George Kalligeros Wins Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

We are delighted to share the news that Bath Centre member, George Kalligeros has won the prestigious Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award!

George started out by winning our Alumni Innovation Award in 2016 with his business idea Pushme Bikes and since then he has really shaken up the sustainable technology and advanced engineering industries with his innovative solution to the intensive labour of on-demand delivery.

Winning the Innovation Award was the main reason that I was able to further develop on Pushme after graduating from university. I had a number of job offers which would probably have been the easy option but I was determined to carry on with the business. Getting the award meant that I was able to justify the decision and to take the prototype forward. The support that I received via the masterclasses and mentoring at Bath Innovation Centre were invaluable.
— George Kalligeros, Pushme Bikes

Pushme Bikes are disrupting the on-demand delivery industry with quick electric bike conversion and battery swap stations. Self-employed delivery couriers convert their conventional bicycles to electric in under 5 minutes using Pushme Bike’s innovative device. Low battery alerts are sent directly to users’ smartphones, telling the rider to head to the nearest battery swap station (pushpod), located within local convenience stores, to switch their depleted battery for a fully charged one, a process that takes 10 seconds. Pushme Bike’s two products, a plug & play bicycle converter and a network of accessible pushpods, aim to tempt couriers away from petrol scooters and towards cleaner, equally efficient, transport options.

Congratulations Pushme Bikes!


Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme   

The Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future programme consists of:

• Start-up funding of £5,000 to one monthly winner

• Access to exclusive Shell events and workshops

• The opportunity to be considered for the annual £25,000 Shell LiveWIRE Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Shell launched the Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Programme to support young, innovative entrepreneurs like you to meet the ever-increasing energy and resource needs of a fast-growing population.

The award is open to any entrepreneur aged 16-30 who has been trading for less than a year, or is looking to start trading in the next 12 months, and has an idea that addresses the UK's future transport, energy, or natural resource challenges, or makes our urban environments cleaner and more sustainable places to work and live in.

There is one £5,000 Shell LiveWIRE Smarter Future Award to give away each month to new businesses in the UK (in their first 12 months of trading).

The £5,000 award funding is intended to help you take your business idea to the next level. 

Find out more information and make an application at the Shell liveWIRE website. .