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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 participate in the Shell LiveWIRE International Let's Go Trade Programme
  • 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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Elena Dieckmann (FeatherFill)

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


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

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Karina Maksimiuk (Hubebub)

Karina Maksimiuk Wins February's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Karina Maksimiuk won February’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for her business, Hubebub.

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Revive Eco

Fergus Moore Wins January's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Fergus Moore won January’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Revive Eco.

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Zak Ajia (GreenPad Enterprise)

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.

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Adam Routledge (Edible Bug Farm)

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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Elena Dieckmann (FeatherFill)

 Elena Dieckmann (FeatherFill) FeatherFill 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.

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.

Adam Routledge (Edible Bug Farm)

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

Michael McLeod (Universal Resource Trading)

 Michael McLeod (Universal Resource Trading)The business provides an easy way for universities to recoup space, generate revenue and prevent waste of their unwanted equipment.

Matthew McLaren (Entomics)

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

Ravi Toor (Filamentive)

Ravi Toor (Filamentive)Filamentive is a sustainable 3D printing material brand.

Marjan van Aubel (CAVENTOU)

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

Thomas Robinson (Adaptavate)

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

Maneesh Varshney (Naturosys)

Maneesh Varshney (Naturosys)Naturosys creates organic fertiliser and fish feed from food waste.

Adam Meekings (Penumbra Power)

Adam Meekings (Penumbra Power)Penumbra Power is a technology start-up committed to the reduction of emissions from vehicle exhaust gasses

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.

Mason Holden (Urbanminded)

Mason Holden (Urbanminded)Urbanminded helps cities evolve with changing public need through the design, manufacture, supply and installation of inventive ad supported street furniture and services.

Daniel Roberts (BananaBerry)

Daniel Roberts (BananaBerry)BananaBerry is a social enterprise that utilises surplus fruit and vegetables to create smoothies.

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.

Laurence Kemball-Cook (Pavegen)

Laurence Kemball-Cook (Pavegen)Pavegen Systems produces paving slabs which generate electricity from footsteps.

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Why (and How) You should Be Turning Your University Project into a Business (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE winner, Sam Etherington)

This blog is the fourth of a special Shell LiveWIRE blog series aimed at celebrating and demystifying student entrepreneurship. In this blog, entrepreneur Sam Etherington talks through some of the reasons why you should turn your university project into a business.

bio-bean: Sustainable Solutions Powered by Coffee Grounds

Founded in 2013 by architecture student Arthur Kay, bio-bean started as a solution to recycle coffee grounds into biofuels. That idea has grown into an award-winning business, & bio-bean recently launched its second advanced biofuel product – Coffee Logs

The Best Graduate Job is Building Your Own Start-up (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE winner, Solveiga Pakštaitė)

This blog is the third of a special Shell LiveWIRE blog series aimed at celebrating and demystifying student entrepreneurship. In this blog, entrepreneur Solveiga Pakštaitė talks through some of the best graduate job is starting your own business.

Spotlight on March's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Elena Dieckmann, co-founder of FeatherFill

Elena Dieckmann won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in March 2016 for her business, FeatherFill.

Support, Funding, Inspiration: University is the Best Place to Start a Business (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE winner, Ravi Toor)

This blog is the second of a special Shell LiveWIRE blog series aimed at celebrating and demystifying student entrepreneurship. In this blog, entrepreneur Ravi Toor talks through some of the reasons why university is the best place to start a business.

Construction solutions for a smarter, more sustainable future (Interview with Tom Robinson, Founder of Adaptavate)

The 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Tom Robinson is the founder of Adaptavate, a company making the next generation of building materials more sustainable and energy efficient. Last week, we caught up with Tom to talk about the inspiration behind his business and its contribution to a low carbon economy.

From Classroom to Boardroom (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE Winner, Revive Eco)

Becoming an entrepreneur – a daunting task for anyone. Abandoning a steady paycheck, sacrificing your personal time (and health) for the good of the business and taking the risk that the entire venture could fail completely.

Adaptavate is May's Featured Business of the Month

Tom Robinson won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business Adaptavate in June 2015 before going on to be shortlisted for, and win, the 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Pitching Your New Business Idea – The Four Most Important Tips You’ll Ever Read (Posted by Innovate UK)

If the prospect of pitching your new business idea to investors has you quaking in your boots, you’re on the right track. Being daunted or even terrified ahead of the big pitch basically demonstrates how important it is to you and how important it is that things go well. If you have something of a ‘take it or leave it’ attitude by contrast, you are already on thin ice.

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

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

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