Since 2001, the biennial Shell LiveWIRE Awards has recognised some 40 promising young entrepreneurs. Jointly organised by Shell Companies in Singapore and ITE, in partnership with ITE Alumni Association and Singapore Press Holdings (Chinese Newspapers Division), the Award celebrates entrepreneurial spirit by grooming, recognising and rewarding young, innovative and promising start-ups.

In its 8th edition this year, the Shell LiveWIRE Awards 2013 was launched in May 2013 and attracted some 30 entries. The ideas generated by finalists of the Shell LiveWIRE Awards 2013 reflect the dynamic trends and vibrant entrepreneurial environment in Singapore. From music and tech start-ups, to gamification, healthcare for children, healthy vegetarian fast food, and aerial photography, videography and mapping services, the ideas put forward reflect the creativity of our young entrepreneurs.

Also launched in May 2013 was the 2nd edition of the Shell LiveSPARK Awards, an award under the Shell LiveWIRE programme, which rewards and recognises students, in secondary and post-secondary education institutions, who have demonstrated passion and aptitude in entrepreneurship. The Shell LiveSPARK Awards 2013 attracted some 50 entries.

In conjunction with the Shell LiveWIRE and LiveSPARK Awards, workshops were organised for young entrepreneurs to pick up useful tips for managing their businesses and gain deeper understanding on how to advance their entrepreneurial endeavours from experts and past winners of the Shell LiveWIRE and LiveSPARK Awards. These have culminated in intense interest and competition amongst the Shell LiveWIRE and LiveSPARK finalists for better ideas in invigorating their businesses.

Said Mr Bruce Poh, Director & CEO, ITE, “ITE is honoured to continue to collaborate with Shell Companies in Singapore, Singapore Press Holdings and the ITE Alumni Association to celebrate and promote the spirit of entrepreneurship, particularly amongst our youth. In view of the rise in youth entrepreneurship education in the recent years, I am especially glad that the Shell LiveSPARK Awards was introduced in 2011 to recognise the bright entrepreneurial ideas of students.”

“Shell is committed to helping build a sustainable future in the countries we operate in. It’s heartening to see so many young entrepreneurs take up the challenge in the Shell LiveWIRE programme in pursuit of their enterprising business ideas,” said Mavis Kuek, General Manager, External Affairs & Communications, Shell Eastern Petroleum (Pte) Ltd.

“We believe too that by providing a conducive environment to encourage the growth of startups in Singapore we can help promote greater innovation for long term sustainability.”

Invitation to Media

Winners of the Shell LiveWIRE and LiveSPARK Awards 2013 will be announced at the Awards Ceremony on Friday 15 November 2013, 3pm at the Main Lecture Theatre, Administration Block, Level 3 , ITE College East, 10 Simei Avenue, Singapore 486047.

The Guest-of-Honour for the Awards Ceremony is Mr Desmond Lee Ti-Seng, Minister of State, Ministry of National Development.

Members of the media are cordially invited to attend the Awards Ceremony. For confirmation on attendance and arrangement for interview and photography, please contact:

Ms Serene Tan

Corporate & Media Relations Officer, Institute of Technical Education

Tel: 6590 2066

Mobile: 9625 8548


Ms Amanda Koh

Edelman for Shell Singapore

Tel: 6494 1577



About Shell LiveWIRE

Shell LiveWIRE is an international programme for young people seeking to start their own enterprise. It aims to encourage and give young people access to resources and advice on starting a business as a career option, provide a mentoring programme for young entrepreneurs in the early stages of their business start-up and assist young entrepreneurs to develop the necessary skills to manage a new business.

The programme was launched in Singapore in 2000 in partnership with the Institute of Technical Studies (ITE), the ITE Alumni Association, the Chinese Newspaper Division of Singapore Press Holdings (SPH) and Shell Companies in Singapore.