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developing enterprise around the world

Shell LiveWIRE is a Royal Dutch Shell Social Investment Programme, which enables young people to start their own business and create employment.

Shell LiveWIRE strengthens young people’s career options by enabling them to switch from being an employee to becoming an employer, or making the transition from seeking employment to creating employment.

The original Shell LiveWIRE programme was launched in 1982 in the Strathclyde region of Scotland in response to the region’s high level of youth unemployment.

Shell LiveWIRE programmes are currently operating in 15 countries including: Oman, Brazil, Nigeria, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Over 9.2m young entrepreneurs have benefited from Shell LiveWIRE programmes since 1982.

Country programmes, which are based on the Shell LiveWIRE model, offer a targeted range of practical small business development support, designed to fit the local context. The Shell LiveWIRE model is comprised of five stages; please click on each of the links below to learn more about each stage.

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