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August 2014 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award Winners!

Wed, 01 October 2014

These 4 young entrepreneurs have each won £1,000 for their start-up in August's Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards!
Samuel Etherington (Aqua Power Technologies Limited) (pictured)

Aqua Power Technologies is developing an innovative, financially feasible, and mechanically sound solution to convert wave energy into electricity. The wave energy converters, designed and fabricated by Aqua Power Technologies, are deployed within the offshore environment, anchored and left to generate energy from the natural power of the waves. The multi-axis nature of the design is its unique selling point and key novel design invention. The structure’s ability to absorb all the forces being applied to it not only increases its power generating potential, but also helps to provide a longer duration in service, due to the lack of stress being applied to the structure. 
 
Richard Purcell (Medincle Ltd) 

Medincle have developed an affordable and extensively compatible British medical spell checking programme built for students as well as healthcare professionals. Medincle’s small widget of software seamlessly integrates itself into a user’s word processing programme (Office or iWork), enabling them to proofread their documents. Since they began trading in early 2014, Medincle has rolled out their software and have secured sales with a number of universities and their programme is currently being used by over 4,000 medical and dentistry students, as well as faculty and staff. 
 
Michael Slade (Sterling Shave Club Ltd) 

The Sterling Shave Club provides subscription shaving product boxes for men, delivering up to five razor heads to your door each month. The Sterling Shave Club currently offers a range of three packages, all of which include a free handle and at least four razor heads per month, starting from £3.95, saving its customers time and money. The packages contain a range of products and features including trimmer blades, vitamin E and aloe lubricating strips, unique pivoting design, and ceramic coated blades with an anti-drag feature.
 
Stephanie Woolven (StephieAnn Design) 
StephieAnn Design creates luxury lingerie which emphasises creativity by concentrating on innovative surface design. Applying a textile perspective, the business creates prints featuring original hand-drawings and photography, transformed through technology and printed in Britain onto silks. StephieAnn’s first collection features luxury and affordable knicker ranges, soft cup bras, camisoles, shorts and teddies for loungewear.  The business plans to offer a monthly ‘knicker gift subscription’, which will feature new seasonal collections and collectable print designs delivered monthly to your door.
 

Commiserations to James Brown (Beer52), Gabriel Churchill (LooseThreads), Vikesh Mistry (Instructor Engine LTD), Christos Orthodoxou (Class Careers) , Ash Reza (Myy feed limited) , Piers Rudgard-Redsell (Airbyte Limited) who were shortlisted but did not win this time and are encouraged to reapply.
 

Win funding for your business

If you think that you or your business has what it takes to win a Shell LiveWIRE Award you can apply online now via our Awards page.