Meet the Finalists - Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award
These fantastic young entrepreneurs made it through to the 'Final 8' for the 2013 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award. After a day of rigorous interviews and presentations, Jermaine Hagan was crowned the winner, taking home the £10,000 prize and prestigious title.
Mat Dusting (M-24)
M-24 designs recycled bags from used lorry curtains and reclaimed seat belts. The bags are based around urban design and outdoor travel.
There are currently three main products, which include a ski bag, duffel bag, and backpack, each of which is completely unique because of the large
variety of lorry curtains the business collects. Nearly 100% of the raw material is recycled and from abundant sources that would otherwise go to a landfill or be burnt.
You can follow him on Twitter @M24bags
Jennifer Duthie (Skribbies Ltd.)
Skribbies are a recently launched brand of kids' footwear that children can customise every day from new.
They can draw on their shoes, wipe it all off and start again; creating their own style and expressing their personality on their footwear through stickers and drawing.
It is basically like a whiteboard on a shoe. Every pair comes with 6 magic pens, a pack of monster stickers and a wristband with a pen loop. Skribbies' long term vision is to be
'the brand you can draw on' and plans to develop more products with customisation at the core.
You can follow her on Twitter @Skribbies
Daniel Eha (Pure Pet Food Ltd)
Pure Pet Food has brought a pioneering approach to the premium dog food market.
The business manufactures an air dried dog food which preserves its human quality ingredients without the harsh cooking processes involved in the production of commercial dry
and wet foods, creating a product with the same nutrients and goodness found in raw and homemade food.
Pure’s award winning products take away the inconvenience, health risks, and costs that raw feeding and home-cooking can bring, whilst retaining the convenience which originally
made commercially produced dry and wet foods so popular.
You can follow him on Twitter @PurePetFood
Jermaine Hagan (Revision App)
The Pearsons Education of our mobile-age; Revision App is the UK’s leading mobile education provider.
Helping over 1,000,000 people learn on their mobile phones. The business gives students all of the revision notes, videos & audio clips they need to learn effectively on their phone anywhere.
You can follow him on Twitter @RevisionApp
Tom Harrington (WeSold Ltd)
Wesold provides a much needed alternative for people selling their homes, and exploits the growing popularity in online estate agents, offering a pay-per-view
service as an alternative to paying extortionate High Street Estate Agents fees. Research has shown that paying large upfront fees of between £350 and
£600 was putting off 90% of customers who were against paying an upfront fee which is not returned if they do not manage to sell their property.
Wesold’s pay-per-view service provides an innovative solution to this problem.
You can follow him on Twitter @PayPerViewAgent
Jacob Hill (The Lazy Camper)
The Lazy Camper is a complete camping kit in one bag with a range of tent sizes and options available.
The customer selects the tent and adds a Lazy Buddy, which contains a Mummy Shaped Sleeping Bag, Self-Inflating Sleeping Mat, Blow-up Pillow, Camping Chair,
Waterproof Poncho, LED Headlamp and a First Aid Kit.
What makes The Lazy Camper awesome is that the customer can collect their kit onsite at the festival – saving them the trouble of carrying it.
The business even offers an upgrade whereby the tent is pre-pitched, ready and waiting for the customer’s arrival.
You can follow him on Twitter @Thelazycamper
Arthur Kay (bio-bean Ltd)
bio-bean recycles coffee grounds into biodiesel and biomass pellets.
The idea is unique in that it is the culmination of three concepts: waste collection, biomass pellet production, and biodiesel production.
bio-bean will collect waste coffee grounds from coffee houses, roasters and instant coffee producers in London, and then deliver the waste to bio-bean's processing plant where it will be converted into biofuel,
which the business will then sell.
You can follow him on Twitter @Bio_Bean_UK
Rajeev Nayyar (Fixflo)
Fixflo is on an online picture-based repair reporting system for rental properties. It gets the right information in the right level of detail to property managers without any technical knowledge
required on the part of the tenant.
It also provides guidance on repair responsibilities, self-help steps for common issues and through the Fixflo Plus system, updates as an issue is resolved.
By using Fixflo tenants can get repairs carried out more quickly and property managers can save time and money.
You can follow him on Twitter @Fixflo