Low Carbon Entrepreneur competition
Elena Dieckmann and Ryan Robinson from Aeropowder 2016 Low Carbon Entrepreneur winners from Imperial College London

Previous winners and finalists

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Elena Dieckman and Ryan Robinson from Imperial College London are the 2016 Low Carbon Entrepreneur winners. Their idea, Aeropowder, is a composite made from feather waste. It uses the unique properties of feathers to create insulating materials for housing.

For a full list of the ten finalists and their ideas see Summaries of 2016 finalist ideas.


Solveiga's Bump Mark is a new expiry label which goes bad exactly when the food inside the package does. Just run your finger across the label, if it is smooth you are good to go, if it is bumpy then be cautious. This new labelling aims to reduce food waste by telling us more about the state of our packaged food.

Caroline and Vivien are also helping to reduce waste with their online clothes swapping website Clotho London. Students drop off their unwanted clothes at 4 university locations and gain credit to spend on the website. The clothes are then sorted and highest quality items are listed for sale letting people refresh their wardrobes as often as they like but keeping waste low.

For a full list of the ten finalists and their ideas see Summaries of 2015 finalist ideas.

You can also watch highlights of the 2015 judging and awards in a video and see more pictures.


James Winfield and Dominic Jacobson from Imperial College London won the 2014 Low Carbon Entrepreneur at a special award ceremony hosted by prize sponsors Siemens at The Crystal in June 2014. They received £15,000 and practical support to set up their Crowd Power Plant, an alternative way of buying and funding renewable energy. They were presented with their prize by former Mayor of London, Boris Johnson, after a 'Dragon's Den' style pitch to the high profile judging panel including Deborah Meaden, Zac Goldsmith MP, and co-founder of Innocent Smoothies Richard Reed in the Chamber at City Hall at the end of May 2014.

Kirsty Kenney and Harold Craston from LSE won £5,000. Their idea is to repurpose disused red telephone boxes into free-to-use solar powered mobile phone charging stations. The first solarbox was launched in October 2014 on Tottenham Court Road. Read more in their blog.

For a full list of the ten finalists and their ideas see Summaries of 2014 finalist ideas

You can also watch highlights of the award ceremony in a video and see more pictures.


There were around 100 entries in 2013, ranging from recyclable bike helmets made from waste-paper, to motion sensors to help save energy in the home. From the initial entries, 10 finalists were chosen to present their ideas 'Dragon's Den' style to the judging panel which included Deborah Meaden, international fashion designer Dame Vivienne Westwood, and Zac Goldsmith MP.

The 2013 winners were William Hines and Rachel Clemo, both students at UCL. Their idea aimed to offer companies in London a cheaper and more environmentally friendly alternative to paper receipts. Called ‘Reseed’ it removes the need for paper receipts and allows users to access their receipts online via smartphones.


The development fund in 2012 was split between three entries that all used the money to further develop their ideas.

The winners were:

Arthur Kay from UCL's Bartlett School of Architecture, who used his fund to start developing a process to turn coffee grounds from the capital's coffee shops into a fuel. He recently won £400,000 in the Postcode Lottery Green Challenge. More details on his progress are available through bio-bean's website which includes a brochure summaryvideo and contact details.

Jonathan Pye-Finch, Ann Kathrin Schoettle, Andre Vigil, Martin Cobley and David Singer from Kingston University for their 'green key' idea to give new residents an electronic key with information on local sustainable services. This information could include details like where, how and when local recycling services operate, along with tips on energy efficient appliances and how to support the local economy.

Salahud Din, Dr Arnaldo Galbiati, Jamal Zia and Niall Haughian from Imperial College have reduced the carbon footprint of the manufacturing of solar PV cells by creating a thin film solar photovoltaic cell.