Two Nigerian Companies Shortlisted for Finals of the Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovations Awards

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Two Nigerian Companies Shortlisted for Finals of Shell LiveWIRE Top ten Innovations Award

Following the success that Nigerian startups recorded at the awards last year, two Nigerian businesses have been shortlisted for the 2018 Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovations Awards holding in Malaysia this year.

This year, Alternate Energy Ltd was shortlisted for the Energy Solutions award. The company provides solar and wind-powered community solutions, including water treatment and off-grid solar farms.

However, the Bayelsa-based De-RabaCon Plastics was named the automatic winner for the first-ever Shell Outstanding Achievement award. De-RabaCon Plastics is being recognized for its eco-friendly solution to plastics recycling.

About the Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovations Awards

The Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovations Awards is a part of the Shell LiveWIRE social investment programme. Shell’s LiveWIRE initiative helps young Nigerians explore the option of starting their own business as a real and viable career option.

The programme is typically targeted at young people between the age of 18 and 35. And it aids them with training, mentorship, and business support necessary to grow their enterprises.

Although the programme is global, in Nigeria, it targets the youths in the Niger Delta Geopolitical region. Over the last two decades, the initiative has trained over 6,000 Niger Delta youths and provided grants to over 3,000 of them.

The Top Ten Innovations Awards is an initiative of the Shell LiveWIRE initiative and the Top Ten Awards builds on the gains recorded by the alumnus of the Shell Initiative.

As a global competition, the awards recognize and reward businesses that demonstrate excellence in innovation. Businesses are recognised for their work in several categories such as energy solutions, retail supply chain, and social enterprises. However, only businesses developed by Shell LiveWIRE alumni can apply for the awards.

Importantly too, winners of each category receive $20,000 in cash prizes while the runner-ups in each category receive $10,000 each. Aside from this, the top ten companies get support and mentoring from Shell itself. They also get access to Shell’s support network to grow their businesses.

This year, from a pool of 21 entries, 10 startups have been shortlisted for the awards. Here’s a full list of the shortlisted companies and their categories.

Energy Solutions

Metronome Energy (UK): Metronome Energy has developed low-cost technology which balances demands on the national energy grid during peak times.

HySiLabs (France): HySiLabs delivers a unique energy transportation solution, not requiring energy to release hydrogen.

Alternate Energy Ltd (Nigeria): Alternate Energy provides solar and wind powered community solutions, including water treatment and off-grid solar farms.

Retail Supply Chain

Wonky Drinks (UK): Get Wonky makes sustainable fruit juices from misshapen fruits, relieving farmers of stock going to waste.

WormingUp (Malaysia): WormingUp is an agricultural consultancy specialising in the farming of insects for effective organic waste management.

Terravixta (Brazil): Terravixta’s Plástico Precioso collects and distributes waste plastics to collectors and artisan cooperatives.

Social Enterprises

Mulheres Do Sul Global (Brazil): Brazil’s Mulheres Do Sul Global economically empower female refugees by supporting their self-employment as seamstresses.

Ai Brique (Malaysia): Ai Brique are consultants in green technological solutions that improve business operations and energy efficiency.

Greenna (Indonesia): Greenna’s waste management solutions create fashionable products from recycled plastics

Outstanding Achievement

De-Rabacon Plastics (Nigeria): De-Rabacon Plastics is a social enterprise that recycles end-consumer plastics into viable commercial products.

The winners of each category will be unveiled during the Global Entrepreneurship Week holding in Malaysia on 13th and 14th November, 2018.


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