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    As the year comes to a close it’s a perfect time to reflect on some of the Shell LiveWIRE highlights from 2018.

    2018’s Smarter Future Award winners covered a range of innovative solutions, including carbon capture and storage, air purification and indoor irrigation equipment. All of the winners received a five-thousand-pound cash award and will be eligible for the 2018 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, which will be decided in 2019.

    Six winners of the 2017 Smarter Future award were shortlisted for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, with Douglas Martin, founder of MiAlgae, coming away as the overall winner. Douglas received a twenty-five-thousand-pound cash prize and went on to secure five-hundred-thousand-pounds of seed investment following his success in the Shell LiveWIRE programme. The investment came in equal shares from funders Equity Gap, the Scottish Investment Bank and The University of Edinburgh’s venture fund Old College Capital (

    Entrepreneurs from the UK featured strongly in the Shell LiveWIRE International’s Top Ten Innovators competition, representing one third of the shortlist. Josh Burton, co-founder of London-based start-up Metronome Energy, received the top award in the Energy Solutions category following an intense pitch competition in Kuching, Malaysia. Metronome Energy, which has developed low-cost technology to balance demands on the national energy grid during peak times, received a cash-prize of twenty-thousand-dollars and an award package, including mentoring support by a Shell expert. Flawsome! Drinks, a UK based start-up that makes sustainable fruit juices from misshapen fruit, was named as a runner-up in the Retail Supply Chain category, receiving a ten-thousand-dollar cash prize.

    2018 has also been a good year for Shell LiveWIRE alumni. Both WASE and Chip[s] Board were featured in EDIE’s article on the best green-tech innovations, and Chip[s] Board co-founder and CEO Rowan Minkley was also named as the Royal Academy of Engineering’s most promising engineering entrepreneur, receiving a fifteen-thousand-pound prize as a result. Finally, Lorenzo Conti of Crover, a start-up tackling the world’s future food challenges with its ground-breaking remote probing device, capped off a successful year by winning October’s Smarter Future award, his 10th award in 12 months.

    You can find out more information about Shell LiveWIRE alumni here: