Shell UK is delighted to announce our new programme for energy start-ups – Shell StartUp Engine UK – in partnership with Unreasonable Group (Unreasonable). The initiative sits within Shell UK’s portfolio of programmes contributing to society and the communities where we operate. It complements Shell’s wider efforts on building an entrepreneurial ecosystem locally and globally.

The programme focuses on scale and growth-stage start-ups that are best placed to accelerate a fair and just energy transition, improve access to energy and help consumers make smarter energy choices. CEOs of these start-ups will benefit from high-profile mentorship, access to potential investors and partners and being part of the Shell and Unreasonable start-up communities. It’s exactly these start-ups that can and will play a critical role in enabling clean and resilient growth in the future.

The programme is built on Unreasonable's strengths, experience and expertise in curating ecosystems of support for entrepreneurs solving some of the world's most intractable social and environmental challenges. They do this by forging partnerships with multinationals and large foundations to host highly immersive programmes that catalyse and scale entrepreneurial solutions globally.

The programme will be delivered over 12 months to give Shell and Unreasonable an opportunity to test new ways of supporting entrepreneurs in the energy space building on Shell’s significant legacy in this area. The programme will initially focus on up to 30 start-ups operating in or entering the UK energy market.

Our legacy of supporting entrepreneurs

The new UK programme is part of our larger global energy accelerator Shell StartUp Engine. In the UK, it replaces Shell LiveWIRE and Shell Springboard programmes which ran for 38 and 15 years respectively and helped hundreds of entrepreneurs to set up sustainable, innovative and ultimately scalable businesses. Some of our recent alumni include Farm-Hand, LettUs Grow, Aceleron Energy, Brill Power, MiAlgae and Seawater Greenhouse. Our new programme builds on that experience and is designed to meet the needs of entrepreneurs helping to accelerate the UK energy transition and is in line with Shell’s own ambitions to deliver more and cleaner energy. 

Our wider innovation ecosystem

Besides programmes such as Shell StartUp Engine UK, Shell has a history of fostering open innovation and technology development through vehicles like Shell Research Connect (fundamental research), Shell GameChanger (early stage technology development), Shell Ventures (corporate venture capital group) and Shell TechWorks (innovation centre). Read more about Shell’s open innovation landscape here.

Participants will be selected through scouting and open applications, with participating in the programme beginning in autumn 2020. Please check this website regularly for more information about the programme offering and application process. Information on the global Shell StartUp Engine programme is available on our global website.

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Our programme offering

Our programme provides access to high-quality mentors, potential investors and business partners and a supportive start-up community.

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We’re looking for start-ups that are best placed to accelerate the UK energy transition.

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