Shell LiveWIRE has shortlisted two Nigerian entrepreneurs; FarmToJuice and Foods Nigeria Limited and Basiled Energy Ventures among 21 finalists for the 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.
While FarmToJuice and Foods Nigeria Limited produces juices, processes any waste into livestock feed and uses a biogas digester to provide energy, Basiled Energy Ventures is a business that provides solar lamps, solar installation maintenance and repair, and solar battery recycling services.
A statement quoted the Managing Director of The Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC) who doubles as the Country Chairman of Shell Companies in Nigeria, Osagie Okunbor as saying: “the two Nigerians have come up with creative ideas on energy efficiency, food and agriculture and join19 entrepreneurs from other countries to vie for the prestigious prize.”
The statement said that a public vote of the shortlisted businesses will take place between tomorrow, September 9 and 18, on the Shell LiveWIRE website, with the results helping to determine the winners.
The statement also quoted SPDC’s General Manager, External Relations, Igo Weli as saying: “we are happy that young Nigerians keep deploying the skills and funding assistance in our LiveWIRE training schemes. Last year, two Nigerian companies were among the Top Ten Innovators from among 21 entries in a contest which attracted over 11,000 voters from 102 countries. We hope to come out successful again this year.”
It said that LiveWIRE is Shell’s flagship youth enterprise development programme that provides training and finance to young people to start or expand their own businesses.
Launched in Nigeria in 2003, the programme enables young entrepreneurs to convert their bright ideas into sustainable businesses creating wider employment and income generation opportunities. “LiveWIRE ambassadors have benefitted from this support to make their mark and we call on Nigerians to encourage them by voting for their ideas,” Weli added.
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.