Fikay Eco Fashion is a simple concept with a huge impact. The customer buys one ethically made recycled bag or related product and the business will donate up to 50 bricks to building projects in producing communities. The company pays a fair competitive wage to local villagers who create the bags out of locally sourced recycled materials, so not only do the producers get a fair and reasonable wage, but they also have the opportunity to learn valuable skills that permit them to have a sustainable, effective way to get out of poverty. The ethical collection is then sold to Fikay’s customers. The mission is to design, manufacture and sell inspirational, hope-inspiring fashion that is high in quality. Fikay is currently in partnership with Topdeck travel, TNT Travel and Rough Guides, and they plan to launch an eco fashion tourism internship where fashion students and individuals can go on a fashion adventure and impact every part of production.
Mooshie is a new kind of gourmet street food which showcases various types of wild mushrooms in the form of three main dishes: a signature burger, a wrap, and a ciabatta. The product is full of flavours and natural ingredients and is enhanced by a range of original sauces that complement the selection. As the business grows, Mooshie will introduce new dishes that fit with the concept and will use the seasonality aspect of exotic mushrooms to change the selection and flavours. The business will use innovative practices in product selection, choosing ethical suppliers and healthy ingredients.
WeSold offers a much needed alternative for people selling their homes, and exploits the growing popularity in online estate agents. WeSold is unique in that it offers a pay-per-view service and has no upfront fees. There is no initial charge to anyone taking up this service but the business charges a viewing fee for each viewing, up to a maximum of 12 viewings. The Online Agents market is growing fast, but such agencies lack innovation and still use the same upfront fee pricing model they started with. Research has shown that paying an upfront fee of between £250 and £600 was putting off 90% of customers who were against paying an upfront fee which is not returned if they do not manage to sell their property. WeSold’s pay-per-view service provides an innovative solution to this problem.
Caribbean Coaching works to develop sport in the Caribbean by taking over UK coaches and donated equipment. Coaches pay to come and coach at both a National and grassroots level on four and two week projects. Throughout their stay, the coaches will work on local projects geared towards social enhancement through sport, such as female empowerment through sport which looks to tackle a range of social issues such as HIV and drugs. The projects offer people the chance to coach at a much higher level and to test and develop their coaching skills and abilities while creating a very impressive CV. The business also works closely with a St Lucian charity and helps them in other rewarding projects, such as working with children with learning difficulties and youth offenders.
Shake the Dust is an ethical design brand which sources, produces and sells handmade luxury homeware and accessories. The products are created through collaborations between carefully selected emerging British designers and ethical producers in developing countries. Shake the Dust initiates commissions and guides these partnerships under its flagship brand, turning traditional craftsmanship into design-led contemporary products and providing employment, profit and development for all.
Speakset is aiming to simplify video calling for the elderly through the creation of a device that plugs into the TV, allowing grandparents to connect with grandchildren at the click of a button. Current video devices are built for a generation that has grown up with computers; they are not user friendly for the older generation who haven’t had the required technical training. The TV is the perfect familiar, intuitive and comfortable environment to support video calls.The device simply plugs in and is operated with a remote control.
Tutudesk UK provides portable school desks, Tutudesks, to children in Sub Saharan Africa. The Tutudesk is simply a flat, plastic writing surface that rests on the child’s lap. It is lightweight, portable and recyclable. Over 95 million children in Sub Saharan Africa don’t have the benefit of a classroom desk. This affects the development of literacy and overall academic performance. Over 1 million desks have already been distributed and the Campaign aims to distribute a further 20 million by the end of 2015. Research suggests that this will have a significant impact on the educational success of this generation of African children.
Fixflo is an online problem reporting system for residential property repairs (e.g. leaking roof). Fixflo is initially being targeted at the private rented subsector in which tenants rent professionally managed properties. Fixflo guides a tenant through a structured issue identification process and uses the information that is provided by a tenant (including photos) to create a clear and consistent issue report for that tenant's property manager. Fixflo allows works to be carried out more quickly and effectively, reducing the need for email and telephone exchanges or physical inspections to identify the problem.
Revision App is the UK's leading mobile education brand, providing 300,000 students with the educational content (flashcards and videos) that they will need throughout their 15 years of studying. This includes millions of exam prep notes, educational videos and a directory of local private tutors.
Mallzee offers an innovative platform for shoppers and retailers alike. Online shopping is the future, but it isn’t the most sociable and fun option. Mallzee has been created for social online shopping. People can shop together by using the integrated Facebook chat tool, creating polls, and building their own mall with all their favourite shops. With an advanced recommendation engine, it’s like having a personal shopper in your own personal mall. By offering a shopping revolution whilst allowing retailers to be part of the platform, customers can connect with the brand on a personal level, something which is important to the modern consumer.
Insight Arcade will match skills gaps with learning opportunities through a comprehensive and intelligent online marketplace. Aggregating course information from thousands of training providers worldwide, the company will provide personalised curriculums backed with the group purchasing power of an entire marketplace. Essentially, the service could be described as managed learning and development and can be broken down into three parts: learning needs analysis tools, a skills brokerage service leading to personalised curriculums for individual learners, and follow-up evaluations. By sourcing the most relevant training opportunity for the learner while aggregating demand, Insight Arcade can ensure that companies are making the most of their training budgets.
Operation Fitness provides a dynamic approach to fitness training with a friendly and laid back atmosphere to ensure people enjoy every class. Both instructors are ex-military and provide 12 classes of exercise per week. Every exercise class is different to the last, and the business uses a wide range of training methods to ensure across fit training approach to gain the best results, and to ensure people achieve a high level of motivation. Operation Fitness provides a service which tackles a wide range of social problems including obesity and depression.
Old Bond provides tailored advertising solutions for brands with breakthrough technology which allows the transfer of video clips, images and logos from a computer onto the wheels of an ordinary bicycle. Such video-bikes immediately grab audiences and magnetise people – this is exactly what is needed for outdoor advertisers. The technology is an absolute novelty in the UK. The business will focus on advertising initially, with plans for expansion into the retail industry, as well as exploring the potential for transferring the technology to new products.
Leading Edge MedTech is a product design engineering business that commercialises its technologies for the medical devices industry. They have a passion to impact the healthcare industry with ground breaking med-tech innovations and are currently looking to develop a new set of innovative electrodes to be used in the dissection of body tissue. This new electrosurgical innovation will enhance blood control during incisions and dissection; offer more precise and localised cutting and control of the electrical current; increase staff and patient safety; and reduce set-up time and, consequently, room for error. It will improve the hospital theatre management process and will lead to huge money savings to the health services and make advancements in the quality of patient care.
now>press>play creates and delivers immersive curriculum-based audio experiences for primary school children. In a now>press>play experience, the children put on wireless headphones and are plunged into the world of their topic, becoming a character and playing out a story which fuses narrative sound and music to bring the curriculum to life. The business improves children's understanding of the curriculum, develops emotional and social responses to a topic, improves access to learning for children with SEN, EAL and EBD, improves engagement amongst boys, and is tailored to fit a school's class sizes, needs and timetable.
The Lazy Camper is a complete camping kit containing everything campers need, all in one bag. The kit is perfect for festivals and includes a high quality two-man tent, mummy shaped sleeping bag, comfy sleeping mat, camping stool, cooking stove, fuel carrier,matches, stainless steel mug, stainless steel food tins, five-litre water carrier, waterproof poncho, toilet seat covers, mini first aid kit, LED headlamp, and a cutlery kit. The business offers delivery direct to the customer and is currently working with major festivals to offer customers the option of collecting the kit at the festival.
Big Green Plan is a corporate responsibility and sustainable communications company, specialising in helping small and medium sized companies to minimise their environmental footprint and communicate their achievements. Big Green Plan will help companies who meet their targets promote their achievements. The services are split into three stages:Baseline, Implementation, and Review, which will help companies adhere to legislation, save costs, achieve their sustainability goals, and stand out from the crowd.
Packed Munches sends boxes of British treats to British students studying outside the UK so that they can receive a taste of home. Aiming to offer a selection of sweet,savoury, or mixed packages, each box contains famous and popular British brands that are not available outside the UK. Packed Munches will work on a subscription service model, allowing users to receive monthly boxes with supplies to last until the next package arrives. Packed Munches aims to expand the service to the British ex-pat community at large and subscriptions to the Munch boxes could also be purchased as gifts.
Written Medicine Ltd is creating software for pharmacies that will print bilingual medicine labels, which contain the directions for use for the medicine, both in English and in the patient’s language of choice. By doing so, Written Medicine is seeking to solve the problem of pharmacy dispensing labels only containing directions in English, even though patients of ethnic descent may not always be proficient in reading the language. Such technology currently exists in pharmacies abroad (California, New York and Dubai) attesting to its feasibility in multicultural societies.
Sneakerly is a website for new footwear development that will manufacture and sell printed canvas shoes designed and chosen by the website’s community. Designers and illustrators submit designs based on a sneaker template and the business showcases them for the website’s community to decide which designs go to production. Each design has 25 days to receive 250 pre-orders, or ‘endorsements’.If a design successfully reaches this goal the customer’s credit card is billed, the designer is awarded a $2,500 cash prize, and Sneakerly manufactures the sneakers to fulfil the orders. By using the crowdfunding model, Sneakerly is ensuring that capital is invested into footwear people want to buy.
Wriggle is revolutionising the way games are played on smartphones. With current games (such as Draw Something, SongPop and Words With Friends), the user spends a huge amount of time waiting for their opponent to take a move. Wriggle has invented a new gaming mechanism that solves this problem, and still allows users to play games with their friends. AppSoc will be built as an independent software and in such a way that this new gaming mechanism can be integrated with apps created by other developers, as well as their own creations.
Piñata is a monthly mail-based subscription service delivering personalised boxes of age appropriate creative learning activities addressed directly to children aged between three and eight. The product puts the child at the centre of their own childhood experience, providing tool kits to empower families to learn and play together on their own terms. From creative-making and healthy-baking to sewing and growing, this toolkit allows families to re-establish values and spend quality time together.
Choclateas is a beverage company concentrating specifically on tea-based drinks. The drinks will use a mix of the finest loose leaf teasfrom around the world, pure organic cocoa and organic fair trade dark chocolate.The business is aiming to offer an alternative to sinful drinks such as hot chocolates and calorie-laden lattes with a much more satisfying, sophisticated and healthier option. With less than 20 calories per cup, and no unnecessary additives and preservatives, Choclateas is the ideal low calorie treat drink.
Buggage is a patented bag designed to keep kids entertained on-the-go. Travelling with young children is a challenge for any parent. With long queues, lost toys and tantrums, keeping kids amused is no easy task. Aimed at children 2-6yrs, the modular product is made up of three ‘pods’ selected from a range of travel accessories, activities or space to carry your own things. These attach to a carrying strap, creating a ‘grab bag’ which children can take with them for en-route play. The interchangeable design means customers can create a bag that’s right for them and their journey. On a flight to Australia or just a trip to the shops, Buggage makes the journey feel like part of the holiday.
