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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 exclusive Shell events and workshops. 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.
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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.