On 23rd March Tom pitched the concept of Breathaboard and Adaptavate’s work to a panel of judges as part of the Shell LiveWIRE award and was chosen as the Entrepreneur of the Year 2015.
Shell LiveWIRE supports entrepreneurs aged 16-30 with innovative business ideas that pave way for a more sustainable future. Adaptavate secured a cash prize to develop Breathaboard, in addition to mentorship, coaching and online business support.
The company has been chosen by an independent panel of judges, comprising of some of the leading experts in the sustainability and enterprise sectors, including:
- Jane Pritchard, Enterprise Director, Business in the Community;
- Prof Erkko Autio, Chair in Technology Venturing and Entrepreneurship, Imperial College London Business School;
- Daniel Murray, 2014 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year, Founder of Grabble; and
- Alex Sleigh, Investment Director, London Business Angels.
The event brought together the national finalists from both Shell LiveWIRE and Shell Springboard programmes.
Shell UK Chairman, Erik Bonino, commented:
“Many congratulations to our Shell LiveWIRE and Shell Springboard winners! The Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year winner, Tom Robinson of Adaptavate, and Shell Springboard National Winner, C-Capture, are inspiring examples of how combining bright ideas with an entrepreneurial approach can help us meet the UK’s low carbon challenge, without compromising our economic prosperity.
It was a great event at the Royal Academy of Engineering where we could show off our most recent prototypes and ideas for the future of bio-based materials to a diverse delegation along with some other really progressive, low-carbon start-ups.
Winning the Shell LiveWire award is a great endorsement of the work that we are doing at Adaptavate and recognises the innovative approach we are taking to building materials. This support will be used to catalyse the production development of Breathaboard so that we can start to fulfil the pre-orders that continue to come in!
Tom also said:
“It is great for Adaptavate and myself to get this award and there is no doubt this is really going to help with the next steps we are taking to develop Breathaboard. Its crazy to think that 2 years ago I was working as a builder and now the product I have developed is coming to life! It is great to know that others are recognising the significant environmental and health implications of it as well. ”
For more information on the award and how to apply, visit: http://www.shell-livewire.org/