News | March 2017 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!
05 April 2017
These five young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme for the month of March!
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 March are:
Christophe Christiaen (Stroom Energy)
Stroom believes that small scale hydropower can play a small but important part in the transition to renewable and sustainable energy sources. Stroom’s mission is to simplify the deployment of small scale hydropower to increase its uptake and drive the energy transition. Stroom aims to create a standardised end-to-end solution for micro hydro deployments. Site selection, permits, impact assessments and cost estimates will be automated, using satellite data and complementary datasets. Potential sites will be matched with suitable micro turbines to standardise production and deployment.
Irina Fedorenko (BubbleNut Wash)
BubbleNut Wash sustainably produces natural detergents made of soapnuts (Sapindaceae berry) that provide a natural alternative to chemical-intensive products, thus decreasing the amount of harmful chemicals released into the environment and enabling the reuse of ‘grey water’. The business’ product allows grey water to be released straight into waterways without further treatment. Alternatively this water can be used as a garden fertilizer. The business is hoping to save at least 30 gallons of waste water a day in each UK household, whilst reducing the amount of phosphates released into UK rivers by 16%.
James Okwudili (Vibro Ultra)
’s innovative cloud-based design software provides a means of increasing the use of construction and demolition waste in urban infrastructure developments by using suitable waste, such as crushed recycled gravel, concrete, brick or asphalt, to improve weak soils. By using Vibro Ultra’s software, ground improvement designers can improve sites with construction waste while Vibro Ultra’s software works out how many stone columns to put on a given area, what cost-effective recycled material to use and how much of the recycled material is required for the job. The business is aiming to reduce the need for expensive ground improvement methods and create a more sustainable, resource-efficient UK.
Samuel Rogers (Braw Power)
designs portable power products for adventurers or those who are 'off-grid'. Their products are intended to allow users to keep their electronics charged and usable, whether that is for navigation, communication, documenting journeys or activities in the outdoor, military, aid, or developing economy markets. The business’ first product, a personal wind turbine, will be sized for small electronic devices, such as mobile phones and cameras.
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 currently developing their initial product, Triagomy, which is a panel-based construction system that does not require binding materials, additional fixtures or fasteners to create durable robust structures. Triagomy boasts unrivalled environmental, social and economic benefits. The construction industry in the UK alone annually produces over 100 million tonnes of waste and around 46% of materials delivered to construction sites go straight to landfills. Alongside their primary product, Triagomy, Biohm’s consultations 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.