Sylvia Sun won November’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for her business, GreenRide Sharing.
The GreenRide app is a platform which facilitates on-demand non-commercial ride sharing for commuters and ad hoc travellers on intra-city London journeys. GreenRide utilises existing capacity on London’s roads where there is an average of only 1.6 people per car journey. Through the use of complex algorithms and satellite navigation the GreenRide app is able to match users for instant ride sharing on-the-go in a few clicks. Congestion is a major issue in London’s transport ecosystem and roughly 50% of the NO2 produced in London is caused by traffic. By helping reduce the numbers of cars on the road, GreenRide is seeking to address this issue.
Commiserations to James Okwudili (Vibro Ultra), Mohammed Shah (IDK UNO), Rebecca Sloan (Piddle Patch) and Karina Sudenyte (Wonky Drinks) who were shortlisted but did not win this time and are encouraged to reapply.
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.
Shell last night awarded a total of £180,000 of equity free funding to Carlton Cummins from Aceleron and Upside Energy as the national winners of Shell Springboard and Shell LiveWIRE. With a total of £440,000 in funding available in 2017, the programmes are designed to recognise and reward the most innovative UK low-carbon businesses and the most inspirational young sustainability entrepreneurs.