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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.
Join our community now to help launch your new business today!
 

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November 2016 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!

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Haidin Rashid Wins October's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

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

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

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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’.

Shell Springboard 2015 National Winner, GravityLight, helps light up Kenya with 50 Nights Relay

To celebrate this year’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, take a look at how Shell is collaborating with GravityLight to bring light to Kenyan homes.

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