Twenty-one entrepreneurs have been shortlisted for the Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators Awards, a global competition which highlights and rewards businesses that demonstrate excellence in innovation as well as giving entrepreneurs a chance to shine on a global platform. In total, 98 applications were received from 19 countries.
This year, Shell LiveWIRE has partnered with Global Commercial, which serves one million business customers in 150 markets, to deliver a competition focused on the circular economy. Shell is looking to reward entrepreneurs that help move the world away from the linear economy model – taking, using, and disposing of products – and towards an economy that designs waste out of the system.
“We’re inspired to see these 21 finalists from around the world whose businesses work towards providing circular solutions that help to achieve zero waste,” said Huibert Vigeveno, Executive Vice President of Shell Global Commercial. “Transitioning to a circular economy can help protect the environment and deliver positive change to society. Working with innovators like these esteemed finalists, will allow businesses, communities and society to move faster towards achieving these goals.”
The next step in competition is the public vote, which will help determine the ten winners. Public voting is open from 9 September – 18 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 during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2019.
Winners and two runners up will be named in the categories of Food & Agriculture, Energy & Mobility, and Sustainable Future, with the winners receiving $20,000 USD and runners up receiving $10,000 USD. In addition, Shell LiveWIRE will name an Outstanding Achievement Award winner who will receive $10,000 USD. All Top Ten Innovators will win direct mentoring from Shell staff and the opportunity to integrate and benefit from vast linkages within Shell’s global network.