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Top Ten Innovators

The online public vote is now open as the countdown begins to find Shell LiveWIRE’s Top Ten Innovators; the global competition to showcase the ten most innovative businesses supported by Shell LiveWIRE programmes around the world over the past five years. 22 businesses from nine countries are competing in the online vote, which will help to determine the Top Ten, and already over 4,800 votes have been cast since 1st September.

The week-long online vote closes on 8th September and the Top Ten Innovators will be announced during Global Entrepreneurship Week between 13th – 19th November.

With a main award of US $15,000, three runners up receiving US $10,000 each, and six remaining businesses each receiving merit awards of US $5,000, the programme offers entrepreneurs who have implemented innovation to build up successful ventures, with help from the Shell LiveWIRE programme, the opportunity to receive further investment.

Through Top Ten Innovators, Shell LiveWIRE aims to create role models for future entrepreneurs, and demonstrate that introducing innovation supports growth and job creation and leads to long-term sustainability.

Joanna Cochrane, VP Social Performance at Shell said, “Shell LiveWIRE is very important to Shell, because when we help local entrepreneurs to set up businesses, they create long term sources of income for communities, they create jobs and they help to find innovative solutions to social and economic problems.”

Encompassing a truly diverse range of industries, the 22 businesses illustrate the many different ways in which innovation can be incorporated into a business model, ranging from using technology to deliver healthcare to marginalised communities to developing sustainable urban composting solutions.

Sustainability is a key theme, with many applicants seeking funds to refine processes that are already making the difference to the environment or promoting development in the energy, food and waste sectors. Medical, education, and design-led businesses also feature prominently.

Vote now!

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The inaugural Global Winner of the Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators award, Esther Wang is in no doubt about the significant impact the award has had on the development of her business, Joytingle, and the success of her patient education resources.

International boost

Esther says, “The Shell LiveWIRE Global Top Ten Innovators Award strengthened Joytingle’s brand, which enabled Rabbit Ray to support more children worldwide.

“With the award, we were able to open more doors with institutions who otherwise adopt a ‘wait and see’ approach.”

Joytingle’s flagship product is ‘Rabbit Ray’, an interactive rabbit toy which is used by health professionals to explain and familiarise young children with medical procedures they will be undergoing, thereby reducing their anxiety and improving their understanding.

Since winning the award in 2015, Joytingle has moved into international healthcare markets and has added 13 new hospitals as clients, including Johns Hopkins Children’s Center (US), Great Ormond Street Hospital (UK), Evelina London Children’s Hospital (UK), and The Children’s Hospital at Westmead (Australia).

Esther adds, “As an Asian company introducing our products overseas, having such a prestigious international award behind us is a fantastic endorsement and tells hospitals worldwide that our product is worth checking out.”

Ministerial praise

Winning the award attracted the attention of several influential stakeholders, including Singapore’s Finance Minister who mentioned Joytingle in Singapore’s Parliament, highlighting it as an example of ‘innovation by design’. Subsequently, Esther was interviewed by Singapore’s national tv news channel and beamed into households throughout the nation.

The Top Ten Innovator prize money enabled Esther to strengthen her business through investing in intellectual property protection and international safety certification. Esther says, “With Joytingle’s growing list of international clients, the IP protection gives us peace of mind in introducing our products to new audiences.

“It also enabled us to ensure our products meet European safety standards.”

Esther also used part of her prize to exhibit at a US conference attended by a key client group - Child Life Specialists from around the world. This led to a major coup for the business, with Esther being invited to share her work on vaccine education with the New York Health Department.



 

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