The Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Awards is a social investment programme for young entrepreneurs. Each month Shell help to fund businesses who are working on, or want to start working on innovative solutions to, 'meet the energy and resource needs of a growing population'.
If you have an idea for a business venture, or an entirely new business that will make the UK more environmentally friendly, then this fund might be for you. Shell award £5000 every month for businesses investing in sustainable transport, food, energy or natural resources, or companies seeking to improve urban environments in some way.
To qualify your business has to predominantly service the UK market, and you and your business partners have to be residing in the UK. Yourself and your business partners also have to be between the ages of 16 and 30, and your business cannot have been trading for more than 12 months or be more than 12 months away from trading.
To apply you need to fill in an entry form here. If you're then shortlisted, you'll be expected to make a short 'elevator pitch' style video that goes online for the public to vote for (see a previous winner's below). A panel of judges then add their votes, with the business receiving the highest number of points receiving the funding.
The next deadline is 31st May 2016, but the award runs every month . To find out if you're eligible, visit the Shell LiveWIRE funding page.