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Shell LiveWIRE is a UK-wide enterprise scheme to help support young entrepreneurs (aged 16–30) into business.

Shell LiveWIRE is a Royal Dutch Shell Social Investment programme. It was launched in the Strathclyde area of Scotland in 1982, before being rolled out across the rest of the UK in 1985.[1] The Shell LiveWIRE Awards are one of the longest established youth entrepreneur award schemes in the UK and boasts an inspirational alumni of winners. The programme has helped a ‘who’s who’ of well known entrepreneurs on their paths to success including the programme’s first winner, Stewart Graham of The Gael Force Group,[2][3] Jamie Murray-Wells of Glasses Direct,[4] Michael Korn of KwickScreen,[5] Laurence Kemball-Cook of Pavegen,[6] Richard Reed of Innocent Smoothies,[7] and James Watt and Martin Dickie of BrewDog[8]

Shell LiveWIRE offers two business awards; the monthly £5,000 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Awards and an annual £25,000 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Smarter Future Programme Winners[edit]

The Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme launched in 2015 with aim of supporting start-ups that provide solutions to the UK's future transport, food, energy, or natural resource challenges, or make our urban environments cleaner and more sustainable places to work and live in.[9] So far the programme has supported the following start-ups with £5,000 funding and mentoring opportunities:

  • Daniel Roberts, Founder of BananaBerry, a business that turns surplus fruit and vegetables into smoothies[10]
  • Mason Holden, Co-Founder of urbanminded, the business behind BikeVault, a bicycle parking structure with a built in locking mechanism[11]
  • Solveiga Pakštaitė, Founder of Design by Sol, the business behind BumpMark, a bio-reactive food expiry label which indicates the conditions of food inside its packaging, reducing food waste[12]
  • Adam Meekings, Founder of Penumbra Power, a technology start-up committed to the reduction of emissions from vehicle exhaust gasses through their innovation, currently called ‘Pre-Treatment[13]
  • Maneesh Varshney, Co-founder of Naturosys, a company that creates organic fertiliser and fish feed from food waste[14]
  • Tom Robinson, Co-founder of Adaptavate, the business behind Breathaboard, a bio-based alternative to plasterboard which locks carbon into the fabric of buildings[15]
  • Thor Schuitemaker-Wichstrøm, Co-founder of CAVENTOU, a business that creates sustainable smart objects that use the property of colour to convert sunlight into energy[16]
  • Ravi Toor, Founder of Filamentive,[17] a sustainable, 3D printing material brand looking to develop a 3D printer filament made from recycled plastic[18]
  • Adam Dixon, co-founder of Phytoponics, a agtech startup that developed a low-cost and scalable hydroponic growing system for commercial agriculture[19]
  • Karina Sudenyte, Co-founder and chief brand of Flawsome! drinks, a business that turns wonky fruit into wonderful cold-pressed juices[20][21].

Grand Ideas Award Winners[edit]

The Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards ran from 2009-2014 and awarded monthly £1,000 awards to innovative start-ups throughout the UK. Notable award winners include:

  • Daniel Murray, Co-founder of Grabble, a fashion app that is revolutionising the shopping experience[22]
  • Laurence Kemball-Cook, Founder of Pavegen Systems, a business which has created paving slabs that harvest kinetic energy[23]
  • Arthur Kay, Co-founder of bio-bean, a business which turns used coffee grounds into bio-diesel pellets[24]
  • Ed Ward, Founder of Veglo, a business that is making cycling safer with its innovative Commuter X4 lights[25]
  • Michael Corrigan, Co-founder of trtl, the sleepscarf that makes travelling more comfortable[26]
  • Samuel Etherington, Founder of Aqua Power Technologies, a company that has invented a multi-axis wave power energy converter[27]
  • Jennifer Duthie, Founder of Skribbies, kids shoes that can be drawn on every day from new[28]
  • Amy Wordsworth, Founder of Good Bubble, a range of natural bath products for children[29]
  • Georgina Bullen, Paralympian and Founder of Team Insight, a company that uses the sport of Goalball to aid teambuilding[30]
  • Ben Allen, Founder of Oomph Wellness, a company that is revolutionising the care sector[31]
  • Dana Elemara, Founder of Arganic, a company that produces argan oil for the food and cosmetic industries[32]
  • Charlie Harry Francis, Founder of Lick Me I'm Delicious, the company behind 'edible mist' and 'instant logo pops', as well as their signature liquid nitrogen ice cream[33]
  • Jermaine Hagan, Founder of Revision App, an app that is helping students to improve their grades by up to 20%[34]

Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Winners[edit]

The Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award[35] competition recognises and celebrates the achievements of the UK's finest young entrepreneurs. Previous winners include Jamie Murray Wells of Glasses Direct,[36] Robert Matthams of Shiply.com,[37] Ben Allen of Oomph Wellness,[38] Daniel Murray of Grabble.[39]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.com/home/theprogramme/
  2. ^ http://www.gaelforcegroup.co.uk/
  3. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.org/alumni/young-entrepreneur-of-the-year-winners/stewart-graham/
  4. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.org/alumni/young-entrepreneur-of-the-year-winners/jamie-murray-wells/
  5. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.org/news/slw11-winner
  6. ^ http://www.pavegen.com
  7. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.org/alumni/young-entrepreneur-of-the-year-finalists/richard-reed/
  8. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.org/alumni/young-entrepreneur-of-the-year-finalists/james-watt/
  9. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.org/awards/smarter-future-programme/
  10. ^ http://www.bananaberry.co.uk/#bbhome
  11. ^ http://www.urbanminded.com
  12. ^ http://www.designbysol.co.uk/
  13. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.org/alumni/smarter-future-programme-winners/2015-winners/adam-meekings/
  14. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.org/alumni/smarter-future-programme-winners/2015-winners/maneesh-varshney/
  15. ^ http://www.adaptavate.com/
  16. ^ http://www.caventou.com/
  17. ^ http://www.filamentive.com/
  18. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.org/news/1444043937.269/
  19. ^ https://www.shell-livewire.org/news/1586/adam-dixon-wins-august-shell-livewire-smarter-future-award
  20. ^ http://www.flawsomedrinks.com/
  21. ^ https://www.shell-livewire.org/news/496/karina-sudenyte-wins-januarys-shell-livewire-smarter-future-award
  22. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.org/alumni/young-entrepreneur-of-the-year-winners/2014-daniel-murray/
  23. ^ http://www.pavegen.com
  24. ^ http://www.bio-bean.com
  25. ^ veglo.cc
  26. ^ trtl.co.uk
  27. ^ http://aquapowertech.com/
  28. ^ http://skribbies.com/
  29. ^ https://www.goodbubble.co.uk/
  30. ^ http://www.team-insight.co.uk/
  31. ^ http://www.oomph-wellness.org/
  32. ^ http://www.myarganic.co.uk/
  33. ^ http://www.lickmeimdelicious.com/
  34. ^ http://revisionapp.co.uk/
  35. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.org/alumni/young-entrepreneur-of-the-year-winners/
  36. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.org/alumni/young-entrepreneur-of-the-year-winners/jamie-murray-wells/
  37. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.org/alumni/young-entrepreneur-of-the-year-winners/robert-matthams/robert-matthams-one-year-on/
  38. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.org/news/ben-allen-wins-shell-livewire-award
  39. ^ http://www.shell-livewire.org/news/daniel-murray-shell-livewire-young-entrepreneur-of-the-year

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