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June 2018 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!

Mon, 09 July 2018

These five young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme for the month of June!
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 June are:
 
Selby Cary (Casta Spes Technologies) 
Casta Spes Technologies’ current project is the Mantis; a ground-based remote-control vehicle, which has the manoeuvrability of an aerial drone and accessibility of a traditional radio control car. Compared to aerial drone technology, the Mantis is better at navigating urban areas and poor weather conditions, with autonomous obstacle avoidance and location live-streaming making it the perfect delivery option. By partnering with major delivery companies, Casta Spes Technologies aims to replace traditional distribution methods with their alternative transport, helping to reduce carbon emissions caused by fuel-powered vehicles.

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. 
 
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.
 
Ehab Sayed (Biohm) 
Biohm is building healthy, affordable and more sustainable living environments through bio-based construction materials. The debut products, Mycelium and ORB (Organic Refuse Bio-compound), provide sustainable, regenerative materials which aim to lead the construction industry towards a circular model while tackling the ever-growing food and agriculture waste streams in the UK. Biohm’s materials are sustainably grown, bio-engineered or moulded with minimal human intervention, energy consumption and emissions.

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