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May 2018 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!

Tue, 12 June 2018

These five young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme for the month of May!
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 May are:
 
Dicky Davies (Crushed Protein) 
Crushed Protein aims to bring edible insects to the masses through great-tasting everyday products, starting with protein shakes. Farmed crickets produce 100 times less emissions than cows but 3 times as much protein as beef, require 22,000 times less water than normal agriculture but offer 10 times more vitamin B12 than salmon and can be farmed vertically requiring less land altogether. Crushed Protein with their product, NO WHEY! protein shakes, want to capitalise on the huge growth predicted in the protein powder and edible insect markets, and help normalise eating insect protein through their business simultaneously removing pressure on traditional protein resources. 
 
Bowen Guan (Carbon2Carbon) 
Carbon2Carbon (C2C) has developed a state-of-the-art carbon capture and storage solution based on graphene membrane technology. For use in carbon capture and storage, C2C offers a series of readily packed membrane tubes in a metal framework fitted with gas sensors and other controlling devices. This technology will lower the entry barrier to carbon capture and storage technology by reducing its initial costs and simplifying operating process. C2C aims to encourage more companies to adopt carbon capture and storage technology.
 
Harry Hall (UniCups) 
UniCups is targeting the high amounts of avoidable waste on university campuses by focusing on eliminating single-use food and beverage disposables. Starting with disposable coffee cups, UniCups is integrating existing Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology with library management systems to manage takeaway cups. The user ‘borrows’ the reusable cup using their university ID and returns it to a collection point when finished. UniCups then collects and washes the cups to the required hygiene standards to be reused again; a process more sustainable and economical than the standard recycling model.
 
Rowan Minkley (Chip[s] Board) 
Chip[s] Board takes waste by-products and turns them into high value materials. Their current product, Chip[s] Board, uses industrial potato waste to produce a sheet material with similar properties to MDF, suitable for flatpack furniture and other interior applications but with less harm to the environment. The product is an eco-friendly wood substitute, is biodegradable post-use and, unlike MDF, doesn’t contain toxic resins and chemicals. Chip[s] Board’s use of waste by-products in biodegradable commodities epitomises a circular economy, as the end-of-life furniture can be sent to composting facilities to help grow new potato crops.
 
Matthew Rowe (MATR)
MATR is a smart nano-technology air purifier for personal space that features a removable air quality tracker to improve your health. The purifier eliminates pollutants indoors whilst the tracker shows information on health-damaging air pollution hotspots outdoors. In contrast to traditional purifiers, MATR’s purifier destroys particulates instead of trapping them; this reduces related waste products, such as filters, from going to landfill. MATR’s air quality tracker crowdsources data in hyper-accurate real time allowing users to make more informed decisions about how and where they travel, ultimately improving health.

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