The Cornish Seaweed Company grows, sustainably harvests,processes, and sells eight specific species of local Cornish seaweeds as a rawsuper food, as well as a 150g seaweed salt alternative. They offer fivedifferent raw seaweed combinations of 50g bags which can be consumed raw orused in cooking, for which they offer numerous recipes. The business will alsobe importing organic seaweed cosmetics from Ireland for distribution and growingone species of seaweed to be used in the production of natural sun cream.Seaweed is a local, sustainable and abundant natural resource, currentlyunexploited, with a market ready to be embraced by The Cornish Seaweed Company.
FINLAY & CO. designs, manufactures and distributesquality wooden sunglasses. Bored of always seeing sunglasses made out of thesame materials, FINLAY & CO. have created a range of 2 styles ofsunglasses, available in a choice of 3 different woods. They currently selltheir sunglasses through their website and are also stocked in Orlebar Brownstores in London. The business plans to extend their sunglasses range in thefuture and is already looking at opportunities for the brand beyond the eyewearmarket.
LUXCreations Ltd is a design company specialising in product and mobiledesign. Their latest product, Clear Notes, is the only transparent andreusable sticky note available on the market. By being perfectlytransparent, the user can view the document below the note, and the speciallydesigned pens allow for any notes to be wiped away so the note can be used manytimes, making it a cost-effective alternative to traditional paper sticky noteswhich create much more waste.
MiniManuscript is a website where people work together tosummarise academic literature. Students and academics have to spend a significantamount of time keeping track of published research, but MiniManuscript allowspeople to pool resources, increase efficiency and free up valuable time for thefiner things in life by taking a collaborative approach to reading papers. Userspost condensed versions of research papers onto the site, along with associatedmedia content, such as videos, podcasts and press coverage. By reading the MiniManuscriptsummaries, the user spends two minutes rather than two hours deciding whether apaper is relevant.
Eventhread is a new location-based event and venue discoveryplatform for web and mobile devices. It lets users discover events happening aroundthem wherever they are and follow the activities at their favourite venues. Theplatform is refreshingly clean and easy to use. It automatically detects theuser’s location and presents only nearby events and venues so visitors can makeplans to go out in virtually no time. Users will also be able to subscribe to apersonalised newsletter about upcoming events.
Ramp is a fashion and styling website that providesspecialised styling advice for those with physical impairments. Fashionconscious, disabled role models will feature on the site and discuss how theygo about adapting fashion to suit their needs. The site will also containarticles which focus on different structural impairments, as well as articlesthat can be of interest to those who are able bodied. The variety ofinformation, including DIY alterations and trend updates can appeal to anyfashion conscious individual.
UniTasterDays is a unique website developed for theeducation sector. It enables UK universities to easily compile and update a real-timelist of events ready for schools and colleges to search. UniTasterDays fills agap left by the closure of the Aimhigher network in July 2011 which previously advertiseduniversity events to schools and colleges. Currently, universities advertise their eventsin brochures, mailings, wall planners, etc. – UniTasterDays is an onlinecentral solution which eliminates the need for this offline literature.
ARC Window Films specialises in the specification andinstallation of window film products. Window Film is a low cost, high benefitupgrade for glass which has a number of applications ranging from automotive,to residential, to commercial installations. Window films save lives (byincreasing the safety of glass to protect against accidental impact, breakage,vandalism, burglary and even bomb blasts ) and saves energy (by keeping heatinside a building during winter and outside during summer, therefore loweringheating and cooling costs).
Instant Impact unites the UK’s very best students and graduates with fast growing small and medium sized companies. The business advertises throughout the year using their extensive networks at Oxford, Cambridge, and other top UK universities. This saves their clients' time by screening every CV and interviewing every applicant before recommending them to fill vacancies.
Instant Impact Interns started by exclusively recruiting for internships, but have since expanded the service to include permanent roles as well. Many of the internships have been so successful that they have led to permanent employment.more info
Arganic is the exclusive UK distributor of one of the main producers of organic argan oil in Morocco. Argan oil is one of the rarest and healthiest oils in the world coming from the argan tree that grows only in Morocco. This ancient and unique tree is UNESCO protected and the oil is often referred to as ‘liquid gold’ for its multiple beneficial properties.
Green Parties is a children’s party business which aims to celebrate children's birthday parties in a tranquil woodland location with sustainably built wooden huts, totems and a compost loo. Green Parties offers activities that are in tune with celebrating seasonality with arts and crafts outdoors, imaginative outdoor play, face painting with wildlife themes, and party bags including seeds and other things. There is the option of catering, providing children with organic ingredients to create their own pizza in a wood-fired clay oven.
PleaseCycle combines digital technology, cycling and 'gamification' to help organisations understand, encourage and reward employee cycling – a proven way of reducing absenteeism, increasing productivity and saving carbon. The business creates client-branded Cycle Hubs (online portals) which allow staff members to learn about cycling, plan safe routes, compete against colleagues and, ultimately, log their daily mileage (through the site and a mobile app).
coeur is the 'playfully preppy new menswear lifestyle brand for the modern day dandy'. Inspired by classics like Brideshead Revisited, the DNA of preppy is updated for everyday living with slim cut clothing and quirky neckwear for the youthful and confident gentleman.
MedicineAfrica is an online application designed to put social networking together with the global health workforce and patient management. They are trying to provide the technology for healthcare workers around the world to communicate and enable patients to be managed independent of political and economic borders.
The *TeaShed is a design-led tea and teaware company, born and brewed in Britain. Based in Gateshead, they sell their delicious teas and other tea-related products in over 80 stockists across the UK and also in Switzerland, Ireland, Oman, Kuwait and Dubai. They only use quality whole leaf tea, which they import from Sri Lanka. This tea is then held inside a silky pyramid teabag. The *TeaShed packages 20 of these delicious teabags inside a paper cup, so rather than a box, which you would just throw away, you have a cup to use and then recycle.
Freggies (Friends who love Fruit and Veggies) is a new sensory class aimed at the under 5's and their parents/carers. It is a fun and educational way to allow young children to explore the tastes and textures of a variety of fruit and veg in a relaxed environment as well as providing a time for both parents and children to learn about and enjoy healthy nutrition together.
Northern League Football Premiership Passion promotes the stl Northern League, a semi-professional football league in the North East and Cumbria, through video footage on a dedicated website. The website films a selected match every weekend and a mid-week fixture; highlights are then uploaded on to the site. Full 90-minute games are then available to buy on DVD. www.northernleaguefootball.co.uk is the only dedicated website offering video footage of the league games, and allows players and football fans the chance to watch local, grassroots football.
Cyclr (formerly known as Bicycle Basecamp) is a unique online bicycle marketplace and inspiration site for cyclists. The business offers daily and longer-term sales of cycling related items from cool independent brands and provides users with a dedicated area from which to list and buy bicycles for free.
Sponsorcraft is a crowdfunding website created specifically for students. Students post and promote their projects and offer rewards in return for many small donations from individuals such as family, friends and alumni to achieve their funding target.
theCADcube is a developing 3D catalogue technology service which will combine an online efficiency tool for professionals within the architecture and design industry and an innovative advertising concept for product manufacturers. The aim of theCADcube is to increase collaboration between designers, manufacturers and clients by developing the concept of 3D Catalog Technology (3CT), which is widespread throughout engineering practices, into the design sector. The products of leading and niche manufacturers are converted into photo-realistic 3D computer models using the latest CAD software.
Estriatus Energy Ltd was established to bring to market a type of hydro technology turbine invented by the director. The turbine relies upon fast flowing water, rather than falling water, in order to generate renewable electricity. This feature allows the turbine to be non-permanent, floating on the water's surface as opposed to being cemented into any kind of dam or other permanent structure. As such, it poses no threat to local wildlife and offers a clean, non-invasive, environmentally friendly alternative to conventional hydro power systems.
Just Crackers are a natural snack cracker. The business makes tasty, versatile crackers for the health conscious convenience market. This business has exciting potential for growth because the natural snack cracker industry is a growing market. According to a report by Mintel in April 2011, 37% of UK consumers have cut down on sweet biscuits due to health reasons, leaving the door open for snack products with a healthy message to take their place.
SpinCycle solutions has developed an attachable device forbicycles which developing countries can use to wash clothes. The business plans to set up a factory to manufacture the product in Africa and distribute it through a range of charities and NGOs to reach communities that do not have access to electricity, giving them an alternative method of washing clothes. The product is also transportable on the back of the bicycle as it is designed to be run as a micro-enterprise laundry service.
Most Curious Tours is a new company providing unique and sustainable arts tours in the UK. The tours travel in small groups by scenic railway routes, and the group stays in independent accommodation and attends local concerts and theatre productions in locations that are specifically important to the arts.
AdvancetoGO.com (formerly known as DigiLets) is an organisational platform that helps private landlords manage property. The platform is similar to organising groups and events on Facebook, but is specifically designed for properties, tenants, and documents. Landlords upload information about their properties which generates adverts that automatically post to multiple sites (e.g. right-move, s1homes, and gumtree), saving time.
AdvancetoGO.com provides template lease agreements, guarantor forms, and inventory statements and can pre-populate tenants' details. The platform stores and backs-up information (e.g. meter readings, security codes, insurance certificates, licenses, warranties and guaranties), meaning all documents can be accessed through any computer.
Bloomtrigger is pioneering a new, visual model of online fundraising to empower people to protect rainforests in a simple, affordable, and creative way. The business supports local forestry communities on the ground by promoting sustainable development and environmental awareness.
Deforestation accounts for approximately one fifth of global carbon emissions, one of the primary causes of climate change. The bloomtrigger project aims to raise £100M to protect one million hectares of the most biodiverse rainforest on the planet. Bloomtrigger enables individuals, businesses and primary school children to help protect their own part of the rainforest. They sell a virtual currency called 'blooms' and one bloom (which costs 50 pence) will help to protect approximately 50m2 of forest.more info
Dattch is a dating app that offers an alternative to the extreme ‘love’ or ‘sex’ solutions offered by other dating sites. The objective of the app is to get the user dates, in the simplest, quickest way possible. The app is intended for young, single, social people who enjoy spending time with friends, going to new places and trying new things. Its aim is to take its users’ single lives and make them better. The app shows users people in their area who are looking for a date. The process is simple, if users like a profile, they message the person and get on the date quickly.
Logan Cycle Wear is a revolutionary new brand that will provide versatile and practical cycling clothing that allows riders to continue wearing their cycle kit off the bike. The business aims to provide a range of clothing that is simplistically stylish, uses non- traditional materials and fits exceedingly well. These three attributes will form the brand principles. Currently, cycle clothing is brightly coloured, sporting in style, and made from lycra or similar material, making it unattractive for riders to continue wearing whilst at the shops or socialising with friends, for example.
PieBoy Clothing is an Urban Student Fashion Brand that focuses on creating fashion orientated merchandising solutions combined with student engagement and highly innovative marketing. PieBoy’s goal is to bring passion back to University merchandising. Noticing the fashion trend of retro beanies in the winter of 2011 and realising that Universities had no similar product The PieBoy Beanie was launched. Since its launch, over 4000 units have been sold and contracts with three of the largest Universities in the UK, including the University of Manchester, have been established.
