2013 - Jermaine Hagan (Revision App)
Founder of leading education app, Jermaine Hagan, impressed the judging panel with rapid
business growth – Revision App has had 1 million downloads less than
a year from launch. Ed Daniels, Chairman of Shell UK awarded Jermaine the £10,000 prize and coveted title of 2013 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year.
Jermaine, founder of Revision App, is in the process of developing an
improved version of the app, due for launch in 2014. The app provides
educational content such as flashcards and videos to help students
prepare for their exams throughout their 15 years of schooling. This
investment will help Revision App to break into other countries and
create new courses for app customers, with the goal being to reach 3
million users by the end of next year. In addition to winning the
coveted title, Jermaine also receives a cash prize of £10,000 and two
exclusive sessions with a Shell Business Development executive who will
help with his business model and advise on strategy execution.
year, an additional award was given for innovation. Arthur Kay, 23,
founder of bio-fuel company bio-bean, was awarded the Shell LiveWIRE
Innovation Award – which holds a £5,000 cash prize. bio-bean recycles
coffee grounds into bio-fuel, and Arthur will invest his prize money in a
full scale technology trial for the process of pelletising waste coffee
grounds into biomass pellets.
Jermaine impressed judges with
his confidence and passion for his business, not only making him a great
ambassador for the Shell LiveWIRE programme but also an outstanding
entrepreneur that will prove an inspiration to others seeking to start
businesses at an early age.
Jermaine and Arthur with Ed Daniels, Chairman of Shell UK
Jermaine said: "Winning the highly coveted title of Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year is a great honour and demonstrates the panel's belief in Revision App's future growth and ability to help our student users reach their potential – customers typically see a 20% increase in their grades after using the app. The prize money and national recognition will mean we can continue improving the app and hope to help at least another two million on their way to learn.”
Previous Shell LiveWIRE winners include Innocent Drinks, Glasses Direct, Shiply, Shutl (which was recently acquired by eBay) and Pavegen.
Ed Daniels, Chairman, Shell UK had this to say about Jermaine: "Young business minds like Jermaine are role models for all those potential entrepreneurs out there, who have a great idea for a business, but aren't quite sure whether they should take the next step. He has shown it is possible to create a successful business if you have a good idea, work hard, and work with support networks like Shell LiveWIRE. I look forward to seeing what more Revision App can achieve.”
The Shell LiveWIRE Team would like to congratulate the other seven finalists who took part in the competition. They all received high praise from the judges and gave exceptional interviews and presentations:
- Mat Dusting (M-24)
- Jennifer Duthie (Skribbies)
- Daniel Valdur Eha (Pure Pet Food)
- Tom Harrington (Wesold)
- Jacob Hill (The Lazy Camper)
- Rajeev Nayyar (Fixflo)