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March 2018 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!

Mon, 09 April 2018

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

The five shortlisted businesses for the month of March are:
Stephen Ao (EcoBox) 
EcoBox is an eco-friendly, sustainable modular packaging and delivery service designed to eliminate single-use plastic and offer a better way to package and transport e-commerce and retail goods. Plastic bags in landfill don’t break down completely but instead photo-degrade, becoming microplastics that absorb toxins and continue to pollute the environment. EcoBox avoids this by using existing bio-materials, such as advanced bio-plastics, to create durable flatpack boxes which can be stacked compactly in storage and during delivery. The natural materials used, mycelium from mushrooms and cellulose (plant-derived matter), are fully biodegradable, helping EcoBox’s aim to increase the economic attractiveness of keeping material use circular.
Sam Ghazizadeh (Captum Technology)
Captum Technology aim to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from industrial plants in a financially viable way. The business has developed technologies to capture CO2 molecules from gas streams and convert them in-situ into solid-state carbon of various chemical compositions. The carbon products can be used in various manufacturing industries, such as steel. Captum’s novel approach to carbon capture converts CO2 into a valuable product, making it a usable product rather than waste.
Charlie Guy (LettUs Grow)
The majority of our “fresh” produce is imported out of season, often travelling hundreds of miles to reach our plates. LettUs Grow is designing and developing indoor irrigation equipment that will allow vertical farmers to consistently grow more fresh produce near the point of consumption, reducing air miles and food waste throughout the supply chain. LettUs Grow’s patent-pending modular aeroponic system delivers consistently high yields for vertical farms, whilst their farm management software reduces production costs. Aeroponics is a methodology of growing plants without soil, where the roots are watered using a fine mist. Not only does this deliver better flavour and faster growth, but it uses up to 95% less water than traditional agriculture.
George Kalligeros (Pushme Bikes)
Pushme Bikes are disrupting the on-demand delivery industry with quick electric bike conversion and battery swap stations. Self-employed delivery couriers convert their conventional bicycles to electric in under 5 minutes using Pushme Bike’s innovative device. Low battery alerts are sent directly to users’ smartphones, telling the rider to head to the nearest battery swap station (pushpod), located within local convenience stores, to switch their depleted battery for a fully charged one, a process that takes 10 seconds. Pushme Bike’s two products, a plug & play bicycle converter and a network of accessible pushpods, aim to tempt couriers away from petrol scooters and towards cleaner, equally efficient, transport options.
Haydn Kirkman (Airshare Transfers)
Airshare Transfers provide door-to-door airport transfers through the organising of shared taxis by acting as an intermediary between self-employed drivers and customers. Airshare Transfers uses existing mobility solutions more efficiently to reduce both localised congestion and, more broadly, consumption of natural resources. An airport such as Manchester handles over 65,000 vehicles entering it every day, through more efficient coordination of resources, and subsequent reduction in miles driven, the business anticipates a 50% reduction in fuel consumed and CO2 emitted can be achieved for every customer journey.

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