Shell LiveWIRE announce Top Ten Innovators Winner

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Shell LiveWIRE have announced the winners of their latest global enterprise initiative, the Top Ten Innovators Awards. The awards are a celebration of intelligent, disruptive innovation within the businesses of past Shell LiveWIRE participants, highlighting the inventive business solutions introduced by 27 entrepreneurs, spanning 10 countries. Shell LiveWIRE alumni businesses displaying excellence in innovation were invited to pitch to be named one of Shell LiveWIRE’s Top Ten Innovators.

The enterprise grand award of $15,000 was given to Esther Wang’s business Joytingle in Singapore. Esther is the creator of ‘Rabbit Ray’, an interactive toy used to reduce the anxiety and trauma experienced by young children undergoing medical treatments.  The current design focuses on vaccinations or intravenous and chemotherapy procedures. Since the business was started in 2012 the product has been used with over 10,400 children in several hospitals throughout Singapore.

A runner up prize of $10,000 went to Adi Reza and Ronaldiaz Hartantyo, founders of IDEAS Indonesia and inventors the mushroom cultivation kit Growbox, which empowers people in urban areas to grow their own food and educates people about accessible, sustainable food sources.

A second runner up prize went to Pakistan’s Syed Yasir Hassan for his business LapPRO Solution. Syed created LapBOX to improve Pakistan’s access to new, revolutionary surgery techniques, providing a training resource for surgeons to learn and practice the technique at 10% of the cost comparative products are offered.

The other businesses to make the shortlist, winning $5,000 for their business, included UK businesses Amber Energy, an energy management company started by Nick Proctor, and KwickScreen, which sells inventor Michael Korn’s innovative room divider screens. From Pakistan the shortlisted businesses were Shakaib Uzzaman Khan’s SK Motor Syndicate, whcih provide vehicle services founded on technology, and Wajiha Tariq’s Kaghaz Kay Karnamay, a craft papermaking business.

Italy’s innovators were non-for-profit cultural space Caffè Letterario Artemisia, run by Domenico Pizzichillo and RI.INNOVA, retailers of founder Alessandra Angiulli’s progressive wallboard design. Hadi Al Al Sarhani from Oman was also featured with his fumigation business Unique Diamond LLC.

Applicants were judged on the different contributions made by their business innovations, including originality, long term benefits within the company and wider socio-economic impact. The diversity of interpreting the benefits of innovation encouraged a degree of relativity that supported the competitions global nature.  The judging panel brought together leading figures from the business, science and enterprise industries, including Alexander Moen, Vice president of Explorer Programs at National Geographic, Claudia Zuiderwijk, President of The Netherlands Chamber of Commerce, Maytha Al Habsi the Chief Programmes Officer at Emirates Foundation and Incubator Manager Lucimar Dantas, who works with both the Federal University of Rio de Janeir and COPPE.

The enterprise awards also incorporated a public vote. All the businesses showcased in Top Ten Innovators have been trading between 18 and 60 months and were invited to participate by their country porgrammes. You can explore the innovative businesses of the top ten shortlisted on the website, or view the pitches of all 27  entrepreneurs on YouTube.