2016 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Announced
Last week, at the Shell Enterprise Development Awards, Carlton Cummins of Aceleron scooped £30,000 (US $37,000) in equity-free funding to help develop his technology, which aims to tackle battery waste by transforming end-of-life batteries into energy storage solutions. The Shell LiveWIRE programme, which this year celebrates it 35th Anniversary, is Shell’s flagship social investment programme and its UK programme supports young entrepreneurs with smart and innovative ideas that meet the energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population. PNE Group Chief Executive, Dawn Cranswick, was at the event and here shares her experience an exciting evening celebrating entrepreneurship.
It was a real pleasure to attend the Shell Enterprise Development Awards last week, the annual recognition and awards for the country’s very best low-carbon economy businesses. I’m very pleased I wasn’t a judge – the standard of the entrepreneurs and innovators were truly inspiring. From Aeropowder’s use of waste chicken feathers to develop a home insulation product that is warm, lightweight and waterproof (do you have any idea how many millions of chickens are processed every day?), Desolenator’s solar-powered water purification unit that can purify water from any source, or Fruuurskin’s natural cosmetics derived from fruit by-products which would otherwise go to landfill, every finalist was a great example of innovation. The ultimate winners were Carlton Cummins of Project Acceleron for Shell LiveWIRE UK – a young entrepreneur who has developed a process that quickly identifies used lithium batteries that are suitable for low-cost energy storage – and Upside Energy for Shell Springboard, an amazing business that has developed a platform to orchestrate the energy stored in tens of thousands of devices into a ‘Virtual Energy Store’, selling their solution to energy suppliers, helping to balance supply and demand, and then sharing the revenue from this process with the device owners.
the standard of the entrepreneurs and innovators were truly inspiring
I’m sure you’ll agree that these two winners are outstanding examples, however they were in excellent company – every finalist business was impressive (You can explore the full shortlist of finalists here). As well as the six Shell LiveWIRE UK finalists, and six Shell Springboard finalists, there was a panel session involving three past winners: bio-bean, a business that recycles waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels; Gravity Light, an organisation that has invented an effective replacement for kerosene lamps, the lamp runs on kinetic energy via a weight and pulley system; and, Adaptavate, who produce construction products that outperform conventional products, whilst being good for people and planet.
It was exciting to be in the same room as so many entrepreneurs that are focused on both growing their own innovative businesses, whilst also addressing sustainability of resources. As I say, I’m pleased I wasn’t a judge!
PNE Group works with Shell on the Shell LiveWIRE UK programme, the UK’s biggest online community for young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30) and Shell LiveWIRE International, assisting the development and roll-out of the programme across the world, co-ordinating, aggregating and providing assistance to individual country programmes, to help them support the creation of new businesses and jobs.
Pictured: Carlton Cummins with Sinead Lynch, Shell UK country chair
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