles coffee grounds into biodiesel and biomass pellets.

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.

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Spotlight on July's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Carlton Cummins, co-founder of Aceleron

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Student Entrepreneurship – why it’s worth it and how to make the most of it

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August 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 August!

Is Investment Right for Early Stage Businesses? (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE Winner, Ben Smith)

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

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Top Tips for Start-up Business Success (Posted by Innovate UK)

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Spotlight on June's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Charlotte Slingsby, founder of Moya Power

Charlotte Slingsby won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in June 2016 for her business, Moya Power.

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