The Counted Sheep sources British yarn, spun from the fleece of British sheep in British mills to create stylish knitted cushions, designed and manufactured by Lauren herself. The Counted Sheep ethos is to support British farmers, spinning mills and to help rare-breed sheep thrive. Wool is a fantastic natural resource, requiring no unnatural chemical dyes or plastics to be added. The vast majority of 'woollen' goods available contain only a tiny percentage of real wool, often from Turkey. Britain has over 60 breeds of sheep. The business aims to promote these, with its products becoming affiliated with the Campaign for Wool. The business is manufacturing and retailing a British product that will reach European markets with the utilisation of their planned website, and create awareness of British wool through sales at county fairs, and advertising in national magazines.
ZeroCarbon Canapé Catering is a social enterprise which takes surplus food from shops and supermarkets in the local area and turns it into delicious and beautiful low-cost canapés, ideal for businesses or events on a budget. All the profits will go to FoodCycle Bristol which is a charity that collects surplus food and cooks up a free three-course meal for residents in a deprived community in Bristol.
Frontline Forensics Ltd redesigns outdated equipment used in forensics. The business’ first product, NuCAST180, has been developed to provide significant improvements in the footprint casting process at crime scenes. Currently, casting a footprint at a scene can take anywhere from 45 minutes to hours. NuCAST180 is a quick setting casting kit that enables a fast easy and accurate footprint casting in four minutes, saving police time and money but also aiding the fast recovery of crucial evidence that can potentially be lost to poor weather conditions.
Lick Me I'm Delicious sells liquid nitrogen ice cream creations at corporate events, weddings and parties. The business has created the UK's first portable nitro ice cream parlour which uses a unique liquid nitrogen injection system to make two custom ice cream flavours for up to 500 people. The whole system flat packs and can be assembled in under an hour at the event venue. Flavours include chocolate orange brownie, served in a mini waffle cone, lemon meringue pie in an all butter pastry case, and dark port with a stilton ripple served on a crisp water biscuit. All creations are made using fresh ingredients and the ice cream is made right in front of your eyes.
Squash Stix are 10.5ml sticks of triple juice cordial that are simply torn and mixed with 200-300ml of water. The packaging concept is similar to www.Dairystix.com. They have no added preservatives, colours, or flavourings, and they offer single portion use (no more overuse), reduce waste to landfills by 83% compared with PET bottles, and they make an excellent compliment to water. The aim is for Squash Stix to be used on airlines, in hotel bedrooms, and in business catering units alongside water machines and the current free tea and coffee offered.
Poikos Ltd is a technology company that is currently developing MeasureCam, a system whereby bodily dimensions may be taken from any webcam, and then applied to a model to create a true to life digital avatar of a person. This technology has many implications for mass customisation (i.e. the personalisation of products at prices comparable to mass production). Poikos has set itself a mission to master a British competence in this field.
The Giving Card is a discount card linked to charitable giving. In a nutshell, the general public can save thousands of pounds a year on their shopping, charities get additional revenues and the companies the business work with get free advertising and increased footfall into their stores and websites. It offers charities an easy way to raise extra revenues and increase their public profile, involving no charges or stockholding at any time. It also aims to reward people and businesses that want to support charities.
Urban Alpha is a designer menswear retailer selling branded products through its website with a vision to change the accepted standard for e-commerce. By building a website that combines exciting content with its products, the business intends to change the online retail industry by allowing them to contribute to content and get customers more involved with their purchases online. Launched on 1st November 2011 after nearly 3 years market research, the business is currently working on:
While focusing on growth, the plan is to build up a solid foundation before taking on the big players in the online retail industry.
DIVINO (formerly ICE Italy) produces high-end ice cream-based artisan frozen desserts and distributes them to the London hospitality industry. The production is 100% made in Italy in partnership with local artisans. The business oversees the production, import, marketing, sales, and distribution processes. They currently have four product lines servicing different needs within London's high-end culinary scene menu offering.
SQR Systems offers a new approach to improving national security and public safety by empowering individuals with enhanced information. The business achieves this using its proprietary encryption technology together with cutting-edge compression techniques to produce innovative software solutions.
The current consumer market offers powerful portable devices with extraordinary processing powers and the current economic climate has made these off-the-shelf products much more attractive in the security industry due to the low cost of deployment over custom solutions. The software enables security forces and first responders to stay connected to secure, real-time information using portable devices such as smart phones and tablet PCs.
The Oomph offers falls reduction exercise therapy sessions, dance therapy sessions and art therapy sessions. These sessions are designed for residents living within the care sector. These residents are often under-stimulated and in need of social interaction and creative expression. Oomph Wellness Limited encourages as many people to take part as possible. The business believes each session should provide an hour to an hour and a half of joy in what can be quite a silent life.
Aniboxx is an animation production studio specialising in animated info graphics videos which can be used for viral sharing. Aniboxx focuses on creative videos that communicate information and business messages in an entertaining and easily sharable way.
Aniboxx videos enable complex or long-winded explanations of ideas or products to be quickly presented and understood. The business also supports clients with techniques and advice on SEO and viral sharing to effectively target and share their Aniboxx video with their target market online.
This app was successfully approved by Apple Inc and the business aims to grow in 2012, developing the StudyKit™ brand into a trademark and umbrella of sub-brands covering different educational topics.
Plan My Gap Year (PMGY) provides affordable, need-driven volunteer programmes from two weeks to six months across six countries in Asia. One of the programmes offered involves working with children, teaching English and educating Buddhist monks.
These programmes have been designed to provide a structured volunteering experience and include an airport pick-up, meals, accommodation, local coordination from the business’ in-country team, 24/7 support from the UK office, financial protection for the customers money and a comprehensive pre-departure handbook.
New Leaf Family Services is a social enterprise with charitable aims. It has been developed to support children from broken homes to maintain a positive contact with their parents in a safe, secure, friendly environment.
New Leaf Family Services aims to support and develop children emotionally and practically to improve their family contact and make it a positive experience for both parent and child. They will work with social workers and family law solicitors to support them in their role to ensure the business supports and shows evidence towards a positive outcome in the assessment cycle.
Aston Mowbray assists high net worth individuals, families and businesses from China with investing in or relocating to the UK. The business introduces clients to professionals in London who handle immigration, fund admittance, tax structuring, buying property, wealth management, estate planning, concierge services and business consultancy.
Aston Mowbray offers a highly personalised, holistic approach to investment by tailoring expertise to the client, acting as a linguistic and cultural bridge between the client and adviser; saving time and guaranteeing peace of mind.
The Connected Set is a cross-platform TV and transmedia format production company and consultancy. The business devises TV shows and creates digital products that work alongside linear TV – including multiplatform games, second screen mobile apps, and interactive services for the new generation of converged devices.
The Connected Set works exclusively with TV broadcasters and TV production companies. Their clients include Channel 4 Television, FremantleMedia (the company behind X Factor), Castaway Television (the company behind Survivor), and many more.
Pedal Power Transport operates a cycle rickshaw service in Bristol providing sustainable transport to the people and businesses of Bristol at sustainable prices, creating sustainable jobs. This zero-emission service provides local taxi rides and tours around Bristol and is bookable for private events (e.g. weddings). The taxis are hired out to drivers who make their own money on the town, the business takes money from advertisers (currently a local cider company).
Pedal Power Transport Limited also provides a ‘cargo’ service for intra-city documents and packages between businesses. The business also has plans to start a recycling service for paper and cardboard – as the bikes have lower running costs this can be provided more cheaply than normal trade waste removal , encouraging businesses to start recycling.more info
Vélos & Vagabonds is a fashion range for female cyclists. The designs are feminine, comfortable and stylish – the antidote to the lycra-clad uniform that cyclists are usually associated with. The idea was born out of a frustration that there wasn't any feminine cycle clothing online or on the UK High Streets. Amongst the baggy, black one-size-fits-all waterproof trousers and sporty-looking rain macs, it became clear that there was a gap in the market. The business has redesigned the high-visability vest and designed a pair of attractive cycling trousers and a jacket. The idea is that the clothing can be worn all day because it is smart, waterproof and has reflective elements that can be revealed at night to ensure that the cyclist is visible on the road.
The business is concerned with providing Geographical Information Systems (GIS) training and offers software-specific training courses to industry, public sector and schools across the UK. The service provides professional, instructor-led training in the use of the world’s two leading proprietary GIS software packages: ArcGIS and MapInfo, or, in the case of schools training, a free-to-download package if commercial software is unavailable. Whilst training in schools will be introductory, tuition to industry will be made available at two different levels. Courses to industry will require two days of tuition and will be comprised of short theoretical sessions followed by longer, hands-on practical exercises. Training in schools will be more flexible and will also involve the provision of cheaper learning aids, such as DVDs.
The Big Bra Bar is a one-stop-shop for women with bigger boobs. At present there is nothing like it in the world – the business retails sexy lingerie, functional lingerie, swimwear, maternity wear, shirts, dresses, nursing bras and accessories. Its tagline ‘For Everything the Big Busted Woman Could Need’ is the essence of the business.
Wine Pantry is the first and only wine merchant to sell exclusively English wine. The business started as a small shop in Borough Market but, given its unique position in the industry, soon after it opened, the business was able to sell more English wines month-on-month on a national level than Waitrose. The business has installed specialist sampling machines, making a wide selection available to taste and enjoy whilst educating people on the unique English grape varieties viniculture and wine making.
Periplus provides services for home educated students, as well as individuals seeking to supplement or reinforce education beyond or, as an alternative to, school. Learners can access digital resources anytime and anywhere as all of Periplus’ services are accessible on any Internet-enabled device.
Low Price Lessons is an online portal for comparing and booking driving lessons. Learners can arrange lessons with instructors, book online, or request a call back via sms to the instructor’s mobile for free and without registering. Instructors can receive texts and get business tools on a freemium model, with pupil guarantees and increased exposure for paid instructors.
Great Little Place is a digital guide to nothing but the most charming places in town. The business helps people find and share enchanting venues. It’s a shout out for the little guys, the labours of love, the places with soul, be they bars, museums or a tiny restaurant off the beaten track. Great Little Place is the place to go to when you want to take someone special, somewhere special.
Safer Minicabs offers a mobile-based application to book minicabs from anywhere in London. The platform aims to give customers safety, security, convenience, and cheap and/or fast arrival without having to contact multiple companies.
Water4Ethiopia is an independent charity raising funds for clean water projects in Ethiopia. In order to raise additional funding and awareness for the charity the business is bringing out the Water4Ethiopia Bottled Spring Water range to sell in the UK, under Water4Ethiopia Enterprises Ltd.
KwickScreen is a portable, retractable room divider that provides isolation or privacy solutions in hospitals when required. KwickScreens have a very small footprint for easy storage and use, and are simple to transport and clean. KwickScreens enable hospitals to make the best use of space, offering the flexibility to change a room’s layout. The product greatly helps in the fight against healthcare-acquired infections as well as with mixed sex accommodation and general privacy and dignity problems.
