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Sparking innovation

Do you have an idea or technology that could transform the energy industry? We work to efficiently help unlock the energy the world needs. And we recognise that no single company has all the answers. Your idea, product, business model, technology or social innovation could be what we are looking for.

Individuals and companies are innovating in new ways. The widespread use of smart phones, Wi-Fi and social media in many parts of the world has created an increasingly interconnected global society. The effortless transfer of ideas and information encourages new collaborations and speeds up technology developments. In past decades, energy companies focused on in-house research. Now they also open up to outside contributions in order to keep pace.

Shell is embracing the power of open innovation. By connecting with creative minds far beyond the boundaries of our company and industry, we aim to solve complex energy problems more cheaply and quickly. We collaborate, for example, with leading IT firms and the aerospace industry to develop the complex technologies needed to find and produce oil and gas in harder-to-reach locations.

We are seeking out original ideas, from the unproven to those ready to deploy. Ideas may include incremental improvements, such as to energy efficiency, as well as those with the potential to transform our industry. Your proposal should tackle a challenge relevant to our business. In turn, we may be able to support you with funding, laboratory and research space, professional coaching, or access to markets and manufacturers.

Our three open innovation programmes offer everything your idea or technology needs to grow, driving your idea or technology forward faster:

Shell GameChanger

Shell GameChanger – connects with innovators and creative communities to identify unproven ideas that have the potential to drastically impact the future of energy.

Shell Technology Ventures

Shell Technology Ventures – invests, either as a venture capitalist or development partner, in companies to co-develop novel technologies relevant to our business.

Shell TechWorks

Shell TechWorks – collaborates with other industries to leverage their proven technologies and rapidly adapts them to solve challenges in our business.

Shell Small Business Innovation Initiative

We offer support to small businesses, helping them commercialise innovative technologies that provide fresh solutions for the energy industry.

Success stories

Success stories

Discover how our open innovation programmes have helped create exciting new technologies.

Share your idea

Complete our form to submit your idea or technology that could transform the energy industry. We will review all proposals and may select yours for support.