Futures Pitch Futures Pitch

11 October, 2023​

A competition that aims to bring together the start-up ecosystem and Shell to accelerate and explore opportunities for joint learning and collaboration on some of the world's toughest energy challenges.

Registrations are closed.

Join us for the Futures Pitch contest, an exciting event taking the centre stage on the second day of the Changemakers of Tomorrow. This event will run alongside the Shell E4 Demo Day, the start-up showcase, and a series of networking sessions as part of the Futures Summit.

Competition format

At the Futures Pitch, start-ups will pitch their innovative solutions for one of the three challenges around innovation in the area of future energy systems.

Your task is to demonstrate how your start-up is well-positioned to address the selected challenge. Following the initial submissions, a virtual jury will shortlist the top start-ups for finale. The top start-ups will pitch their solutions live to the jury members at the Changemakers of Tomorrow in Shell Technology Centre in Bangalore, on Wednesday, October 11. 


The competition is open to all registered start-ups (minimum 2 staff members). ​

Startups can be in different TRL levels: -

  • 2-5 stage or have received only pre-seed or seed funding; or
  • 6-9 stage with early revenues, market validation by pilot(s), series A funding (or higher).​


Date Competition stage
07 September 2023
Competition opens for submissions
25 September 2023 Submissions deadline
30 September 2023 Finalists startups announced
11 October 2023 Winner announcement


The cash prizes that will be awarded are: 

  • USD 5000 for the first prize winner
  • USD 3000 for the second prize winner
  • USD 2000 for third prize winner

The winning start-ups may be awarded a collaboration opportunity with Shell to develop their proof of concept.

Choose your challenge:

  • Transport fleet scheduling for multi-product, inventory-based supply chain

    Your task is to optimise routes and schedules for different types of ships in a maritime supply chain. This involves fulfilling the supply plan, minimising costs, and improving vessel efficiency. You will need to take into consideration the following factors: inventory control, external charters, partial unloading at nodes, and multi-product compartments. The aim is to streamline operations, meet customer demand, and achieve cost-effective resource utilization with an optimal route, inventory levels, and schedule.

  • Biodiversity assessment toolkit

    Shell has a strong commitment to Respecting Nature as part of our Powering Progress strategy. New projects in areas rich in biodiversity require a baseline environmental assessment and regular monitoring during the lifetime of assets. Traditional biodiversity assessment methods often involve labor-intensive field surveys and sample collections. These methods can be slow, expensive, and may not capture real-time changes. Your task is to design innovative solutions or applications to support comprehensive biodiversity assessments, that minimise human presence inside the study area and are easy to use by non-specialised professionals.

  • Predictive analysis of oil and gas production facilities (plants)

    There are thousands of sensors attached to a plant’s equipment. Automated and correlated monitoring, together with the analysis of sensor trends is required for effective predictive analysis. This challenge calls for a data-driven tool that can empower plant operators to monitor plant processes and equipment to intercept possible failures, do a diagnostic root-cause analysis and make the necessary repairs to avoid plant downtime.


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