Shell LiveWIRE UK Announce Young Entrepreneur of the Year

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Pictured: Dawn Cranswick of PNE Group with 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Tom Robinson

There were edible bugs, exciting new technologies to try, and young innovators at every turn. This year’s Shell Enterprise Development Awards, which included the coveted accolade Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year, showcased the traditional mix of the talented young minds changing our future.

Tom Robinson took the crown of 2015 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year, winning £25,000 of funding for his business Adaptavate. Adaptavate are the team behind Breathaboard, a carbon-capturing, bio-based industrial material. Made of 75% plant matter it is an innovation that demonstrates how we can push material technologies to fit our changing resources needs.

Tom commented, “Winning the Shell LiveWIRE title is a fantastic endorsement of our business. We are looking forward to getting our high performing bio-composite materials off the ground, and the award gives us the financial support and credibility boost to make these plans a reality.”

Tom had previously won a Shell LiveWIRE UK Smarter Future Award, a £5,000 prize for business ideas that will help meet the needs of our growing population. He was judged alongside 6 finalists, comprised of 2015 Smarter Future Award winners, by a judging panel of Jane Pritchard, Enterprise Director at Business in the CommunityProf Erkko Autio, Chair in Technology Venturing and Entrepreneurship at Imperial College London Business School, Daniel Murray, 2014 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year and Founder of Grabble; and Alex Sleigh, Investment Director at London Business Angels.

Chair of the Shell LiveWIRE final judging panel, Jane Pritchard, said of the initiative, “The Shell LiveWIRE awards continue to inspire and unearth new entrepreneurial talent focussed on providing new solutions to pressing environmental issues. It was an absolute pleasure to chair this year’s judging panel.”

To add extra excitement to proceedings, Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist Solveiga Pakštaitė, the entrepreneur behind Design By Sol, took home the Shell Staff Inspiration Award. The award, which carried a £5,000 prize, gave recognition to Solveiga’s revolutionary Bump Mark innovation, which allows consumers to tell through touching packaging how fresh food products are. Bump Mark offers a way of reducing unnecessary waste and provides the visually impaired with a method of safely managing fresh foods.

The Shell Enterprise Development Awards also marked the announcement of Shell Springboard’s National Winner, C-Capture, whose clean energy tech removes CO2 emissions from gas streams.

Do you have a smart business idea that will provide a solution to the world’s future transport, food, energy, or natural resource challenges, or make our urban environments cleaner and more sustainable places to work and live in? If so you can apply online now for funding through the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme.