News | January 2017 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!
03 February 2017
These five young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme for the month of January!
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 January are:
Haydn Kirkman (airshare transfers)
airshare transfers provide door-to-door airport transfers through the organising of shared taxis by acting as an intermediary between self-employed drivers and customers. airshare transfers uses existing mobility solutions more efficiently to reduce both localised congestion and, more broadly, consumption of natural resources. An airport such as Manchester handles over 65,000 vehicles entering it every day, through the more efficient coordination of resources, and subsequent reduction in miles driven, the business anticipates a 50% reduction in fuel consumed and CO2 emitted can be achieved for every customer journey.
Samuel Rogers (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.
Ehab Sayed (Biohm)
Biohm is a research and development-led company that aims to promote a healthier and more sustainable built environment. The business is currently developing their initial product, Triagomy, which is a panel-based construction system that does not require binding materials, additional fixtures or fasteners to create durable robust structures. Triagomy boasts unrivalled environmental, social and economic benefits. The construction industry in the UK alone annually produces over 100 million tonnes of waste and around 46% of materials delivered to construction sites go straight to landfills. Alongside their primary product, Triagomy, Biohm’s consultations service will allow them to work closely with other organisations to influence a more systemic and holistic approach that assesses the environmental and social impact of construction projects to create a more circular economy.
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%.