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August 2018 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!

Fri, 07 September 2018

These five young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme for the month of August!
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 August are:
 
Harry Hall (OneCup) 
OneCup aims to reverse the habit of single-use disposable containers by replacing them with quality reusables at point of need, starting with coffee cups. They provide cafes with reusable coffee cups for free and advertise the cafes’ location on the linked app as well as providing branded sleeves. OneCup members can locate the cafes and borrow a cup by scanning the QR code displayed at the till, then return the cups to another OneCup café or a ‘smart collector’. OneCup encourages the UK coffee-buying public to reduce the waste associated with take-out coffee, without the hassle of carrying a reusable cup around all day.
 
Isaac Ramonet (Pure Air Industries) 
Pure Air Industries is developing technology to remove air pollution from traffic heavy areas. The unit can be attached to any street light or signpost alongside busy roads where it can capture the diesel fumes from passing vehicles. The fumes are collected and processed to filter out polluting particulate matter, VOCs and other greenhouse gases, including CO and CO2. The unit also has technology to measure the air quality of the surrounding area, and the air composition entering and leaving the unit.
 
Matthew Rowe (MATR)
MATR is a smart nano-technology air purifier for personal spaces 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.
 
Preslava Vassileva (The Eco Chef) 
The Eco Chef app helps people track their food waste and guides them through the process of becoming more sustainable in their daily food choices. The app helps people manage their food better by showing them the products they have bought and suggests recipes that use certain ingredients. When grocery shopping, users scan the products they buy and the app will store them with their expiry date. The app sends notifications before a product goes bad and suggests recipes with the selected products to help people reduce their food waste. Users can also track their food waste over time to make conscious decisions about the food they buy and see their food habits changing.
 
Martina Zupan (Alterwaste) 
Alterwaste aims to reduce plastic waste by replacing non-sustainable plastic materials with calcium carbonate-based products made from waste eggshells, crustaceans and mollusc shells. UK egg processors currently send their waste to landfill; Alterwaste offers to remove this useful by-product for a much lower fee and divert the material from landfill into a plastic-reducing, circular economy product. Operating on a B2B model, the plastic substitute has applications within the cosmetics industry, as a plastic packaging alternative or even as single-use tableware. This material is biodegradable, compostable and is safe for creatures to consume if it were to find its way back to the waterways.

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