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Enterprise development: supporting new businesses
Starting your own business is one way to overcome the challenge of finding a job. We support business development in countries where we have operations. The Shell LiveWIRE programme helps young entrepreneurs to start their own business, turning their ideas into sustainable sources of income.
Shell LiveWIRE is active in 15 countries where we operate, helping to create jobs and stimulate local economic growth.
The programme provides business skills training and workshops, business start-up grants and awards, and links entrepreneurs to opportunities in sectors that contribute to the local economy. We also help to facilitate access to finance, incubation, business acceleration, markets, technology and mentoring.
Shell LiveWIRE programmes consistently create significant benefits through the businesses that they establish. For example, in 2014, the programme trained 7,934 participants and 783 businesses were set up.
Let’s Go Trade and Top 10 Innovators
In 2015, Shell LiveWIRE introduced two new global initiatives, Let’s Go Trade and Top 10 Innovators, to offer further opportunities and funding for Shell LiveWIRE alumni to grow their businesses and celebrate innovation.
Let’s Go Trade is aimed at entrepreneurs who have been in business between 18 months and five years, and would like to travel internationally to investigate new markets and find ways to innovate in their business.
Top 10 Innovators is a forum to celebrate and reward past participants in Shell LiveWIRE, whose businesses demonstrate excellence in innovation. Applicants will be able to share their knowledge and learnings, and they will have the opportunity to inspire others through their stories.