What is this year’s theme?

This year the overarching theme is “Circular Economy.” 

Circular Economy represents a world where nothing is ever wasted, because everything is designed to last longer, be reused, repurposed or recycled.

What can you win?

Top Ten Innovators awards prizes across three categories. Each category will have one winner and two runners up. The winners will receive US $20,000 and runners-up will receive US $10,000.

In addition, we will have an outstanding achievement award, and that winner will receive US $10,000. The outstanding achievement award will be selected from the 21 shortlisted candidates.

So, there are ten prizes in total!

All ten finalists will receive: mentoring support by a Shell expert, the opportunity to benefit from market linkages via Shell’s global network, global exposure and the possibility to be considered as a vendor to Shell or Shell’s customers.

What are the categories?

  • Unrecognizable female farmer holding crate full of freshly harvested vegetables in her garden. Homegrown bio produce concept. Sustainable living.

    Food & Agriculture

    Enterprises that are providing disruptive circular solutions in food waste reduction and/or sustainable agriculture. This may involve: circular design, production, distribution, remanufacture, (re)use, residual waste collection and recycling of food and agricultural products.

  • Grass shaped car on a lawn with sunny blue sky with clouds

    Energy & Mobility

    Enterprises that are providing innovative circular solutions to enhance energy efficiency in various applications and/or promote circular practices within the mobility supply chain. This many involve circular design, production, distribution, use, residual waste collection and cycle of energy and/or mobility products and services.

  • green energy concept energy sources sustainable Ecology Elements

    Sustainable Future

    Enterprises that help reduce waste and deliver positive social and/or environmental change. This may involve circular design, production, distribution, use, repair, reuse, residual waste collection and recycling of products, services, and waste not in the previous two categories.

What is the process?

Submit your application

To apply, make sure to submit an application below anytime between 1 May and 10 July.

Please take a look at our application guidelines and frequently asked questions to give your application the best chance at success!

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