National winner of Shell Springboard and Shell LiveWIRE Entrepreneur of the Year

SHELL LIVEWIRE (1982-2019)

The first Shell LiveWIRE programme started in 1982 to help combat high levels of youth unemployment in Scotland. From those small beginnings, it has grown to become Shell’s flagship enterprise development programme across 13 countries.

In 2015, we launched the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future programme, offering a start-up grants to one company each month, as well as mentoring and online business support to 16-30 year-old entrepreneurs with innovative businesses that address sustainable living challenges. Each year, monthly winners of the programme could take part in the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year award and win additional £25,000 in equity-free funding.

Over the 38 years of Shell LiveWIRE in the UK, Shell LiveWIRE has helped hundreds of young entrepreneurs to set up sustainable, innovative and ultimately scalable businesses.


Shell Springboard awarded £350,000 no-strings funding each year to support cutting-edge low-carbon UK SMEs. Alongside the funding, the programme also helped wining SMEs open doors and attract investor interest by generating positive publicity and providing a respected ‘quality assurance’ stamp.

By helping businesses in the low-carbon sector, both the UK and Shell stand to benefit from stronger economic growth and a deeper pool of innovators able to develop solutions for a lower-carbon world. Since 2005, Shell Springboard has provided over £4 million to more than 100 innovative low-carbon enterprises. In 2019, more than eight in every ten (84%) Shell supported companies were still in operation within five years, compared to the national average of approximately 45%.

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