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 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011

Each year Shell helps thousands of young people to start-up their businesses, develop their skills, and boost their contacts through Shell LiveWIRE.

Shell LiveWIRE has been running in the UK since 1982, when it was launched in the Strathclyde region of Scotland to combat the high level of youth unemployment.

Since then it has helped thousands of young people in the UK to explore starting their own business and has spread to over 20 countries around the world.

Shell LiveWIRE offers an independent and free online service and awards programme for young entrepreneurs.

Shell LiveWIRE Website


Social network designed specifically for young entrepreneurs.

  • Forum for debate and peer-to-peer advice.
  • Business library, a vast resource of user-related information
  • Video forum where experts will answer questions submitted by the users. 
  • Video interviews with inspirational entrepreneurs and role models.
  • Online surveys to allow users to vote on hot topics.

The Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award

The Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award of £10,000 recognises and celebrates the achievements of the UK's finest young entrepreneurs.

Michael Korn, a 30 year old entrepreneur from East Finchley won the coveted title of Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011 and £10,000 for his invention, KwickScreen, which is already being used in the NHS to bring an end to the misery of mixed sex wards.

On winning the award Michael said: “It’s a great honour to win the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year title.  I started my company when I realised there was a need to ensure that dignity and privacy of people in hospital needed to be better protected. From that simple insight I have been driven to build my business over the last 4 years in the UK.  I will use the £10,000 that I have won to target the international healthcare markets.

The Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award is now closed for entries.

Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards

There are up to to 4 x £1,000 Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas Awards given every month to the most innovative or unusual ideas submitted by young entrepreneurs in their first 12 months of trading. Previous winners are listed in the video lounge of the Shell LiveWIRE site.

To enter the Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Awards or the Shell LiveWIRE Grand Ideas awards you must be a registered user of the Shell LiveWIRE network, based in the UK and aged 16-30.

Visit www.shell-livewire.org to find out more...

Quotes from Grand Ideas Award winners:

We've had great press coverage - 4 articles in local papers and an article in the Architect's Journal.  This has made us much better known locally and we have secured a great contract as a result of our articles.  Everybody knows what we're doing now which has generated huge interest in our way of thinking and working as a company

Ben Scrimgeour, Design Workshop

It's really been about the confidence it's given me, and when talking to other organisations being able to say that we've already won this award.

Tasty Development

Winning the award truly kick-started my business. In all, since winning this award I have raised and won over £30k in funding from organisations such as NESTA and Scottish Enterprise and I have no doubt that the Shell Livewire Award helped in securing this for me. 

Daniel Sutherland Designs

It gave me confidence and helped me make the big leap from a person with an idea to a person with a real business and a product.

Olga Olssen