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May 2014 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award Winners Announced!

Tue, 01 July 2014

These four brilliant young businesses have each won £1000 for their start-up in May's Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards!
Baran Ceylan (Wordme) (pictured)
Wordme is a universal greeting card company that has designed a range of fun and innovative greeting cards in the form of a wordsearch. The concept allows individuals to choose the occasion that they wish to use the card for, by finding and circling the appropriate word(s). The business is hoping to change the way in which people shop for greeting cards as each Wordme card has 14 occasions intergraded into the wordsearch. The Wordme range currently has a portfolio of seven products covering all occasions, relations, dates and ages. Wordme cards are currently stocked in 16 retailers across the UK.
Alex Papanikolaou (Freedom One Life)
Freedom One Life are committed to setting a new standard of mobility for disabled people around the world by using cutting edge technology and engineering standards to create the next generation of power wheelchair. Power wheelchair technology has remained the same since the late ‘90s and currently falls far short of meeting the needs of a fully active adult with a 24/7 lifestyle. The technology is old and the designs are heavy and cumbersome. Freedom One Life’s design tackles these issues by producing a lightweight, reliable and relatively inexpensive power wheelchair that will bring its customers a new and long overdue experience of freedom and mobility.  
Jack Passant (Holly and Beau) 
Holly and Beau are bringing fun and excitement into welly wearing weather through its colour changing collection which provides an alternative to dull children’s waterproofs. The business has created innovative waterproofs that burst with colour when water splashes onto the designs, eventually returning to their original colour once dry. This exciting process is repeated every time the fabric comes into contact with water, ensuring that there will never be a boring rainy day again.

Edward Ward (Veglo) 
Veglo aims to be the leaders in personal safety illumination. Veglo want to not only provide bike lights, but also revolutionise the way in which they are used by cyclists in the hope of creating a safer cycling environment. Veglo currently has one product ready to take to market, the commuter X4, which is a wearable, fibre optic rear light that can be worn around any size backpack or across your shoulders. It creates a unique X-shape which, unlike a single point light, allows drivers to more accurately judge the distance, width and speed of cyclists.  

Commiserations to Bridget Yiadom (Universal Events Consultants), Luke Johnstone and Alex Stewart (The Smoothie Kit Co), Rose Fulbright-Vickers (Rose Fulbright), Kumar Hindocha (PitchWise Ltd), Julia Martin (IN BLOOM),Sinead Mitchard (Tahlulah Ray) who were shortlisted but did not win this time and have been encouraged to reapply.

Win funding for your business

If you think that you or your business has what it takes to win a £1,000 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award you can apply online now via our Awards page