Ben Rooth- Business Correspondent
7th April 2010
A YOUNG entrepreneur from Manchester University has been awarded £1,000 by Shell LiveWIRE's Grand Ideas programme to help him develop his business called GiveMeTap. Edwin Broni-Mensah, 24, has founded a business that enables users of a specially-branded GiveMeTap bottle to get free tap water refills from a network of cafés and restaurant owners in the Manchester area.
Buy a GiveMeTap metal water bottle, download the app, and a person in Africa gains access to clean drinking water. Google for Entrepreneurs has played a key role in GiveMeTap’s success from the beginning. It offered Founder Edwin Broni-Mensah a space to build a tight-knit team as well as an opportunity to be mentored by Google.
The Lovie Awards would like to honour Edwin Broni-Mensah with The Lovie Emerging Entrepreneur Award for starting the incredible social enterprise GiveMeTap right from his dorm room at university, and for using the Web to help people get access to clean water.