Edutal’s vision is to positively impact schools through low-risk innovations and projects. This vision focuses on the use of innovative technology to improve academic attainment and further the social and emotional development of children. The business is developing software, web platforms and mobile applications with the following mission statement always in mind: 'Edutal aims to further children's education and development through digital innovations and community engagement.'
Marketinvoice is a cloud-based online marketplace where SMEs can auction trade receivables (i.e. commercial invoices) in order to obtain cash advances of up to 90%. Global investors bid on these invoices and winners advance cash in exchange for a discount fee. SMEs that trade with large debtors often suffer from late payments. Unlike traditional financing sources such as overdrafts, factoring or invoice discounting, with Marketinvoice SMEs receive competitive discount fees; there’s no obligation to use, no service fees, no arrangement fees, no personal guarantees and the service is confidential to customers.
Antlers is an independent commercial art gallery representing emerging to established Bristol-based artists. The Antlers gallery is nomadic by design. With no permanent residence, the business produces temporary exhibitions in prominent, empty retail spaces around Bristol.
Zoom2Work is an easy-to-use, customisable carpooling solution built for businesses. Every day, colleagues across the world drive individually to work. If they were to carpool they would save money, reduce their emissions and even get to know their co-workers better. But carpools can be difficult to set-up and run. Zoom2work addresses carpooling difficulties, making it easy to create and share carpool information, find the best carpooling partners and ensure security by creating closed social networks within organisations.
Art Pistol is an online art gallery that sells original art for all tastes and budgets direct from undiscovered, emerging and established artists from all disciplines. The business provides personal and commercial consultancy, rental and commission options as well as gifts and gives artists access to mainstream audiences and a direct route to exclusive markets. The site features a customisable gallery, social media integration, auction/sales tools, and buyer Wishlists/Alerts.
The business creates software and writes inspirational articles that help people organise their personal and professional lives, focus on what matters, and reach their goals. Their first product, Plancake (available in beta at www.plancake.com) is an online piece of software that can be used worldwide and allows people to write down and organise all the things they need to do in one place, giving them a sense of control and allowing them to plan effectively. Their second product in the pipeline is Plancake Team, which will help team members collaborate effectively.
myParcelDelivery.com is an online comparison website for courier services across the UK Domestic and International markets, serving businesses, eBay users and the wider public.
Partnered with some of the largest courier firms in the world (including DHL, TNT, and UPS ) myParcelDelivery.com is able to pass on the high volume discounts it receives from these couriers to its users, helping them save on their parcel delivery requirements. They also offer added value tools such as free eBay shipping software, an online parcel delivery management area, live online parcel tracking, and a dedicated customer service team.more info
Trebor-Truss is a product development research company that specialises in front-end design research. The business offers its customers a dedicated research service that can be used to drive robust product design solutions. Poorly researched product ideas often take longer than necessary to develop due to the occurrence of unforeseen problems. Trebor-Truss can reduce time-to-market by informing a products’ development through reducing the likelihood of unforeseen problems occurring.
Pavegen Systems produces paving slabs which generate electricity from footsteps. The slab harvests the wasted kinetic energy from each footstep and converts it into useful, off-grid renewable power. The Pavegen technology offers a tangible way for people to engage with renewable energy generation. A Pavegen slab can generate up to 7 Watts of power from a single footstep – enough to power 40 LEDs for one minute. The power generated can either be stored in an innovative storage solution or used instantly to power low-energy applications.
DiabaFight provides a low-cost medical device which measures the body temperature, skin tone, movement and sweat output to predict hypoglycaemic attacks (a complication of Type 1 Diabetes). It cautions the users about the impending attack and alerts them to take precautionary measures. The device can be worn on the wrist or on the arm and will monitor and alert the wearer of changes in the human body.
Whitehouse Care Services is a new home care provider for older people living in the North East. Staff members will go directly into people’s homes and provide them with the level of care they require. The business offers all aspect of personal care, including: washing, dressing, toileting and bathing/showering. They also offer a companionship and befriending service. The carers may have a drink and a chat with the customer, go for a walk, or maybe help them do things which they have been unable to do on their own. Whitehouse Care Services also offers cleaning, laundry, meal preparation, medication prompts and short-term care for people recovering from a stay in hospital.
Mocean designs, develops and manufactures innovative, hi-tech, and rugged gear for the travelling surfer. This range includes: surfboard covers, surfboards leashes, tail pads, and apparel board covers. After two years of continuous prototyping and testing the business has successfully developed an air cell structure (patent pending) which it believes offers the ultimate in impact protection. These air cell sections, which can be inflated and deflated via a standard (shrader) valve, offer the maximum ratio of impact protection per depth of cell. This allows them to be subtly incorporated into the products without affecting the overall shape, making them compact without compromising protection.
Little Riot is a new interaction design company aiming to connect people with technology through design. The business is currently developing Pillow Talk, a product that aims to enable couples separated by distance to network. By using technology to suggest ‘presence’, Pillow Talk provides an intimate and engaging interaction that is entirely physical as opposed to being screen-based.
Angelic Gluten Free is a range of reduced fat, gluten and dairy free cookies. The objective of the business is to become a leading gluten-free brand in the UK, and is aimed at females aged 18-30. There are four cookie flavours in the range and each has been made without hydrogenated fats and contains approximately 15% fat. The products have been developed by a qualified and experienced cook specialising in bakery products.
The DoNation is an online sponsorship platform that replaces cash with action. Anyone can use the site to raise sponsorship for a challenge (eg. a marathon) or gifts (eg. wedding presents), but instead of asking for money they ask for action, specifically, environmental action.
The website lists a broad selection of DoActions that sponsors can choose from, from cycling to work to changing electricity supplier. The built-in carbon calculator tells them how much CO2 this will save. Their pledge is then listed on their friends sponsorship page. After two months the sponsor returns to confirm how they got on.
EasyPreOrders.com is a technology solution that enables restaurants, conference centres and wedding venues to receive pre-orders for food. Venues simply fill in an online form which creates a pre-order menu that is sent to organisers. Guests and the organisers enter names and course choices along with side orders and wine. From this data, venues are able to view all orders and kitchen reports and download all information to a CSV file and order supplies quickly and efficiently. Venues can check outstanding pre-orders and send automatic reminders to organisers. Venues are able to download instant table cards with logos that are presented on the table upon arrival.
Event Loo is a painted trailer providing a six capacity festival toilet, complete with themed cubicle, lots of loo roll, nice lighting and, most importantly, a clean odour-free experience (thanks to a unique dry composting system). The trailer is 18ft long and 6ft wide and its surrounding area features lounges and a dance floor.
During the day the business runs Poo fm, a radio station outside the loos where people can request their favorite music to do their business to.more info
Concept Cupboard is an online marketplace with a social purpose. It enables businesses to buy affordable creative services from arts students and unemployed graduates hoping to break into the creative industry. Concept Cupboard's main aim is to help students and unemployed graduates find full-time work as soon as possible. By providing them with the opportunity to work on real briefs they are able to build a commercial portfolio, earn money, and improve their job prospects. In return, businesses get the chance to work with highly motivated, innovative people who can help their business grow.
3 ½ inch floppy ltd creates unique and innovative products, handmade from 3 1/2 inch floppy disks. They currently make a range of bags made out of floppy disks that are available in three sizes and an array of colours. A new range of products have just been launched and include pen holders, waste paper bins, notepads, wine racks and more.
Bare Conductive Ltd. has developed a patent pending technology that delivers a new platform for flexible electronics, and is the only skin-safe and non-toxic conductive ink available to consumers today. Developed as a soft interface for electronic devices, Bare is unique among conductive inks because it is non-toxic, flexible, water soluble, and cures at room temperature.
The Rhapsodic is an energy consultancy that offers integrated energy solutions to improve energy efficiency through business innovation.
Their unique energy saving modules will allow clients to reduce their energy consumption by up to 40%, enabling them to reduce their energy expenditure and their carbon footprint with zero initial cost.more info
Ellexus is a software company that provides software development and debugging tools designed to help engineers understand and control the way complex pieces of software work together.
The Ellexus product detects the way these complex systems interact with files and programs. They put this information into a graph so that engineers can follow the flow of data and can see all the components in their system working together. This means they spend less time reading the scripts whenever they need to understand a new system or make a change. They can also use the graph to automatically document the system so they can share it with others.
Perform London is innovating the performer hiring experience for performers and buyers by creating an interactive platform where buyers post events, get quotes and hire the ideal performer that meets their needs without using an agency. The platform creates a congregation of performers via multimedia profiles, from fire eaters to pianist to belly dancers, increasing exposure to buyers and the ability to secure work at their required price.
Nottingham Sustainable Solutions (NSS) is a community interest start-up created by two mechanical engineers from the University of Nottingham. They design, engineer and deliver sustainable technical systems to speed development of third world communities. NSS is guided by the core belief that innovative engineering, combined with community involvement, has unmatched potential to speed development and fight poverty.
Industry Insiders arranges for experts in the media and creative industries to give motivational talks, educational workshops and training courses to schools, colleges and businesses. The company is run by trained broadcast journalist Rachel Johnson who, after volunteering in schools, found there was a real gap in the market for inspiring and motivational speakers to boost aspirations and self-confidence. She now has a bank of experts who are available for bookings and have decades of experience in their careers.
MonMED Healthcare offers the public free, easy-to-access information about specialist healthcare. The business specialises in helping individual hospital departments market their services directly to patients. Their first product, SpecialistHealthAdvice.com, is a one-stop shop for patients to compare and choose between hospitals. Using novel search methods, SpecialistHealthAdvice.com allows patients to quickly find the hospital department that best meets their healthcare needs according to, for example, their symptoms, diagnosis or location.
Love Yoga Online is an online yoga learning resource. The products for sale are high quality yoga video classes featuring a variety of yoga teachers from the UK. Videos are available either by individual download (similar to iTunes) or subscription to the ever-increasing library with access to all the videos via online streaming. There is a wealth of supportive information on yoga dos and don'ts, how to live healthily and many more related topics accessible for free.
deeg Consultancy is a technical software development consultancy business with a unique working methodology. The business has created an online platform, known as the 'Cloud', which allows freelance developers/designers, technical university students etc, that have the required skills and drive but lack the resources required to secure large-scale projects, to offer their services according to their preferences (e.g. working hours, rates. These preferences are then married with suitable projects won and managed by the deeg Cloud in-house team.
Stereografix aims to provide UK businesses, the public sector, and educational institutions access to the latest stereoscopic 3D technology available. They produce Stereo3D content using cutting edge photography film CGI and game production techniques. Their consultation service provides professional, impartial advice about stereoscopic technology and business solutions.
Frame Medical is a social enterprise dedicated to providing the best possible care for diabetes patients by offering diabetes management programmes to primary care trusts (PCT) for their patients. In response to the guidelines formulated by National Institute of Clinical Excellence (NHS), Frame Medical has developed an evidence-based structured patient education programme for type II diabetes patients in conjunction with leading specialists.
