News | Tom Robinson of Adaptavate wins £25,000 and is named 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year
24 March 2016
Tom Robinson of Adaptavate is named the 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year, scooping £25,000 in start-up funding for Breathaboard, a bio-based building product which locks carbon into the fabric of buildings, helping to mitigate CO2 driven climate change.
Having already won £5,000 through Shell LiveWIRE's Smarter Future Programme, Adaptavate
has now secured a total of £30,000 through Shell LiveWIRE to take forward the business' first innovation, Breathaboard, a bio-based alternative to plasterboard, made of 75% plant matter.
Tom was named the winner by an independent panel of judges, comprising some of the leading experts in the sustainability and enterprise sectors, including:
The six finalists for the 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award with Shell UK Chairman, Erik Bonino
Tom Robinson, Managing Director of Adaptavate said:
“Winning the Shell LiveWIRE title is a fantastic endorsement of our business. We are looking forward to getting our high performing bio-composite materials off the ground, and the award gives us the financial support and credibility boost to make these plans a reality.”
Operational since 1982, Shell LiveWIRE is one of two Enterprise Development programmes run by Shell to support a flourishing culture of UK enterprise and to inspire entrepreneurs to innovate and provide real solutions to today’s energy and resource challenges. While Shell LiveWIRE is aimed at young entrepreneurs looking to translate their ideas into a start-up business, Shell Springboard
helps small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) with commercially-proven business models that reduce carbon emissions to take their businesses to the next level.
The event brought together the national finalists from both Shell LiveWIRE and Shell Springboard programmes. C-Capture
was named the Shell Springboard National Winner and received an award of £150,000 for its clean energy technology which captures CO2 emissions.
Shell UK Chairman, Erik Bonino, commented:
“Many congratulations to our Shell LiveWIRE and Shell Springboard winners! The Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner, Tom Robinson of Adaptavate, and Shell Springboard National Winner, C-Capture, are inspiring examples of how combining bright ideas with an entrepreneurial approach can help us meet the UK’s low carbon challenge, without compromising our economic prosperity.
“I hope that the financial awards, marketing support and access to some of the key players in the low-carbon and investment communities they will have access to through Shell LiveWIRE and Shell Springboard will go a long way in helping our winners - and other UK innovators - to start-up and scale-up their businesses.”
Jane Pritchard, Enterprise and Culture Director at Business in the Community, and Chair of the Shell LiveWIRE final judging panel, said:
“Business in the Community encourages large businesses to support and showcase entrepreneurs, particularly those with a social or environmental impact. The Shell LiveWIRE awards continue to inspire and unearth new entrepreneurial talent focussed on providing new solutions to pressing environmental issues. It was an absolute pleasure to chair this year’s judging panel.”
Visit the Adaptavate
website to find out more about Tom Robinson and his business, or you can follow them on Twitter @adaptavate
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