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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 Smarter Future Programme supports young entrepreneurs with smart and innovative ideas that meet the energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population. The programme awards a start-up grant of £5,000 each month to one 16-30 year old entrepreneur with an idea that addresses sustainable living challenges through smart innovation. Winners are also invited to take part in a coaching workshop with Shell senior business leaders. The awards are 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 science can inspire design projects (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE winner, Elena Dieckmann)

Contemporary design projects that tackle complex problems (such as climate change, ageing societies, electronic waste or air pollution) all face the same problem. The more effective and truly innovative the idea becomes, the more speculative and unrealistic the design gets.

Spotlight on April's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Aisha Raheem, founder of Farmz2U

Aisha Raheem won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in April 2016 for her business, Farmz2U.

To Start-up or not to Start-up: How to Manage a New Business while at University (Posted by Matt Anderson, Edible Bug Farm)

This blog is the fifth of a special Shell LiveWIRE blog series aimed at celebrating and demystifying student entrepreneurship. In this blog, entrepreneur Matt Anderson provides inspiring tips to help you manage your new business while at university.

Caventou is June's Featured Business of the Month

Marjan van Aubel won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in July 2015 for her business Caventou which she started after graduating University, aged 24.

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.

May 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 May!

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.

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

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

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.

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

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