21yr old Mhairi Threlfall, a Chemistry graduate from the University of Bristol, won £1,000 for her innovative new shampoo at NACUE's National Student Enterprise Conference in Manchester on 26-27 February 2011.
Mhairi was one of 19 young entrepreneurs who pitched their business idea to the Shell LiveWIRE team on Day 1 of the event, before being shortlisted to pitch again to the entire audience of delegates the next day.
Originally from Musselburgh in Scotland and now working as 'Entrepreneur in Residence' at the University of Bristol, Mhairi has developed a unique process for replacing shampoo surfactants with clay particles to offer a more environmentally friendly and effective way to clean your hair.
Of the 4 people shortlisted for the £1,000 cash prize, Mhairi was chosen as the outright winner from audience reaction after delivering a brilliant pitch to a packed conference theatre of fellow student entrepreneurs from across the UK.more info
ETE is a service that is looking to help increase the employability of Plymouth’s workforce by providing an educational, web-based platform that inspires students of all ages to follow their aspirations.
ETE is a pioneering idea that uses cutting-edge technology for explorers and researchers to report back from any location around the world to one central point, providing teachers,educators and students access to credible eye witness accounts of the world around them.more info
SMWalker creates high-end sculptured accessories ranging from handbags/clutch bags to wearable art forms and manipulated fashion collars. All of the products are designed and manufactured by Stephanie Macdonald-Walker. Stephanie designs and creates contemporary fashion accessories, artwork, couture (wearable art forms) and one-off installations.
Dragonfly Floral Design is a florist shop, gift shop and floristry school. It offers modern and contemporary floral designs for all occasions including birthdays, weddings and funerals. The gift side sells a range of gifts including unique, handmade gifts from local craft makers. The school side holds seasonal floristry workshops and demonstrations. It also offers training and work placements for adults, the local community enterprises and college students.
UNILIBRI will be a portal where any student, studying any course, at any university anywhere in the UK, can rapidly have their entire unique, tailored, reading list presented clearly and concisely to them. The students then have the opportunity to see whether these books available in the university library, or available free online. UNILIBRI saves students time, hassle, stress and money by giving them the option to buy books off Amazon as opposed to expensive campus stores.
Gaea Naturals has developed Thermophilic Aerobic Granules(TAG) technology that can substantially curtail the cost of waste water treatment and provide better quality of treated water. TAG is a biological waste water treatment technology that removes organic and metal contaminants from waste water. In contrast to activated sludge methods, their product has higher efficiency, lower energy consumption, less space requirement, better quality output and lower capital and operational costs.
The Job Crowd (previously known as MyNineToFive) is a bit like a 'TripAdvisor for jobs'. It is a careers resource that tells students, graduates and jobseekers what different careers, jobs and companies are really like by providing job reviews written by the employees themselves.
Encap partners with clients who are determined to reduce energy consumption and embrace renewable technologies. By partnering with their clients and sharing with them the savings they are able to achieve, Encap ensures clients can identify the correct solution from a commercial point of view. They are able to implement the solution more quickly, allowing their customers to begin saving sooner.
Crazyplay Ltd designs, develops, manufactures and installs interactive play systems. They work with some of the leading global entertainment brands in the world with the objective to get kids physically fit.
Sea Cut is involved in the design and manufacture of new, innovative cutting equipment that is intended specifically for the oil and gas industry. They provide mechanical design services, manufacturing services and sub-contract work.
Slotzz gives its customers the opportunity to purchase the world’s most customisable iPad and iPhone cases. Using current web technologies they are able to provide their customers with a unique buying experience, where they can interactively design their case and see it before it is made.
In May 2010, Al launched a new innovative website called Shetland Market. The site is a new type of online shop allowing local businesses to list and sell their products through the site, only paying a small commission fee if products sell. Being part of the website gives them the customer base of a large, trusted website which will also be advertised in local and tourist publications. Shetland Market enables businesses to sell their products year round, increasing re-orders from tourists etc., as many currently rely on summer tourism and events.
KiiBS is a premium 8-12% ABV (Alcohol By Volume), frozen, pre-mixed cocktail, sold in a box of individual 200 ml liquid ‘pods’ in three different flavours. The product will be available to buy online and in supermarkets. It will be sold ambient (i.e. at room temperature), and the consumer will store KiiBS in the freezer until it is ready to serve. The consistency will be that of crushed ice. KiiBS provides simple convenience, allowing consumers to recreate the cocktail experience in their homes with minimal effort, cost and mess.
The business aims to tackle the issue of lacking electricity supply for the recent increased use of mobile phones in the developing world. Currently, most mobile phones in Sub-Saharan Africa are owned by people without a reliable electricity connection. The current method of charging mobile phones in rural Africa requires individuals to travel to the nearest electrified town and pay 'grid connected' kiosks. This is inconvenient and more often too distant to allow for regular charging to be carried out. The Solaris solar charger is able to charge four mobile phones at a time and can continuously charge phones throughout the day. It allows a kiosk/shop owner to generate revenue by charging the mobile phones of people in their local area.
Envirogreen Recycling Ltd is an innovative and award-winning environmental services company that provides bespoke environmental solutions to commercial clients and councils throughout Ireland. Their team consists of 22 persons, many of whom are highly experienced individuals in the recycling sector. They have a growing reputation for delivering efficient and reliable recycling services to their clients.
Chapman Engineering (Machinery) Ltd manufactures agricultural and equestrian products for use throughout the UK and abroad. It is a products-based business that focuses on designing innovative and time-saving equipment as well as improving 'old designs' to be more efficient for the user.
As one of our October 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Eric plans to use his award money to help pay for manufacturing costs.
Eravolution (era ltd) a design company that creates contemporary furniture and furnishings. The company challenges traditional preconceptions of design in pursuit of creating a brand new concept of beauty, functionality, and sustainability with uncompromising quality.
As one of our October 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Drew plans to use his award money to help set up a children's weight loss camp in Wales.
Renew Fitness Retreat is a bespoke fitness camp offering tailored health and fitness courses for people who want a healthy holiday in a contemporary countryside retreat in Hereford. The business offers personalised and customised 4 and 7-day courses to help people improve their health, learn about nutrition, kick-start their fitness and lose weight sensibly.
As one of our October 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Derek plans to use his award money to help pay for the cost to set up a conference.
In order to meet the challenges of poverty and to encourage inspiring development through sport, Umutima delivers vocational workshops on international development and leadership for students, volunteers and professionals from the public and private sector. Umutima is an independent organisation dedicated to creating understanding, inspiring development and encouraging action in the fight against poverty and inequality around the world.more info
As one of our October 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Nathan plans to use his award money to help pay for essential software.
If? Works is an industrial design company. They have designed a range of kitchen products that can be used by anyone, including those with disabilities such as arthritis. The products are unique, attractive, aesthetic and of high quality. Their experimental design approach means that they are able to be truly innovative in this saturated industry.
As one of our October 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Colin plans to put his award money toward marketing and expansion costs.
Tuxebo is a comparison site and marketplace for equipment hire. Users post requests and the suppliers bid against one another for the work in an internal auction. This gives the rental industry the ability to react to supply and demand; something they can't do currently.
As one of our September 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Adam plans to use his award money to pay for production costs.
SurfaceSkins are innovative, patented, compression-activated hand hygiene devices that clip-fit directly to existing door handles and push plates in hospital and clinical environments to reduce the spread of Healthcare Associated Infections (HCAI’s) such as E. coli, Enterococcus Faecalis, S Aureus, MRSA and potentially C-Diff. On contact, the devices immediately deliver a clinically approved disinfectant liquid directly to the immediate contact surface, thereby producing an instantaneous self-cleaning effect on the handle.
As one of our September 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Karim plans to use his award money to pay for the cost of building a customisable content management system.
VolunteeringReviewed.com will be a platform for browsing and contributing reviews of experiences volunteering abroad. Each year thousands of people volunteer abroad and VolunteeringReviewed.com will provide an opportunity for potential volunteers to access independent reviews to help them decide who to volunteer with. Supplemented by a guide to volunteering, blog and a forum, these reviews will be an invaluable tool for those wanting to volunteer abroad.
As one of our September 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Claire plans to put her award money toward the cost of equipping a workshop.
Claire makes contemporary ironwork using a mixture of blacksmithing and metal manipulation. Her product range at present concentrates on gardenware, gates and fences, and she is working on expanding her range to include other iron items. She likes to take an ordinary and traditional iron product and make it contemporary through incorporating her illustrations of the natural world.
As one of our September 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Brett plans to put his award money toward manufacturing costs.
Brett is an experienced plumber who has produced an automatic leak detection and shut off valve that can be fitted as tap connectors to basins, baths, tanks, washing machines, dishwashers and overflows. These are by far the most common causes of leaks and also the ones that cause the most damage. The device detects when these leaks occur and automatically shuts off a valve within 30-60 seconds, therefore stopping the flow of water and, in turn, the leak.
As one of our September 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Charlie plans to put his award money toward the cost of securing a patent for the business' newest piece of equipment.
Future Industries has designed and prototyped a small-scale unit for recycling plastic. This enables the user to bring their plastic waste material (e.g. milk cartons) which can then be processed and turned into new and reusable products whilst they wait. So far Future Industries has successfully made bowls and frisbees from milk cartons.
As one of our August 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Conrad plans to put his award money toward marketing costs.
Green Street Media offers an alternative to traditional, carbon- heavy advertising methods. Using nothing but clean water, Green Street Media etches clean adverts onto high-streets and pavements across the UK. They are currently working with several large brands including The University of Sheffield, Myworksearch.co.uk and more. Green Street Media is changing the advertising landscape whilst encouraging cleaner, greener living. The company also pledges to donate 10% of all of their profits to www.WaterAid.org.
As one of our August 2010 Grand Ideas Award winners, Matthieu plans to use his award money to help finance the cost to exhibit at the Excel Outdoor Show.
Matthieu runs MBP Concepts Ltd, a product design company that is currently developing ‘Tyligo’, an innovative multipurpose and folding trailer for the automotive market. From motorbike to camping equipment, jet skis to bicycles, small boats to kayaks and many more, the Tyligo trailer covers each niche of the market thanks to a wide range of accessories which can be mounted on it to suit the user’s needs. After use, Tyligo can be folded to be only 70cm wide. As such, it is an ideal size to be pulled through a door for storage in a shed or garage, solving the major problem with existing trailers on the market. Tyligo is a multipurpose trailer, meaning that the user needs to only buy one trailer to accommodate all the different loads they wish to transport. This one-product-fits-all approach reduces the need to own (and hence manufacture) multiple products for similar purposes. Tyligo uses considerably less material to produce than a standard trailer. It is smaller and lighter, which promotes better fuel economy on the road, and is also easier to transport from the factory as more can be fitted into one container.
As one of our August 2010 Grand Ideas Award winners, Leah plans to put her award money toward web development and product photography costs.
