Shell contributes to local economic growth in countries where we operate in a variety of ways.        

In Nigeria, we have a partnership with five banks to assist our Nigerian contractors to access finance from the participating banks. A high percentage of our employees across the Shell Companies in Nigeria (SCiN) are Nigerians working as engineers, project managers and leaders; in fact, 95% of Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria and Shell Nigeria Exploration and Production Company employees are Nigerian. In 2015, we awarded 93% of SCiN contracts to Nigerian companies.

Shell LiveWIRE: supporting young entrepreneurs

The Shell LiveWIRE programme helps young entrepreneurs to start their own business, turning their ideas into sustainable sources of income to help create jobs and stimulate local economic growth. The programme is active in 15 countries where we operate, providing business skills training and workshops' business start-up grants and awards, and linking 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.

The Shell LiveWIRE initiatives consistently create significant benefits through the businesses they support. For example, in 2015, more than 8,000 people took part in the programme and more than 90 businesses were established.

Let’s Go Trade and Top Ten Innovators

In 2015, Shell LiveWIRE introduced two new global initiatives, Let’s Go Trade and Top Ten 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 Ten Innovators is a forum to celebrate and reward past participants in Shell LiveWIRE, whose businesses demonstrate excellence in innovation. Applicants are able to share their knowledge and learnings, and have the opportunity to inspire others through their stories.

In 2015, young entrepreneur Esther Wang and her company Joytingle, from Singapore, scooped the top prize for innovation. Esther’s interactive toy, “Rabbit Ray”, helps reduce the anxiety and trauma often experienced by young people undergoing treatment for serious medical conditions. 

Visit the Shell LiveWIRE Top Ten Innovators website to read more about Joytingle and other 2015 Top Ten Innovators

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