Many big ideas start with small businesses. There are approximately five million small and medium (SMEs) sized enterprises in the UK today. Together, they account for over 90 percent of the UK’s low-carbon sector, estimated to be worth £128 billion in annual sales. These companies are vital to the UK economy and their innovative technologies could hold the key to a lower-carbon future.

Shell Springboard aims to find the UK’s next big idea in low-carbon enterprise and to help the business reach its full potential. We provide no-strings attached funding of up to £150,000 to commercially viable, innovative low-carbon businesses selected by an independent panel of judges drawn from the academia, government, business and investor communities.

Since its launch in 2005, Shell Springboard has awarded approximately £3 million to over 80 SMEs at the cutting-edge of the low-carbon economy. Past winners include companies like GravityLight (2015), for their innovative technology that generates light from gravity, and Cella Energy (2011), which developed a hydrogen storage technology and has since attracted funding from NASA.

Learn more about the programme and how to apply at

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