Leah Miles designs and makes one-off and batch-produced pieces of sculptural paper jewellery, as well as working to commission utilising an award-winning and unique process. Leah offers an original product to the discerning customer by using found sheet papers (layered and sculpted to reveal colour and text) combined with precious materials such as metals, pearls and silk. The work is very innovative and of a high standard, both artistically and technically. Leah can work to client specification (also using paper personal to the client), providing a bespoke service.
As one of our August 2010 Grand Ideas winners, Alex plans to put his award money toward web development costs.
Graphic design students are desperate to build their portfolios, develop their business skills and earn money, while businesses are continually looking for great design at a great price. Student Designers is a unique web-based enterprise where businesses can post a design brief and a prize fund for which design students compete. The business chooses the winning design, and the student designer wins the prize fund. Student Designers also helps students’ development by creating online learning resources which provides a more palatable enterprise and entrepreneurial message for students of creative subjects.
As one of our August 2010 Grand Ideas Award winners, Ravi Agravat plans to use his award money to help fund a promotional competition
Drive Leicester is a user-friendly website providing a platform for young learner drivers from Leicestershire to identify which driving instructors they should learn with. With over 250 driving instructors in the area, many still choose their driving instructor through word of mouth. Drive Leicester offers learner drivers an opportunity to search for their local driving instructor, view driving instructors’ personal profiles and testimonials, and print off practice driving routes.
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As one of our July 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Catherine Langridge plans to use her award money to cover promotional costs.
Luminist Glass manufactures custom-designed windows and door panels for schools, churches and other public buildings, private homes, as well as signage for businesses. Using modern and ancient techniques, Luminist Glass produces the beauty of church stained glass windows for homes and businesses.
As one of our July 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Fozia Parveen Jahan plans to put her award money toward PR and marketing costs.
Signs4Life brings sign language into the public sphere and engages the deaf and hard of hearing with mainstream society. Signs4Life has conducted deaf awareness workshops and tailored sign language courses with organisations as varied as The British Red Cross, Boots, Asda, and Royal Mail.
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As one of our July 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Jodie Hughes plans to put her award money towards advertising and marketing costs.
My Health Cards is focused on increasing awareness and ease of life for sufferers of various allergies, intollerances and other conditions. This will be achieved through the production of health advice cards available at no cost to the sufferer.
The company's first product is called 'My Coeliac Card'. This card outlines the foods that are and are not suitable for those suffering from Coeliac Disease. These cards are of credit card size and quailty and can be carried and presented in restaurants and cafes so that suitable food can be prepared without miscommunication between the sufferer, waiting staff and kitchen staff.
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As one of our July 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Micheal Holliday plans to use his award money to improve the quality of the business' touring exhibition and the number of communities visited.
Roots Design Workshop offers an integrated service that combines architectural design with energy efficiency and renewable energy advice in an accessible way.
Roots are establishing Archivan (TM), a mobile office that will allow the practice to visit an increased number of rural communities to host a series of design surgeries. These events make a professional service accessible by ‘moving the office to the customer’ and offering free advice about any projects which the public might have.
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As one of our July 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Amanda Dobbratz plans to put her award money towards the cost of improving the IRONBBRATZ C.I.C. studio.
As one of our July 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Adam Soliman plans to use his award money to help pay for marketing costs.
Charbrew is a specialist tea brand focusing on the high end of the tea market. Charbrew teas contains whole leaves, real pieces of fruit and spices. The teas are delivered in fully biodegradable tea pyramids made of a specialised polylactic mesh.
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As one of our June 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Lorna Syson creates hand-made sculptural textiles for home soft furnishings from her Midlands based studio.
Lorna also works on larger scale installations for hotels, shop decor and interior designers, offering a completely unique and bespoke service.more info
As one of our June 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Natalie Pierce-Jones' business Fairypants is a complete range of handmade dresses, corsets, fairy tutus, jewellery and accessories.
Offering a bespoke service from start to finish, along with a large selection of 'off the peg' items - customers can see a dress that has already been designed and made, then they alter it to suit their purpose. This is perfect for customers who want a bespoke dress, but have no idea where to start when designing it themselves.more info
As one of our June 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Ijeoma Iwuoha's myTaskAngel is a online service that enables people overwhelmed with their daily to-do lists find qualified and eligible "angels" within their neighbourhood or community to complete these tasks for them.
This service works by allowing you post a task you need completed, specify your budget and then relax and wait for the response of willing angels within our trusted network who are keen on completing these tasks for you.more info
As one of our June 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Fred Clough's Scholify.com is a website designed to promote collaborative learning for students.
Dedicated to all things student - Scholify provides a free platform for young people to interact and collaborate on academic and educational themed topics, allowing them to create spaces to work on group projects and discuss ideas related to their studies with the wider community.
As one of our June 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Luke Boulton-Major's company Karma Active currently provide alternative sports programmes to school children, and will be using the £1,000 prize money to develop an instructor pack which is purchased by potential instructors and trains them in how to deliver the Martial Arts Pack for their schools and community groups.
As one of our June 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Lisa Bean's company LMBT Solutions is a consultancy firm specialising in student and graduate development and networking.
Under the registered trademark of Gradvert the company has been established to provide students and graduates with the tools, training, development and networking opportunities needed to achieve success in business.more info
As one of our May 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Michael Slane plans to use his award money to help create a larger online presence and spread awareness of Napa Technology's product.
Napa Technology provides outdoor-specific, Full HD (1080p) LCD TVs that are visible in direct sunlight. These TVs can therefore be used in bars and public spaces and are fully operational outdoors, without loss of visibility.more info
As one of our May 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Kat Pattison plans to use her award money to help pay for branding costs.
Sonodrome creates open source hardware and software. The products are electronics kits to encourage creativity and hands-on learning. Their new technology, the bio-signal interface, is a small circuit board which works alongside open source software on the user's PC (connected via USB), meaning that anyone can write any programme for the product which can then be shared with other users.
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As one of our May 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Ivelin Metodiev plans to use his award money to help pay for design and development costs.
Unifieds will be an online service allowing students to publish classified advertisements to be viewed by their fellow students from the same institution.
As one of our May 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Robert Grisdale plans to use his award money to help pay for the cost of an improved locking system.
ScratchBikes provides universities with easy, environmentally friendly, self-service bike hire systems. Users receive all of the benefits (and more) of cycling around university without any of the hassle. Outside term-time, ScratchBikes becomes a leisure hire system operating on the city's Quayside.
As one of our May 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Sadie Gee-Tredgett plans to put her award money toward design and marketing costs.
Yoo Discover is a listing website targeted at students in Southampton. It is a tool which allows students to learn about and search for places of interest from among many business categories in their local area.
As one of our April 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners James Pursey plans to use his award money to fund his prototype.
ElectroCute Systems is an innovative hotel electronics venture offering high technological touch screen systems that interact with a hotel's infrastructure.
As one of our April 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners Nicholas Lee plans to put his award money towards advertising costs.
Acadreamia.co.uk is a textbook rental service for all UK students. By renting textbooks from Acadreamia, students can save up to 80% of the RRP of their course textbooks which they need for their studies.
As one of our April 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners Danny Slevin plans to put his award money toward marketing costs.
As one of our April 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Allister Furey plans to use his award money to cover patent costs for his software.
Red Kite Wind Energy develops high altitude wind energy systems. These systems are the successors to conventional wind turbines, using tethered wings to capture the wind energy instead of blades and towers.
As one of our April 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Joshua Mason Allen, plans to put his award money towards the cost of an advertising and marketing campaign.
LROPS offer aviation gift experiences, allowing enthusiasts and anyone from the general public a chance to fly a simulator - much like the ones that are used to train real pilots.
As one of our March 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Rebecca Andrews plans to use her award money to help pay for marketing costs.
Not For Ponies designs and manufactures sustainable fashion items such as: recycled t-shirts, sweatshirts and dresses, recycled accessories, and re-worked vintage clothing. Alongside their main product range, they also offer 'upcycling' and sewing workshops (upcycling is the process of taking something old or unwanted and turning it into something new).more info
As one of our March 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Nicola Gray plans to use her award money to help grow and develop her business.
Fidgets is a unique hair salon designed specifically for children, toddlers and teenagers. At Fidgets, children can choose from a selection of 'character cars' to sit in and watch a dvd while the sylist goes to work.more info
As one of our March 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Pamela Haining plans to use her award money to help with website design and branding costs.
OfficeBadger is an innovative approach to financial accounting. It is a simplified, paperless, online accounting service that maintains monthly accounts, producing monthly and year end financial statements for professionals, sole proprietors and partners.
As one of our March 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Tim Yusupov plans to use his award money to help with marketing costs of his website Zooza.co.uk.
Zooza is an online retailer that plans to sell a single product at a time and at the lowest price in the UK. Products will change when stock runs out and inventory will be procured from overstocked retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers, allowing Zooza to offer extremely high discounts, upwards of 80% off.
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As one of our March 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, Louise Broni-Mensah plans to use her award money to launch an online marketing campaign.
Shoobs provides an innovative online ticketing solution for small to medium size entertainment event organisers to promote, network and sell out events. The business aims to simplify the fragmented marketplace of small entertainment event ticketing, into an easy to use, consumer focused platform.
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Edwin Broni-Mensah was awarded £1,000 for his business in a special Shell LiveWIRE elevator pitch competition that took place at the NACUE 'Business Not As Usual' conference at UCL London on 27th-28th March 2010.
Despite some excellent pitches from 23 young student entrepreneurs, it was a landslide victory for Edwin, whose GiveMeTap business enables users of a specially-branded GiveMeTap bottle (costing £7) to get free tap water refills from a network of cafes and restaurant owners in the Manchester area (with London soon to follow).
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As one of our February 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, UKloupes was established by an enthusiastic dental student who felt bitter about the extortionate prices students were expected to pay for dental loupes. After much independent research Dave Stone found that the price of these loupes was only around 15% of the price they were being sold for. UKloupes therefore seek to supply affordable dental loupes to students, aiming to improve the physical health of dental students and to raise the quality and speed of dental treatment.
Ben Scrimgeour Building Workshop is a design and build company, working on anything from a new family home, to a kitchen extension, to a cattle shed or a luxury hen house! We have an initial meeting with clients with a cup of tea and a slice of cake and we take care of the project from this point until the project is completed, using local tradesmen that we know and trust.
Ben is using the £1000 funding to invest in a computer aided design package for drawing (ArchiCAD) - a more creative and innovative programme than the market leader, AutoCAD that was recommended to him by forward thinking and successful architects.
With ArchiCAD, their office out-put will increase dramatically. Instead of drawing at least 10 different drawings for each project (4 elevation drawings, 4 sectional drawings, floor plans of each floor), the building is drawn once in 3D from the start and elevations and sections can be selected for print. This programme can be used to design efficiently for projects using natural building materials and sustainable techniques, unlike AutoCAD which is used across the board, and much more expensive at around £4000.more info
As one of our February 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, 'Organise Your Chaos' will produce stylish and sexy yet functional diary covers designed for today's community nurse.
Impressive design features ensure that they are a must-have for nurses needing to carry round not only diaries but assessment frameworks, prescribing formularies and weight conversion charts, amongst many other items.
