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February 2018 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!

Tue, 06 March 2018

These five young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme for the month of February!
The Smarter Future Programme provides £5,000 in start-up funding to one winner per month to help young entrepreneurs with the most innovative business ideas to tackle the biggest energy and resource challenges we face.

The five shortlisted businesses for the month of February are:

Stephen Ao (EcoBox)
EcoBox is an eco-friendly, sustainable modular packaging and delivery service designed to eliminate single-use plastic and offer a better way to package and transport e-commerce and retail goods. Plastic bags in landfill don’t break down completely but instead photo-degrade, becoming microplastics that absorb toxins and continue to pollute the environment. EcoBox avoids this by using existing bio-materials, such as advanced bio-plastics, to create durable flatpack boxes which can be stacked compactly in storage and during delivery. The natural materials used, mycelium from mushrooms and cellulose (plant-derived matter), are fully biodegradable and help EcoBox’s aim to increase the economic attractiveness of keeping material use circular.
Nathan Edwards (CDB Design and Build) 
CDB design, build and install customised spaces made from recycled shipping containers, which would otherwise go to landfill. Engineered to totally remove the need for heavily carbon footprint-burdened, concrete building foundations, they target pop-up retail and events. To reduce heating/lighting energy demand from large homes or commercial spaces, CDB also provide self-contained micro-apartments, functional offices and exhibition areas. By prefabricating their builds and delivering the finished product, the business can reduce the carbon footprint of construction and the miles covered by contractors and material deliveries.
Sam Ghazizadeh (Captum Technology) 
Captum Technology aim to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industrial plants in a financially viable way. The business has developed technologies to capture CO2 molecules from gas streams and convert them in-situ into solid-state carbon of various chemical composition. The carbon products can be used in various manufacturing industries, such as steel. Captum’s novel approach to carbon capture converts CO2 into a valuable product, making it a usable product rather than waste.
Ali Haddad (Enni)
Enni is a virtual assistant, hosted on Facebook Messenger, who uses AI to help users manage their grocery shopping sustainably and reduce waste. Enni's features include giving users warnings before their food expires; supplying recipe suggestions based on what food is in the cupboard; providing analytics on shopping trends and what environmental impact the users are having. Enni plans to expand into offering a shopping platform for users, linking them with local and organic producers.
Ehab Sayed (Biohm) 
Biohm is a research and development-led company that aims to promote a healthier and more sustainable built environment. The business is developing their initial product, Triagomy, a panel-based construction system that does not require binding materials, additional fixtures or fasteners to create durable robust structures. The construction industry in the UK alone annually produces over 100 million tonnes of waste and around 15% of materials delivered to construction sites go straight to landfills. Alongside their primary product Triagomy, Biohm’s consultation service will allow them to work closely with other organisations to influence a more systemic and holistic approach that assesses the environmental and social impact of construction projects to create a more circular economy.

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