Henrik Hagemann won February’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, CustoMem.
CustoMem uses nature’s capacity to make biomaterials to improve sustainability in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals. Contamination of water supplies by industrial micropollutants such as metal ions, pesticides and pharmaceuticals is a major contributor to water pollution. These micropollutants are persistent in the environment, and dangerous to human health. CustoMem makes products to tackle this problem using a patented biological production toolkit. CustoMem’s granular water filtration products capture micropollutants from industrial wastewater that are challenging to remove with current technology. The business can then safely dispose of or recycle captured micropollutants into high-value products enabling the circular economy in the wastewater treatment sector.
Commiserations to Christophe Christiaen (Stroom Energy), James Okwudili (Vibro Ultra), Sam Rogers (Braw Power) and Ehab Sayed (Biohm) who were shortlisted but did not win this time and are encouraged to reapply.
Sam Etherington won a Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award in 2014, for his business Aqua Power Technologies, before going on to be shortlisted for the 2014 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, where he won the £5,000 Future Impact Award.
Shell last night awarded a total of £180,000 of equity free funding to Carlton Cummins from Aceleron and Upside Energy as the national winners of Shell Springboard and Shell LiveWIRE. With a total of £440,000 in funding available in 2017, the programmes are designed to recognise and reward the most innovative UK low-carbon businesses and the most inspirational young sustainability entrepreneurs.