Until 2007, diary covers were provided by Pharmaceutical companies free of charge as a form of advertising. This practice was banned by the NHS as inappropriate promotion of certain medications/preparations and this niche market need has yet to be filled.
By producing a wide range of styles and an effective pricing strategy Deboarah believes this product is sustainable through the need for replacement products over time, changing image needs as nurses progress up the career ladder and new ones qualify.
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As one of our February 2010 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award winners, the vision of FarmRoast is to create a totally new experience for coffee drinkers.
Of the £3 pounds spent on a 250-gram pack of coffee in the supermarket, less than 30p flows back to the farmers that devote the most time to growing this coffee. In order to do the farmers more justice, Rombout has developed a technology that allows farmers in Africa to directly sell to consumers.
This way, FarmRoast can both bring a superior coffee experience to the consumer and create a business model based on green coffee beans that come directly from developing world farmers bypassing two steps in the distribution chain.
As one of our December 2009 - January 2010 Shell LiveWIRE ‘Grand Ideas’ Awards Winners, Adam Hastings (Drink Tea Eat Biscuits) plans to use his award money to pay to vinyl wrap a car so that it appears to be covered in biscuits, as part of a marketing campaign.
Drink Tea Eat Biscuits is a team of three graphic designers who thrive on challenges and design anything from logos to websites. The company prides itself on its client-centred approach to design. They encourage client input and aim to create ideas with them rather than simply for them.
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Love Your Larder brings together artisanal food and beverage producers to promote and sell their goods online. The site will be available to producers from across the United Kingdom and will showcase the best of each region’s produce. After simple registration process producers will be able to set up a store in the network, upload their products and start selling. Kwince will handle the checkout and payment for each sale, which allows a customer to purchase products from different producers with one secure payment. The site will also feature a social networking aspect that will enable people to interact, become 'friends' and leave reviews and feedback
As one of our December 2009 - January 2010 Shell LiveWIRE ‘Grand Ideas’ Awards Winners, Shira Rubin (Learn2lingo) plans to use her award money to help develop an online marketing campaign.
learn2lingo is an online platform for learning and teaching languages via webcam. Their online classroom connects teachers and learners around the world for live one-to-one language lessons. Learn2lingo offers complete flexibility and convenience for users by catering to their individual schedules and learning needs. Lessons are either pre-booked or on demand, allowing people to bring a language teacher direct into their home via webcam.
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As one of our December 2009 - January 2010 Shell LiveWIRE ‘Grand Ideas’ Awards Winners, James Martin (AAAS Steering) plans to use his award money to build a second generation prototype of his invention.
AAAS Steering is a steering system with distinct advantages over conventional steering. It is more responsive, has a better turning circle and produces much less wear on the tyres as the user affects a turn. The latter ensures that the tyres have a longer life and during operation release less particulates into the air, making it more environmentally friendly.
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As one of our November 2009 Shell LiveWIRE ‘Grand Ideas’ Awards Winners, Nicola Jordan (iNeedBabysitter) plans to use her award money on marketing and web development.
iNeedBabysitter is a premium rate babysitting service aimed at higher income families. As a specialist service, all staff are fully CRB background checked and are professionally trained university graduates. In this way, their babysitting services are carried out by well-rounded individuals and delivered to footballers, directors and other high-level professionals.
As one of our November 2009 Shell LiveWIRE ‘Grand Ideas’ Awards Winners, Laura Milligan (Laura Felicity), plans to use her award money to purchase materials for the projects she is currently working on.
Laura Felicity designs and produces silkscreen-printed wallpapers and home wares as well as hand-stitched plaster features. All products are created by hand, which means each piece is distinctive in terms of production. The designs feature a combination of floral and ornate patterns to create a modern elegance. The wallpaper and home wares consist of a number of layers and each layer is individually screen printed.
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As one of our October 2009 Shell LiveWIRE ‘Grand Ideas’ Awards Winners, Chris Greenwood (Cougar Cricket) plans to put his award money toward Cougar Cricket's upcoming Wispa marketing campaign.
Cougar Cricket offers cricket courses in the Somerset area for 6-15 year olds, with the intention of franchising the Cougar brand further afield once established. Cougar Cricket offers an alternative to the stale, samey Saturday morning clubs that are currently the norm for young people seeking accessible sport. They are a young, enthusiastic and vibrant company that endeavours to use their extensive cricket contacts to add an exciting element to their coaching and training programs.
As one of our October 2009 Shell LiveWIRE ‘Grand Ideas’ Awards Winners, Anu Adebajo (The Weave Boutique) plans to put her award money toward a marketing campaign that will help her to expand her products.
The Weave Boutique sells a wide range of branded hair extensions aimed mainly at the Afro-Caribbean market. They are the first of their kind in the UK to operate purely online, and are one of the few "hair shops" run by women. In addition to selling products, The Weave Boutique also provide tips, trends and reviews to allow black women in the UK to be as informed as their American counterparts.
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As one of our September 2009 Shell LiveWIRE ‘Grand Ideas’ Awards Winners, David McGranaghan (Starring Roll Ltd) plans to use his award money to build a prototype of his product – Starring Roll.
Starring Roll is a board game that is aimed at families and friends who enjoy socialising and entertainment. It involves moving around the board as a character and 'auditioning' for roles in films, TV shows, plays and commercials. The 'auditions' encourage players to let go of their inhibitions and perform a number of challenges with accents, gargling, funny faces, silly voices, etc. Along the way, the players can collect, lose and gamble 'contacts', which enable them to move along more quickly. The first player to become the 'Superstar' is the winner. It is a game that appeals to the performer and celebrity in everyone.
As one of our September 2009 Shell LiveWIRE ‘Grand Ideas’ Awards Winners, Chinedu Ume-Ezeoke (Green Light), plans to use his award money to increase product production and enable him to package and brand his product.
Green Light creates a range of recycled waste oil candles. In keeping with a green and eco-friendly theme, the majority of ingredients are sourced locally from restaurants and households. Green Light plans aims to expand and sell to restaurants, bars and individual consumers.
As one of our September 2009 Shell LiveWIRE ‘Grand Ideas’ Awards Winners, Daniel Callaghan plans to use his award money to help grow his business.
www.MBAandCompany.com is an online global consultancy brokerage where companies all around the world can post short-term bespoke projects or research for execution by MBA students and graduates from the world's leading business schools. The service matches these projects to the appropriate MBA, based on a number of filters such as market, industry, function or cost and allows an efficient turn-around of work.
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As one of our September 2009 Shell LiveWIRE ‘Grand Ideas’ Awards Winners, Ruth Ferguson, plans to use her award money to enable her to spend time in India with farmers, spinners and weavers so she may develop her fabrics.
Before now, ethical fashion has never been desirable or sexy enough to be successful on the mainstream market. Olga Olsson is different. Olga Olsson produces cute, unique bikinis in Europe and Brazil, and gorgeous dresses and tops from sustainable handloom fabrics in India. Olga Olsson is concerned with products that enhance diversity, celebrate traditions, build communities, create meaningful employment, and respect local environmental conditions. It is a combination of product, skill and emotional investment. Olga Olsson is not just a brand but a vehicle communicating a lifestyle. It is bohemian, sexy and contemporary, combining quality with unique and innovative production.
For more information visit: www.olgaolsson.com
As one of our September 2009 Shell LiveWIRE ‘Grand Ideas’ Awards Winners, Andre Campbell, plans to use his award money to help build innovative and creative programmes to use in his company.
‘Enfuse Youth’ is a series of programmes, one-to-one mentoring sessions and consultancy service, which provides a solution to problems facing today’s young people aged 13-21, such as employability and self-employability issues. Enfuse Youth aims to embed the spirit of entrepreneurship within the student body and help them to develop their business ideas or gain enterprising and employability skills in an interactive learning environment. ‘Enfuse Youth’ encourages self motivation, raises confidence, challenges anti-social and offending behaviour and ensures young people have an opportunity to achieve their full potential.
As one of our August 2009 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards winners, Thea Planer sells a wide range of baby products including skincare products that are scented with cocoa and vanilla, steering clear of using the stereotypical 'baby powder' smells. The Koco Bébé products contain a minimum of chemicals, so they are not just kind to baby but to the environment as well. These scented products are handmade by a small independent cosmetic maker based in the UK and are designed to appeal to babies and parents alike.
As one of our August Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards winners, SAT ‘making things happen’ is a cutting edge and imaginative organisation with a passion for the arts and cultural development.
The company plans to organise a range of arts projects, while also being a source of information, training, advice and support. Their aims are to run a programme of work which is diverse, inspiring, relevant to participants and dynamic, while working creatively with people of all ages and from all walks of life and reaching out to groups through working in partnership with a range of organisations and venues.
As one of our winners of the August Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards, InnoVii’s product is a PC/Mac based downloadable software entitled Tonebook which incorporates a consumer and business-to-business element providing reciprocal business opportunities.
Tonebook’s primary function allows the user to create and edit ringtones, message alerts and alarm tones from any form of media including CD, DVD or internet downloads. The user can even mix up to three tracks together with Tonebook DJ. Their MIS system intelligently collates information based upon the program usage, creating consumer profiles detailing spend patterns and musical proclivities. This information can be utilised to create intelligent marketing portfolios which can be sold to any organisation involved in the music entertainments industry.
As one of three Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards winners for July 2009, Tusheeta David Designs centres on beautifully crafted bespoke pieces of acrylic jewellery, combining modern laser-cutting technology with traditional hand-crafted techniques, resulting in highly detailed and unique pieces of jewellery.
Tusheeta David recycles unused acrylic from sign makers and other sources to create stunning pieces of jewellery. By re-using waste acrylic that would otherwise contribute to landfills, Tusheeta David Designs produces ethically-aware jewellery with the added appeal of being environmentally friendly.
As one of three Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards winners for July 2009, BEEcycle creates and provides innovative products and services for food waste recycling and indoor gardening.
Their latest product, the OvO, is a mini-eco-system and an educational toy used to teach children about composting and food waste recycling. The system breaks food waste down into compost in 14 days. The resulting compost can be used to plant a seed. The OvO contains a self-watering system, removing the hassle that comes with growing a plant, and comes with teaching materials and lesson plans for schools and teachers to easily adopt into the classroom.
As one of three Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards winners for July 2009, GigLocator.com is a live music aggregator that helps music lovers discover, enjoy and share live music.
GigLocator.com has one of the biggest collections of worldwide gigs, sourcing from virtually every single ticket provider in the world as well as from small non-paid sites. The seasoned gig goer is able to instantly find, track and keep up-to-date with the music and artists they love, as well as network with other music-lovers and hook up with 'gig buddies' in their area.
As winner of one of five £1,000 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards in June 2009, Selinna Simms-Juke (A'lissia Couture) produces bespoke womens clothing and accessories using fabrics that are hand-printed and embellished using silk screen printing, batik, devore and gold work.
Selinna will be using her £1,000 prize money to introduce laser engraving and cutting, to experiment on alternative, natural fabrics, and to develop her home workshop.
