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Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme

Do you have a smart business idea that will help meet the needs of our growing population?

By 2050, our planet could be home to more than 9 billion people with 75% living in cities – up from 50% today. More people will enjoy higher living standards, gaining access to modern transportation, reliable energy, cleaner water, or buy their first mobile, refrigerator or car.

How will society manage this? Ensuring sufficient supply of resources will pose considerable challenges.  At the same time it presents a fantastic opportunity for the next generation of UK entrepreneurs. 

The Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future programme consists of:

  • Start-up funding of £5,000 to one monthly winner
  • Access to exclusive Shell events and workshops
  • The opportunity to be considered for the annual £25,000 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Find out more and apply now!

Shell launched the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme to support young, innovative entrepreneurs like you to meet the ever-increasing energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population.

The award is open to any entrepreneur aged 16-30 who has been trading for less than a year, or is looking to start trading in the next 12 months, and has an idea that addresses the UK's future transport, energy, or natural resource challenges, or makes our urban environments cleaner and more sustainable places to work and live in. Together, we can build a Smarter Future. 

 

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Karina Sudenyte (Wonky Drinks)

Karina Sudenyte Wins January's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Karina Sudenyte won January’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for her business, Wonky Drinks.

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Mohammed Shah (IDK UNO)

Mohammed Shah Wins December's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Mohammed Shah won December’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, IDK UNO.

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Sylvia Sun (GreenRide Sharing)

Sylvia Sun Wins November's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Sylvia Sun won November’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for her business, GreenRide Sharing.

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Haidin Rashid (Materialize.X)

Haidin Rashid Wins October's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Haidin Rashid won October’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Materialize.X.

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Alex Bond (Fresh Check)

Alex Bond Wins September's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!


Alex Bond won September’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, Fresh Check.

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Karina Maksimiuk (Hubebub)

Karina Maksimiuk (Hubebub)Hubebub converts energy consumption data into actionable insights.

Fergus Moore (Revive Eco)

Fergus Moore (Revive Eco)Revive offers a unique waste recycling service and a range of products, derived from used coffee grounds.

Thomas Robinson (Adaptavate)

Thomas Robinson (Adaptavate)Adaptavate are completely rethinking and redesigning how the new generation of building materials are made.

Solveiga Pakstaite (Design By Sol)

Solveiga Pakstaite (Design By Sol)Design By Sol have developed an innovative, integrated, bio-reactive food expiry label, Bump Mark.

George Foot (Cove)

George Foot (Cove)Cove utilises upcycled seashells as a low-cost microplastic replacement in cosmetics.

Charlotte Slingsby (Moya Power)

Charlotte Slingsby (Moya Power)Moya Power is a company researching and developing a clean wind energy solution.

Carlton Cummins (Aceleron)

 Carlton Cummins (Aceleron) Aceleron is a technology company focused on providing low cost energy storage.

Terence Chung (FRUU)

Terence Chung (FRUU)FRUU is a British indie cosmetic company specialising in sustainable fruit-derived skincare products.

Alex Bond (Fresh Check)

Alex Bond (Fresh Check)Fresh Check has developed a chemical that changes from blue to orange in the presence of bacteria

Elena Dieckmann (Aeropowder)

 Elena Dieckmann (Aeropowder) Aeropowder will create high performance insulation materials that make use of feather waste.

Haidin Rashid (Materialize.X)

Haidin Rashid (Materialize.X)Materialize.X takes low grade, low value biomass and turns it into something valuable.

Sylvia Sun (GreenRide Sharing)

Sylvia Sun (GreenRide Sharing)The GreenRide app is a platform which facilitates on-demand non-commercial ride sharing for commuters and ad hoc travellers.

Mohammed Shah (IDK UNO)

Mohammed Shah (IDK UNO)POW is a new project by IDK UNO which aims to accelerate the adoption of personal low range electric vehicles

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From Smoothies to Energy Storage Solutions – Celebrating 35 Years of Young UK Innovators

This year, Shell LiveWIRE celebrates 35 years of supporting bright, young, innovative businesses up and down the UK.

Spotlight on March's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Irina Fedorenko, co-founder of BubbleNut Wash

Irina Fedorenko won March’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for her business, BubbleNut Wash.

Supporting women entrepreneurs to drive innovation and diversity in the UK (Posted by Griselda Togobo)

The STEM sector is one that is known to have a significant under representation of women. Although businesses are working to improve diversity across all sectors of business, gender numbers haven’t changed much since - and the situation is even direr when we talk about women starting businesses within the sector.

April 2017 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!

These five young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme for the month of April!

Irina Fedorenko Wins March's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

Irina Fedorenko won March’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for her business, BubbleNut Wash.

Millennial Entrepreneurs (Posted by Spinder Dhaliwal)

Fast and furious, that’s the pace of enterprise for the young generation today. We are now seeing more and more young entrepreneurs appear in global Rich Lists and it’s worth noting the pace and direction of this movement and what sectors they are in.

Spotlight on February's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Henrik Hagemann, co-founder of CustoMem

Henrik Hagemann won February’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, CustoMem.

Millennials Rise to the Challenge: 9 Start-ups that are engineering the future

Generation Y has often been misunderstood. Sometimes perceived as being ‘soft’ , they’ve been accused of being unequipped for adulthood because they perhaps never had to use a handsaw or maybe can’t identify an answering machine if you put it in front of them.

Aqua Power Technologies is April's Featured Business of the Month

Sam Etherington won a Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Award in 2014, for his business Aqua Power Technologies, before going on to be shortlisted for the 2014 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, where he won the £5,000 Future Impact Award.

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