Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award Finalists Announced

10 March 2016

The 6 Finalists of the 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award have been announced.

ECCI’s Charlotte Waugh was part of the judging panel who had the tough task of whittling down the entries to the 6 impressive finalists.

Shell LiveWIRE is 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 in a coaching workshop with Shell senior business leaders.

The finalists include:

Matthew McLaren (Entomics)

Entomics are pioneering the transformation of food waste into sustainable sources of fuel for plants, animals and vehicles. Instead of breaking food waste down, they’re building it up into more complex and valuable chemical compounds using insects. Using food waste as the input and the Black Soldier Fly as the key catalyst, their process generates biodiesel from modified insect fats, with high protein animal feed and fertiliser/biopesticide arising as side products. Each of their products acts as ‘fuel’ for a different industry – biodiesel in heating your house and powering your car, animal feed in raising chickens, fish and other livestock, and fertiliser/biopesticide in improving agricultural yields
You can follow him on Twitter @entomics

Michael McLeod (Universal Resource Trading)

The business provides an easy way for universities to recoup space, generate revenue and prevent waste of their unwanted equipment. They collect, store and sell unwanted items from universities to their network of specialist business customers and then return a profit share back to the university. The scheme helps to tackle natural resource challenges by improving sustainability of the scientific industry and it will prevent an estimated 201.6 tonnes of useable equipment going to disposal by year three. The business recently acquired 300 chairs headed for disposal and sold them on, resulting in the prevention of four tonnes of waste, reducing CO2 by over 30,000kg.
You can follow him on Twitter @UniGreenScheme

Solveiga PakštaitÄ— (Design By Sol)

Design By Sol have developed an innovative, integrated, bio-reactive food expiry label, called Bump Mark, which is designed to indicate the conditions of food inside its packaging. Using gelatine to model the decay process of food, Bump Mark is able to indicate exactly the condition food inside the package is in, simply by running one’s finger over the label. Almost half of all purchased food is wasted and the impact of food loss throughout the supply chain, from initial agricultural production down to final household consumption, is not just financial. It also means that fertilizers, pesticides and transport fuel have been wasted. In a world with limited natural resources, Bump Mark’s cost-effective food waste-reducing technology is a novel and standard-defining solution.
You can follow her on Twitter @Design_By_Sol

Thomas Robinson (Adaptavate)

Adaptavate are completely rethinking and redesigning how the new generation of building materials are made. Adaptavate are developing bio-based building products that lock carbon into the fabric of buildings, helping to mitigate CO2 driven climate change. Adaptavate's first product, Breathaboard, is a bio-based alternative to the ubiquitous building material used for internal lining in buildings: plasterboard. It's installed in exactly the same way, except it provides a carbon sequestering potential to help mitigate CO2 driven climate change, and it is made of 75% plant matter so it provides a renewable solution to the 15 million tonnes of plasterboard that goes to landfill each year globally.
You can follow him on Twitter @adaptavate

Adam Routledge (Edible Bug Farm)

Edible Bug Farm produces human grade edible insects using scientific management principles. They aim to be a leading expert and pioneer in the entomophagy industry, offering an alternative solution to the global food security crisis facing the world today. The technologies they are developing are designed specifically to be automated, cost-efficient, sustainable, and can be easily replicated to meet demand. Compared to traditional livestock, insects such as crickets have been found to be at least 11 times more efficient when it comes to feed to meat conversion. Whilst cows produce only 4kg of beef per 100 kg of feed, crickets produce 47kg of meat. Insects also require around 0.0005% of the water needed to produce the same amount of edible protein.
You can follow him on Twitter @ediblebugfarm

Ravi Toor (Filamentive)

Filamentive is a sustainable 3D printing material brand. Manufactured in Europe, they differentiate from the rest by offering consumables with environmental credentials such as a low carbon footprint and advocate degradable bioplastics as opposed to harmful alternatives. It is estimated that only 1-3% of all plastics used are recycled. The material is almost always non-biodegradable. Already this year (as of August 2015) over 6 million tons of plastic waste has been dumped in oceans. Filamentive are aiming to reduce this problem by converting this waste into usable 3D printing filament, which can then be purchased individually by hobbyists, schools, businesses and retailers.

You can follow her on Twitter @filamentive

The semi-final judges had a hard job of whittling the 12 winners down to the final 6. As well as Charlotte the judging panel included: 

• Shakeel Ahmed (Shell)
• Irene Maffini (Carbon Trust)
• Charles Mallo (Imperial College London)
• Richard New (Shell)
• Jurga Zilinskiene (Today Translations)