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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 new Smarter Future Programme supports young entrepreneurs with smart and innovative ideas that meet the energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population. The new programme awards a start-up grant of £5,000 and mentoring each month to one 16-30 year old entrepreneur with an idea that addresses sustainable living challenges through smart innovation. The awards will be 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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Business Risk: The Ongoing Story (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE Winner, Ben P F Smith)

There is a common misconception that entrepreneurs are risk takers. The best entrepreneurs are not; they minimise the level of risk which they are about to undertake as much of possible. Of course, there is an inherent uncertainty in starting anything new, but this shouldn’t be an excuse to make decisions blindly.

July's Featured Business of the Month

Shell LiveWIRE sat down with Kenneth to catch up on how the business has been going since he launched 6 years ago, and to see what’s next for BEEcycle.

How to Start a Business in Five Steps (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE Winner, Andrew Jervis)

Starting a business actually isn’t that difficult, but there are a few key things you can do to increase the likelihood of your business being a success.

Win a membership to the exclusive Institute of Directors (IoD) 99 club by filling in our short survey

As we strive to support this thriving community in the best way possible, we would like to hear a bit more about your business and entrepreneurial journey to enable us to focus our support on issues that are most relevant to today’s entrepreneurs.

The Best Bits from London Technology Week, 15-21 June (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE)

London Technology Week celebrated the capital’s thriving technology sector with hundreds of exciting business events in an effort to narrow the gap with the Silicon Valley. Over 40,000 people took part, attending discussions, workshops and networking opportunities with industry influencers like Google, Amazon, Bloomberg and IBM.

Spotlight on May's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Maneesh Varshney

Maneesh Varshney won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in May 2015 for his business, Naturosys.

The Value of Mentoring (Posted by Dawn Whiteley, Chief Executive at National Enterprise Network)

When people are planning to start or build a business, they are often in need of external support – for someone to guide them on their journey, to give them a few pointers and to reassure them as they take their brave first steps into self-employment.

June 2015 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 June!

How to use online videos to make your business successful (Posted by Michelle Ogun)

To ensure your business is a success there is a key ingredient, which is engaging your target audience. You may be wondering how exactly do I do this, well one thing many successful organisations do is provide quality content. This article will be focusing on engaging your audience through providing online video content.

Maneesh Varshney wins May's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

Maneesh Varshney won May’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Naturosys.


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