Karachi: 3 entrepreneurs from Pakistan have been shortlisted among 21 finalists for the 2020 Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators Awards, a global competition that highlights and rewards businesses that demonstrate excellence in innovation. In total, 136 applications were received from 15 countries.
This year, the Shell LiveWIRE competition is focused on Creating a More Liveable World. As part of Shell’s commitment to respond to changing global needs, this year’s Top Ten Innovators competition will also include a focus on supporting entrepreneurs throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. To this end, transformational solutions that address the direct and indirect impacts of the pandemic will be highly valued.
Winners and two runners-up will be named in the three categories of Energy Transition, Environment & Circular Economy, and Local Prosperity, with the winners receiving $20,000 USD and runners up receiving $10,000 USD. In addition, one Outstanding Achievement Award of $10,000 USD will be presented to an enterprise that has significantly contributed to combatting the socio-economic impacts of COVID-19, within any of the above themes. All Top Ten Innovators will win direct mentoring from Shell staff and the opportunity to integrate within and benefit from vast linkages within Shell’s global network.
Public voting is open from 7 September – 16 September and will help determine the ten winners. Please go to [https://www.livewire.shell/topteninnovators] to vote for your favourite business. The ranking of the Top Ten, determined by an expert panel of judges, will be announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week 2020.
Haroon Rashid, Chief Executive and Managing Director of Shell Pakistan said, “We’re thrilled to see Aqua Agro, Edvon and ENENT from Pakistan compete for the Top Ten Innovators. This is a great opportunity to not only highlight these entrepreneurs but also a chance to showcase the talent and innovation we see every day across Pakistan. We encourage everyone to vote for the business that inspires you from the 3.”