Shell LiveWIRE UK

Shell LiveWIRE UK

PNE Group’s relationship with Royal Dutch Shell is long-standing, having supported with the delivery of their flagship social investment programme, Shell LiveWIRE, since 1986.


About Shell LiveWIRE UK

The Shell LiveWIRE programme supports innovative young entrepreneurs in the UK with bright ideas that meet the energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population. Shell’s flagship social investment Enterprise Development programme, the Shell LiveWIRE programme is an important part of Shell’s commitment to supporting a flourishing culture of UK enterprise and inspiring young people to innovate and provide real solutions to today’s energy and resource challenges.


The programme so far

Since its launch in Scotland in the 1980s, Shell LiveWIRE has provided over £5 million of funding and supported over 880,000 young people in the UK to explore starting their own business.


What we do

As delivery partners for the Shell LiveWIRE UK programme, we:

  • Support with the delivery of the Smarter Future Programme: The Smarter Future Programme awards £5,000 each month to one 16-30 year old entrepreneur with an idea that addresses sustainable living challenges through smart innovation. We review applications and provide support to applicants.
  • Support with the delivery of The Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards: The Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards grant £25,000 every year to a young entrepreneur who is engineering a smarter future for the UK. We assist in the event planning and offer support to Shell LiveWIRE finalists.
  • Build an engaging community of young entrepreneurs: Shell LiveWIRE UK is the largest online entrepreneurial community in the UK, with approximately 230,000 users. We source news, blogs and reviews of interest to young entrepreneurs and share these on the Shell LiveWIRE website and on social media.
  • Provide free online resources: Through the Shell LiveWIRE UK Business Library, we provide free tools, resources and guides on starting and running your own business.
  • Support with international scaling: We support applicants throughout the application process for Top Ten Innovators, the high-profile innovation competition for global Shell LiveWIRE alumni.


Find out more about our programme management services


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