News | December 2016 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!
05 January 2017
These five young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme for the month of December!
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 December are:
James Okwudili (Vibro Ultra)
Vibro Ultra’s innovative cloud-based design software provides a means of increasing the use of construction and demolition waste in urban infrastructure developments by using suitable waste, such as crushed recycled gravel, concrete, brick or asphalt, to improve weak soils. By using Vibro Ultra’s software, ground improvement designers can improve sites with construction waste while Vibro Ultra’s software works out how many stone columns to put on a given area, what cost-effective recycled material to use and how much of the recycled material is required for the job. The business is aiming to reduce the need for expensive ground improvement methods and create a more sustainable, resource-efficient UK.
Samuel Rogers (Braw Power)
Braw Power designs portable power products for adventurers or those who are 'off-grid'. Their products are intended to allow users to keep their electronics charged and usable, whether that is for navigation, communication, documenting journeys or activities in the outdoor, military, aid, or developing economy markets. The business’ first product, a personal wind turbine, will be sized for small electronic devices, such as mobile phones and cameras.
Mohammed Shah (IDK UNO)
POW is a new project by IDK UNO which aims to accelerate the adoption of personal low range electric vehicles, specifically e-bikes. Through a smart rack and subscription model, similar to the EV industry battery hire model, the business aims to make e-bikes cheaper than a bus pass. The smart rack allows the business to monitor the health of the battery remotely in real time and provide a modular platform for many uses, such as health and security services modules. POW is also aiming to provide a further subsidy to eligible commuters through its ad-scheme, where a digital display module will be attached to the smart rack that will show ads based on the users location. POW will enable the adoption of e-bikes which will have wide ranging implications for the transport landscape.
Rebecca Sloan (Piddle Patch)
With over 8.5 million dogs living in the UK Piddle Patch
, a zero-waste indoor toilet for dogs, is hoping to help reduce the amount of training pads that are sent to landfills every year. It is estimated that nappies, which are very similar to training pads, take up to 500 years to decompose. The Piddle Patch, which is made from fresh grass that’s grown in recycled textiles, not only helps divert waste from landfills it also reduces the carbon footprint of pets, supports natural environments and helps produce clean air. It is estimated that 2.4 square metres of grass (8.8 Piddle Patches) will, on a daily basis, provide enough carbon dioxide to supply the oxygen requirement of one person per day. Piddle Patch are 100% biodegradable and at the end of its lifecycle be recycled and eventually turned into compost.
Karina Sudenyte (Wonky Drinks)
At least a third of produce grown globally is thrown away due to its size or shape. Overproduction leads to further increases in the level of food waste. Moreover, half of that wasted food is edible. Wonky Drinks is a social enterprise that aims to tackle food waste, reduce packaging waste and help orchards that can't shift wonky produce. The business squeezes juice from wonky produce and is on a mission to create the most sustainable juice brand in Europe. Wonky Drinks do not contain any GMOs or additives such as sugar, powders, or oils. Intended for the catering market, university and workplace canteens, Wonky Drinks are packaged in five-litre boxes together with a branded smoothie tumbler. It replaces between 15 and 25 plastic bottles and cuts packaging waste by 70%.