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Welcome to Shell LiveWIRE, the UK's biggest online community for young entrepreneurs aged 16-30.

Established in 1982, the Shell LiveWIRE programme offers free online business advice and funding to young entrepreneurs in the UK (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland). 

The Smarter Future Programme supports young entrepreneurs with smart and innovative ideas that meet the energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population. The programme awards a start-up grant of £5,000 each month to one 16-30 year old entrepreneur with an idea that addresses sustainable living challenges through smart innovation. Winners are also invited to take part exclusive Shell events and workshops. The awards are judged against the following four categories:

  • Smarter use of natural resources – the most innovative and commercially viable solutions that reduce, reuse or recycle essential natural resources to help meet the demands from a growing population.
  • Shaping a sustainable energy future – ideas that could enhance energy efficiency, produce cleaner energy or reduce carbon emissions.
  • Smarter mobility solutions – solutions that help transport more people and goods safely, cost-effectively, efficiently and with a reduced impact on the environment.
  • Smarter cities solutions – start-ups that will help make our urban environments cleaner, smarter and more sustainable places to work and live in.
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Can aquaponic urban farming bring food waste to a halt? (Posted by GrowUp Urban Farms)

Fish feces is full of nutrients – in particular, it’s high in ammonia, which is converted into nitrogen and is very useful for plants. From using fish feces as nutrients for our plants, to recirculating the water in our aquaponics system, we work on the principle that waste never truly gets ‘thrown away’.

Spotlight on August's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Terence Chung, founder of FRUU

Terence Chung won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in August 2016 for his business, FRUU.

Innovate UK’s essential business networking tips (Posted by Innovate UK)

Networking is intimidating. Approaching strangers, introducing yourself and discussing business isn’t many people’s idea of fun. Networking is however, one of the most vital ways of gaining valuable contacts in business. Many success stories originate from two likeminded people meeting at a networking event.

Edible Bug Farm is October's Featured Business of the Month

Adam Routledge won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in November 2015 for his business Edible Bug Farm before going on to be shortlisted for the 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Student Entrepreneurship – why it’s worth it and how to make the most of it

In 2015 research found that 24% of students were running a business alongside their studies. With this in mind we hosted a special blog series around student entrepreneurship where we hosted blogs from five successful Shell LiveWIRE winners who all started their businesses as students.

September 2016 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme Shortlist Announced!

These five young entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme for the month of September!

Will today’s data lead us to a smarter future? (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE Winner, Karina Maksimiuk)

In case you have been living under a proverbial rock, there’s a good chance you’ve heard about big data. It’s in, it’s new and it’s been branded as the latest hype. But what is it, and how can we make the most of it? And more importantly, does today’s data have the potential to lead us to a smarter future?

Terence Chung Wins August's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

Terence Chung won August’s Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award for his business, FRUU.

Is Investment Right for Early Stage Businesses? (Posted by Shell LiveWIRE Winner, Ben Smith)

The start-up and investment world is changing. The number of Initial Public Offerings (IPOs) has dropped, but the amount of venture capital funding has risen dramatically.

Spotlight on July's Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme winner, Carlton Cummins, co-founder of Aceleron

Carlton Cummins won a Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award in July 2016 for his business, Aceleron.