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Meet the finalists for the 2017 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

Tue, 10 April 2018

Meet the six finalists for the 2017 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Meet the six innovative entrepreneurs who are competing for the title of Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year and £25,000 no-strings attached funding for their low-carbon business. 
The six finalists haven’t had an easy ride to get to this stage. First, competing for a monthly £5,000 Smarter Future Award, and then making it through a tough semi-final, the Final 6 have faced stiff opposition at every stage so far. 

These young innovators are shaping a smarter, more sustainable future for the UK, and we wish them all the best of luck at the final on 10th May! 
Metronome Energy is a demand-side response technology company who aims to provide flexibility to the National Grid, District Network Operators and energy companies to help reduce energy demand and fluctuating prices during peak energy times. Targeted primarily at the farming industry, the data Metronome collects offers industrial refrigeration and storage facilities the ability to safely switch off during peak periods, reducing the demand on the energy supply. 
Phytoponics develops commercial horticulture growing systems based around patent pending inventions of a flexible hydroponic system. Phytoponics’ system grows vine crops such as tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and aubergine and is comprised of flexible growing modules with integrated features for growth control, an irrigation system, sensors, nutrient injector and controller. Hydroponics uses more than ten times less land and water than traditional agriculture, freeing up fresh water usage for human consumption or environmental sustainability, and freeing up land for sustainable development or re-forestation.
CustoMem uses nature’s capacity to make biomaterials to improve sustainability in alignment with the Sustainable Development Goals. Contamination of water supplies by industrial micropollutants such as metal ions, pesticides and pharmaceuticals is a major contributor to water pollution. These micropollutants are persistent in the environment, and dangerous to human health. CustoMem makes products to tackle this problem using a patented biological production toolkit. CustoMem’s granular water filtration products capture micropollutants from industrial wastewater that are challenging to remove with current technology. The business can then safely dispose of or recycle captured micropollutants into high-value products enabling the circular economy in the wastewater treatment sector.
MiAlgae is a novel microalgae production company that aims to revolutionize the £340 billion global livestock feed industry by producing microalgal products through the remediation of wastewater. These microalgal products will be used as nutrient substitutes for fishmeal in livestock feeds. By integrating nutrient recycling into the production process, MiAlgae is able to reduce the production costs of a product that has significant value, all the while reducing the pressure on our vital fish stocks and reducing nutrient pollution of fresh water systems.  The business’ products will significantly decrease the environmental impact of this industry while simultaneously cleaning up Scotland’s fresh water. 
At least a third of produce grown globally is thrown away due to its size or shape. Overproduction leads to further increases in the level of food waste. Moreover, half of that wasted food is edible. Flawsome! Drinks, previously Wonky Drinks, is a social enterprise that aims to tackle food waste, reduce packaging waste and help orchards that can't shift wonky produce. The business squeezes juice from wonky produce and is on a mission to create the most sustainable juice brand in Europe. Wonky Drinks do not contain any GMOs or additives such as sugar, powders, or oils. Intended for the catering market, university and workplace canteens, Flawsome! Drinks are packaged in five-litre boxes together with a branded smoothie tumbler. It replaces between 15 and 25 plastic bottles and cuts packaging waste by 70%.
ChargedUp is an external phone battery rental service powered by green energy. ChargedUp works in a similar fashion to the Boris Bike network in that users can take a charger from one station and return it to any other station in the network. It is estimated that 17.4 GWh is used to power mobile phones in London each year, which is the equivalent of providing energy to over 750 households. The ChargedUp system will provide clean, renewable energy to its service users by offsetting their energy through a green supplier.
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