As winner of one of five Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards in June 2009, Amy Scott-Murray has developed an educational craft toy known as 'FoldClever' that provides an innovative and fun way of teaching school children about science, tech studies, history and other subjects.
The product is an interactive DVD containing print-out paper models of the topic, and after printing, the children watch step-by-step animated video showing them exactly how to build it and teaching them facts and points of interest about the subject.
Amy will be using the £1,000 prize money to fund a formalised and more extensive testing programme, to achieve a final product which matches exactly what her customers want.
As winner of one of five Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards in June 2009, Jude Pullen will be using the £1,000 prize money to refine an existing prototype of his 'Pressure Alert' - a unique adaptation for a medical device known as an endotracheal tube which has been enthusiastically received by a wide range of medical practitioners as an “excellent concept…nice and simple, easy to see, no extra connections” and was considered to be a “significant step forward in patient care” if successfully launched.
As winner of one of five £1,000 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards in June 2009, Daniel Watson (SafetyNet) hopes to help cut down on the accidental capture of juvenile and non-target fish in the North Sea mixed fishery by using fish behaviour and physiology to separate them by age and species, lower fuel consumption while trawling (cutting down on costs for fishermen and environmental damage caused by exhaust) and reduce damage to the seabed and the trawl itself by floating the SafetyNet 1 metre off the bottom of the sea.
The entire system is powered using energy harvesting devices to further reduce the carbon footprint of the trawling process, and the £1,000 prize money will allow Daniel to begin prototyping and in-situ testing of the system.
As winners of one of five £1,000 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards in June 2009, Viviane Jaeger and Emma-Jayne Parkes (SquidLondon) are a duo product design team from the London College of Fashion, passionately inspired by innovation, smart materials and interaction between the fields of science and design.
Their first interactive product is a walking piece of art - an umbrella that interacts with rain and changes into a splendour of different colours as the rain hits the panels, and they will be using the £1,000 prize money to pay for display stands and further prototype developments.
As winner of one of our four Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards in May 2009, Andrew McCalister will be putting his £1,000 prize money towards the cost of a computer-simulated model to test his product.
Ncapsulate Innovations develops and licenses technology for the defence market. Currently, the company is focused on N.Capsulate, a ballistic netting that lessens the devastating effects of car bombs in both homeland security environments and foreign theatres of war. The system uses a netting technology that can be easily stored, transported and assembled. The netting provides protection for military personnel, civilians and equipment and does so without affecting visibility. It also has a one way protection feature, diminishing the effect of the shockwave and shrapnel in one direction while allowing armed personnel to fire through it, unhindered, in the opposite direction.
As winner of one of our four Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards in May 2009, Amanda Jones is using the £1,000 prize money to pay for a stall holding at the inaugural Maker Faire in Ghana.
Red Button Design is an internationally award-winning start up which seeks to design, manufacture and supply products exclusively for the humanitarian market. The company’s first product is the multi-award winning “ROSS” – a 3-in-1 water transport, sanitation and storage device, designed to provide safe drinking water for users in the developing world.
Red Button Design uses innovation and creativity to offer solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems, taking into account the diverse needs of the end users, the local manufacturers and the non-government organisations (NGOs) and charities, robustness for the environment, ease of local assembly, form, function and cultural acceptance.
As winner of one of our four Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards in May 2009, Emily Dupen-Hopkins is using the £1,000 prize money to fund the development of her online shop.
Dupenny is a growing company specializing in bespoke hand screen-printed wallpapers and home wares, including hand-printed cushions, lamp shades and fabrics. Dupenny designs are big and bold, with minimal repeats and a signature pallet of black and white. Dupenny is eco-friendly wherever possible, using only the best natural materials, including high-grade paper, sourced from managed forests, and water-based inks.more info
As winner of one of our four Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards in May 2009, Leah Bryce is using the £1,000 prize money to throw a launch party for her business and produce a viral video.
Based in Edinburgh, Salsa Dance Events (SDE) provides affordable salsa dance classes for fun or fitness for all ages and levels. SDE also offers dancing workshops, parties, events and choreography for individuals, groups, companies and gift buyers. Salsa Dance Events provides flexible, bespoke packages and aims to make sure clients have fun whilst learning to dance.
In addition to these services, SDE aims to support the Scottish Executives physical activity targets and Every Child Matters initiative by bringing salsa dancing into schools in the hopes of encouraging and inspiring young people who may not be interested in sport to engage in exercise, increase fitness levels, combat obesity and increase self-esteem.
As winner of one of our four Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards in April 2009, Sarah Kelly is using the £1,000 prize money to secure a stand at the International Art Fair in London, presented by the Crafts Council, to show her debut collection of laser-cut paper necklaces, bracelets, earrings and brooches.
‘Saloukee’ comes from the name of its owner, Sarah Louise Kelly. The beautifully bespoke products, produced by hand in the Jewellery Quarter, are targeted at a discerning clientele. Pieces are made for statement, envy and indulgence, offering its consumer alluring items, made to treasure.
As winner of one of our four Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards in April 2009, Poppy Ben-David is using the £1,000 prize money to pay the PR costs for two of her shows which will be going to the Edinburgh Festival.
Ben David Productions specialises in creating outstanding theatrical entertainment using talented performers and creative artists, and presents budget productions that are high quality and audience-friendly. Its productions span the industry and include musicals, ballets, comedies, magic shows and operas.
As winners of one of our four Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards in April 2009, Liam Patterson and Jason Dainter plan to use the £1,000 prize money to launch and market their website, currently in beta form.
EthicalCommunity.com is an online social network that allows consumers and sellers to connect with each other. The goals of EthicalCommunity.com are to be the first port-of-call for small suppliers of ethical products, increase environmental awareness and educate those buying the products.
As winners of one of our four Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards in April 2009, Kilian Palop and Glenn Buchan plan to use the £1,000 prize money to promote their placemat concept to other universities around Scotland.
Adspad is an innovative new concept which uses A3 paper placemats as a marketing tool for local businesses to target students while they eat.more info
As winner of one of our 5 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards in March 2009, Jane Burston (Carbon Retirement) uses her customers’ money to buy and cancel (or ‘retire’) allowances from the EU Emissions Trading Scheme.
Each allowance is a permit for a polluting company to release one tonne of carbon dioxide. When we retire an allowance we deplete the already stretched supply, reducing the total volume of emissions and forcing investment in low carbon technology in Europe. In overcoming the problems with traditional offsetting, we provide businesses and individuals with a robust and transparent way of offsetting their unavoidable emissions, and in doing so take the offsetting market in a whole new direction.
As winner of one of our 5 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards in March 2009, Thomas Freeman is using the £1,000 prize money to capitalize on the success of his Sanctuary Newspapers company by developing a new one specialising in identifying and headhunting high-calibre students for firms recruiting graduates.
Sanctuary Search has been formed to develop a parallel approach to advertising by graduate recruiters to students, to provide a more focused service, drawing on the dedication and motivation of the 1000+ students producing the papers. It draws on the innate talent of this rich and diverse pool of proactive, interested student-staff. Each of these people then has their own network of coursemates, society affiliates and social acquaintances, on which we draw. Due to the sheer depth and breadth of ability and personality within this wide network, the search for candidates with the requisite combination of skill and character will always be fruitful.
As winner of one of our 5 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards in March 2009, Mhari McMullan (Welcome Home) will be using the £1,000 prize money to develop her multi-disciplinary gallery and retail space with onsite studio space for artist in residence schemes and workshops in Glasgow.
Welcome Home will focus on making art, design and craft accessible to all and provide a much needed space for new designers to create, learn and educate. Sourcing unique and interesting work from local established and emerging artists and designers as well as bringing new talent to Scotland from elsewhere.
As winner of one of our 5 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards in March 2009, Struan Smith (Coastal Connection) will be using the £1,000 prize money to pay for landing fees to enable his high speed boat transfer/tour company to transport tourists throughout the Scottish islands & lochs.
As winner of one of our 5 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards in March 2009, Christopher Bushell (Bikehireuk) will be using the £1,000 prize money to pay for his 'Recycled bike rental system' (patent pending) which allows users to hire and return a bicycle via their mobile phone.
As one of our February 09 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards winners, Kristiina Smith used the £1000 prize money to create a 'Future Culture Space' - a large clear plastic cube that will provide a public performance space for creative activities including dance, music and art that will also serve as a promotional tool for the company.
As one of our February 09 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards winners, Niall Slater will be using his £1000 prize money to pay for the design, manufacture and sale of his new low-cost electronic braille display - 'BrailleBand' - which translates between braille and digital text.
As one of our winners of the February 09 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards - James Connelly's business idea is to create mobile multimedia labs that use recycled computers to teach graphics, animation, video production and web design to community groups like homeless hostels.
He'll be using the £1000 prize fund to build trailers for bicycles that will turn your unwanted computers into travelling learning centres that will help people climb the ladder to independence.
As one of our winners of the February 09 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards - designer Daniel Sutherland will be using his £1000 prize fund to develop a prototype of a new design of baby bottle which makes the feeding process easier by speeding up the heating or cooling process of the feeding liquid.
One of 5 winners of the January 09 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards £1000 prizes - Scratchface develop accessibility software, called Huetility, to help colourblind people better perceive, understand and interact with colour. They plan to launch their first product on the Apple iPhone via Apple’s app store. The £1000 will allow them to hire a designer to create the graphical elements that are critical to producing a successful iPhone application.
One of 5 winners of the January 09 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards £1000 prizes - The Kerri Parker Academy has been set up to offer advice and support for young models who are new into the industry. The £1000 will be used to hire a venue and catwalk for their 2nd annual 'Model of the Year' contest so they can re-invest any profits from ticket sales back into developing and growing the business.
One of 5 winners of the January 09 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards £1000 prizes - Miksani is a womenswear clothing brand aimed at 20-35yr old women using only eco-fibres and fabrics in production. The £1000 will be used to investigate and develop new fabrics and fibres with her manufacturer in India. In particular, Katie is interested in combining eco-fibres such as aloo (nettle), bamboo, silk, soya, tencel (wood pulp cellulose), cotton and hemp. It is also possible to combine these with cashmere wool, alpaca wool and even sea shells.
One of 5 winners of the January 09 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards £1000 prizes - Ryall Armouries offers a bespoke fit service producing mediaeval armours mainly of the 15th century. Fred says he will use the £1000 to expand his equipment and increase production rate - including a large flypress for rough work and a tig welder to improve overall finish to helms, a new linisher for grinding work and a buffing rig to achieve a uniform finish over large areas of work, again to improve the final aesthetic.
One of 5 winners of the January 09 Shell LiveWIRE 'Grand Ideas' Awards £1000 prizes - Aquaread develops and manufactures a spectacular range of highly advanced analytical and process equipment for both laboratory and field use. Combining cutting edge hardware design with the very latest thinking in software, Aquaread is poised to launch an impressive new range of innovative equipment. The £1000 prize will be used to develop a prototype of the product.