An entrepreneur as well as startup Greenovation from Islamabad Saad Bin Azam bought name of the Pakistan in the list of the 2019 Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators Awards.
Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators Awards is a global competition which highlights and rewards businesses that demonstrate excellence in innovation as well as giving entrepreneurs a chance to shine on a global platform.
This year, Shell LiveWIRE has partnered with Shell Global Commercial, which supplies lubricants, aviation fuels, bitumen, sulphur and related services to one million business customers in 150 markets, to deliver a competition focused on the circular economy. Shell aims to reward entrepreneurs that help move the world away from the linear economy model taking, using, and disposing of products towards an economy that designs waste out of the system.
Executive Vice President of Shell Global Commercial Huibert Vigeveno said “It’s been incredibly inspiring to see such passionate entrepreneurs across the world helping to tackle and eliminate waste”.
He further said “Transitioning to a circular economy requires us to think creatively and do things differently. Working with innovators like these winners, will allow businesses, communities and society to move faster towards a truly sustainable future.”
Country External Relations Manager Habib Haider said, “We’re thrilled to see Greenovation, a start-up that transforms plastic waste into liquified petroleum gas, from our country take home the Top Ten Innovators prize. This is a great opportunity not only to highlight Greenovation but also showcases the talent and innovation we see every day across Pakistan.”
The winner of each category will receive a top prize of $20,000 and the two runners-up from each category will receive a prize of $10,000. In addition, the judges chose an Outstanding Achievement Award winner who will receive $10,000.
The award package for all ten also includes mentoring support by a Shell expert, an opportunity to benefit from market linkages and a possibility to be considered as a vendor to Shell or Shell’s customers.
The winners faced stiff competition with Shell receiving 98 applications from 19 countries around the world. Twenty-one finalists then had to compete in a public vote, which drew in more than 18 thousands votes from 144 countries.