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'LiveWIRE Rising Star’ award

Launch of LiveWIRE Rising Star innovation award in Netherlands

Shell LiveWIRE Netherlands has launched a new quarterly award to recognise and reward the programme’s innovative entrepreneurs.

Launched in conjunction with programme partner, the Chamber of Commerce, the new ‘LiveWIRE Rising Star’ award will reward innovative entrepreneurs who can convince the judging panel and the general public of the added value of their innovative products or services.

Innovative, ambitious entrepreneurs with a company that has not been operating for more than five years, can register to take part via the Shell LiveWIRE Netherlands website. Each quarter, one winner will receive Euro €2,500 (US $2,700) and the inaugural award will be presented at a special event at the Shell Eco-marathon in Rotterdam on 21st May.

Claudia Zuiderwijk, Chair of the Board of Management of the Chamber of Commerce, Shell LiveWIRE Netherland’s delivery partner, commented, “I’m very excited about Rising Star, as this will afford us the opportunity, on four occasions throughout the year, to give innovative entrepreneurs an added boost to help them realise their ambitions. These entrepreneurs are more than ever the bedrock of the Dutch economy.”

Dick Benschop, President Director of Shell Nederland added, “It’s important to showcase promising innovations originating in the Netherlands and the powerhouse of entrepreneurs working in this country. That is why Shell and the Chamber of Commerce are calling for a continued focus on innovation and entrepreneurs and we are giving them a platform and the recognition they deserve.”

LiveWIRE Rising Star provides a platform to showcase innovative entrepreneurs. Once a quarter, a new Rising Star will be selected by a panel of expert judges on the strength of the innovation in delivering added value over existing products and services. The judges will also consider the viability of the business model and the entrepreneurial strengths of the applicant. Five finalists will be shortlisted every quarter and each will submit an online video which will enable the entrepreneur to pitch their innovation to win votes from visitors to the programme’s website. The judging panel contributes 60% of the total score each entrepreneur receives, while the public vote yields 40%. Entrepreneurs have until 29th March to register for the inaugural Rising Star Award.

The significance of entrepreneurial innovation to the Dutch economy is substantial. Young entrepreneurs will continue to grow in the future and contribute to employment opportunities and a stronger national market position. Shell LiveWIRE and the Chamber of Commerce offer support to ambitious innovative entrepreneurs through coaching, access to a strong network, master-classes and online tools to aid growth. More than 600 Dutch entrepreneurs are currently benefitting from the three year LiveWIRE programme.

The Shell LiveWIRE Award is organised each year alongside the LiveWIRE Rising Star events. The annual Shell LiveWIRE Award offers a larger platform to young innovative entrepreneurs. Candidates can already register for this award via the programme website. The Shell LiveWIRE Award is presented each year to a young entrepreneur (below the age of 35) who can convince the judging panel of their innovative ability and entrepreneurial capacity. This award includes a monetary prize of Euro €20,000 (US $21,600).

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