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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.
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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.

April 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 April!

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.

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.

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