FAQs

Below is a list of frequently asked questions and the answers to them.

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What is Shell LiveWIRE?
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Shell LiveWIRE is the flagship enterprise development programme of Shell, with the vison to strengthen local economies by promoting entrepreneurship, innovation and meaningful employment.

You can find out more at www.shell.com/enterprise or www.shell-livewire.com

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Where can I find out more about Shell LiveWIRE? How can I apply? What support does LiveWIRE provide?
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You can learn more about the programme and how to apply at www.shell.com/enterprise or www.shell-livewire.com

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Does Shell LiveWIRE run in my country?
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Shell LiveWIRE runs in 15 countries where we have operations. Learn more at www.shell.com/enterprise or www.shell-livewire.com

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What other social investment (or community) programmes does Shell have? How else does Shell work with/ support communities?
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What are the success stories from entrepreneurs supported by Shell LiveWIRE?
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You can find some of the success stories on https://35years.shell-livewire.com

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I have specific questions about Shell LiveWIRE program, who can I contact?
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You can fill in the contact form on: https://www.shell-livewire.com/home/contact/ The Shell LiveWIRE international team will answer your questions. 

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What is Top Ten Innovators?
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  • Top Ten Innovators is a worldwide competition open to the alumni of Shell LiveWIRE.
  • Objectives are twofold: Top Ten Innovators highlights and recognizes innovative entrepreneurs. We believe innovators deserve a world stage. Secondly, we aim to create role models for other young entrepreneurs, and demonstrate that introducing innovation supports growth and job creation.
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How can I vote?
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You can vote by using your email address or social media account.

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I was a Shell LiveWIRE alumnus/alumna, why didn’t I know this?
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Shell LiveWIRE Country Programme Managers nominate the most innovative LiveWIRE businesses from their country that fit the eligibility criteria of Top Ten Innovators.

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What are the requirements for my Video?
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The video must be no longer than 90 seconds (we cannot accept longer videos, and anything over 90 seconds will be cut), and it should be filmed in landscape.

Videos in languages other than English are acceptable but please include English subtitles, so that we can meet accessibility guidelines.

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Is the public vote the only factor that determines who the Top Ten Innovators are?
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No, it is not the only factor. The public vote results help, together with other factors to determine who the Top Ten Innovators are.  

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How much are the Awards?
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There are ten Awards: 

  • one Winner – US $15,000
  • three Runners-Up – US $10,000
  • six Merit Awards – US $5,000
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Who are you judges?
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The judging panel will be announced and publicised on http://topteninnovators.shell-livewire.com/ mid-September.

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When I can know who the winners are?
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Winners of Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators will be announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week (13-17 November 2017). 

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Who decides who can apply?
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Shell LiveWIRE Country Programme Managers invite the best and most innovative LiveWIRE businesses from their country that fit the eligibility criteria of Top Ten Innovators, to make an application.

If your business has been invited to apply it means that you have been personally selected by a Programme Manager who believes that your business is worthy, and can benefit from this initiative.

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What does Innovation mean?
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Innovation is all about change – the act of making changes in your business via the introduction of new products (or improvements to existing ones), services, methods or processes.   These changes will make a significant positive difference, and that difference should be measurable in some way (e.g. an increase in jobs, turnover or customers; savings in time, cost or resource).  Real innovation will lead to sustainability, and growth.

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How many countries have Shell LiveWIRE programmes?
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Shell LiveWIRE is currently active in fifteen countries:  Italy, Netherlands, United Kingdom, Nigeria,  South Africa, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Oman, Egypt, Pakistan, Malaysia, Indonesia, Brunei, Brazil, Argentina and Trinidad & Tobago.

 

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Why is Shell supporting Top Ten Innovators?
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Innovation is a recognised tool to increase the sustainability, survivability and success of any business; the Shell LiveWIRE ‘Top Ten Innovators’ initiative will highlight and reward LiveWIRE businesses that demonstrate excellence in innovation.

Enterprise development is one of Shell’s global Social Investment themes, which is why LiveWIRE programmes work hard to help young entrepreneurs turn bright ideas into a long-term source of income.  The Shell LiveWIRE programme was established 35 years ago, and Shell is proud to have supported innovative young entrepreneurs, like the ones highlighted on this website, for so long.

 

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What are the Eligibility Criteria for Top Ten Innovators?
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Applicants must be a past Shell LiveWIRE business, have been trading at least 12 months but not more than five years, and have growth potential.

 

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Why does my application need to be in English?
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English is the official language of the Shell LiveWIRE programme, as well as the language used most frequently for global business.

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How can I increase my chances of receiving an award?
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Applicants that reach the public vote are encouraged to share the news via social media using the Top Ten Innovators public vote page link, to promote the fact that they have been invited to apply for a Top Ten Innovators Award, and encourage their supporters to vote for them. 

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If my application is successful, can I publicise information about my success?
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Your Shell LiveWIRE Programme Manager will liaise with you to agree a PR statement relating to your successful application in order to publicise details of your success and the support provided to you from Shell LiveWIRE.  Please do not issue any communications on your Top Ten Innovators application until you have agreed the messaging and timings with your LiveWIRE Programme Manager.

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Who will judge my application?
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An international panel will judge the highest ranked applications from the assessment and public vote; judges are interested in the business’ achievements, and demonstration of implementing innovation. The judging panel will be announced and publicised on the Top Ten Innovators website.

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What sort of Innovation are the Judges looking for?
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Innovation is all about change – the act of making changes in your business via the introduction of new products (or improvements to existing ones), services, methods or processes. These changes will make a significant positive difference, and that difference should be measurable in some way (e.g. an increase in jobs, turnover or customers; savings in time, cost or resource). Real innovation will lead to sustainability, and growth. The judges will be interested in the innovations that applicants have introduced, and the achievements the innovations have enabled.

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What happens if my application is successful and I win a Top Ten Innovators Award?
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Following your receipt of the Award, you will be contacted by Shell LiveWIRE International who will keep in touch with you to monitor your progress and success for a period of 24 months. It is a condition of the Top Ten Innovators grant to provide Shell LiveWIRE International with the information they ask for to demonstrate the impact that the funding has made to your business.

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