Twenty-one entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators Awards, a global competition that highlights and rewards businesses that demonstrate excellence in innovation and gives entrepreneurs a chance to shine on a global platform. In total, 136 applications were received from 15 countries.

This year, Shell LiveWIRE has partnered with Shell Global Commercial to deliver a competition focused on Creating a More Liveable World. As part of Shell’s commitment to respond to changing global needs, this year’s Top Ten Innovators competition also includes a focus on supporting entrepreneurs throughout the Covid-19 pandemic.

The next step in the competition is the public vote, which will help determine the ten winners. Public voting is open from 7 September – 16 September, and anyone around the world can visit the LiveWIRE website to vote for their favourite business. The ranking of the Top Ten, determined by an expert panel of judges, will be announced in November during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020.

Winners and two runners-up will be named in the categories of Energy Transition, Environment & Circular Economy, and Local Prosperity, with the winners receiving $20,000 USD and runners-up receiving $10,000 USD. In addition, one Outstanding Achievement Award of $10,000 USD will be presented to an enterprise that has significantly contributed to combatting the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, within any of the above themes. All Top Ten Innovators will win direct mentoring from Shell staff and the opportunity to integrate within and benefit from vast linkages within Shell’s global network.

Top Ten Innovators 2020 Shortlist

Energy Transition

Business Country Business Summary
BIONIKA Indonesia Bionika's integrated biogas technology helps rural communities access affordable clean energy by transforming waste into electricity.
Deyang Xinsenyuan Technology Co. China Deyang Xinsenyuan Technology Co. produces biomass pellets from agricultural waste products, to replace coal and oil.
ENENT Pakistan ENENT is a clean-tech electronics start-up focused on designing innovative products that can reduce electricity bills and power loss by up to 20%.
EnGuia Brazil EnGuia is a platform to help households and small businesses manage their energy consumption.
GPS - Green Power Solutions Co. Egypt Green Power Solutions (GPS) provisions on-grid, off-grid, and hybrid electricity generation systems to support sustainable communities.
ibdav Resources Nigeria ibdav Resources produces and distributes biofuel and clean cooking stoves as clean energy solutions for households.
PT Inovasi Dinamika Pratama Indonesia PT Inovasi designs Integrated Power Units (IPUs) for the storage and use of electricity in rural communities without power.

Environment & Circular Economy

Country Business Summary
Aqua Agro Pakistan Aqua Agro uses Artificial Intelligence and innovative technology to enhance productivity and water savings for farmers.
D8 Denim
D8 Denim helps the planet "one garment at a time” by rescuing discarded jeans and transforming them into new fabric for clothing and upholstery.
Egypt Electrobekia is taking electronic waste management to the next level with an easy-to-use mobile app and website that facilitate e-waste collection and recycling.
Enchanting Naturals Nigeria Enchanting naturals creates all-natural, effective cosmetics from recycled food waste specifically for people of colour.
Qutra Oman Qutra's irrigation device irrigates plants in line with soil moisture levels, to reduce excess water consumption by up to 85%.
Refillme Kazakhstan
refillme refills empty bottles with household liquids to decrease plastic waste in Kazakhstan.
Soular Trinidad & Tobago
Soular uses sunlight to transform highly perishable agricultural produce into nutritious shelf-stable snacks. 

Local Prosperity

Business Country
Business Summary
EDVON Pakistan EDVON develops STEAM curricula and DIY robotics kits for K-12 students. Their Corona-fighting robot improves sanitation and compliance in healthcare settings.
Jiuzhaigou Dabu Culture Communication Co. China Jiuzhaigou Dabu Culture Communication Co. trains local women in the production of traditional Tibetan handicrafts, building livelihoods and increasing incomes.
Kunde Social Café Kazakhstan Kunde Cafe provides training and employment for adults with mental disabilities at their restaurant in Kazakhstan.
Safe Drinking Water for All - SDW Brazil SDW's breakthrough technologies save lives by democratising access to clean water and sanitation.
SIBBAP Multipurpose Cooperative Philippines SIBBAP Multipurpose Cooperative provides skills training to locals on the production of frontline medical garments.
Syarikat Timogah Malaysia TIMOGAH is a digital marketplace that helps small rural farmers sell their produce within local markets, contributing to a sustainable and local food supply chain. 
The Collective Art Events Brunei The Collective uses creative campaigns to create synergies among Brunei's NGOs and bring awareness to social causes.