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helps young Nigerian nationals explore the possibility of starting their own business

LiveWIRE Nigeria is a youth enterprise development programme supported by Shell (SPDC) which operates mainly in the Niger Delta region.

The programme aims to inspire, encourage and support young people aged 18-30 to start up their own businesses in the Nigerian states of Edo, Delta, Bayelsa, Rivers, Abia, Imo, and Akwa-Ibom.

LiveWIRE provides the following support:

1. Several training courses:

  • Value and Organise Yourself. Attitudinal reorientation for young people in the Niger Delta. The aim is to encourage young people to be more socially responsible in the community, and to have a greater sense of self-worth
  • Bright Ideas. These courses aim to enable young people to identify viable business opportunities in the community and to develop them further
  • Become a Successful Owner Manager. This programme provides the skills necessary to successfully manage and run a small business
  • Evaluating Your Business. Enables young entrepreneurs to evaluate how their business is performing, and allows them to make any necessary improvements
  • HSES in Business. Is a course which covers Health, Safety, Environment and Security in business
  • Introduction to SME. A business planning toolkit
  • Mentor Training Programme. A training programme for those who want to mentor budding young entrepreneurs

2. Financial support is provided to successful candidates for business start up and expansion.

3. Product exhibitions. These enable young entrepreneurs to showcase their businesses to a variety of stakeholders. Exhibitions have been successfully held in Port Harcourt, Warri, Lagos and Abuja.

Shell LiveWIRE Nigeria’s partners include:

  • Shell International. Provides international direction and standards for the programme. It offers young people the opportunity to access world class business information, encouragement and support
  • PNE Group. Many young people’s first contact with the internet was via the LiveWIRE website. Also, some young entrepreneurs have benefited from being inducted to the Shell LiveWIRE International Hall of Fame, and others have received “Go and Trade Grants” to enable them to explore markets overseas
  • Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria joint venture partners. The joint venture provides 55% of all SPDC funds for the programme
  • The Delta State Government. A key stakeholder that provides funding, monitoring and supervision
  • Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC). A key stakeholder that provides funding, monitoring and supervision
  • Community Development Foundation (CDF). An NGO partner that provides development and capacity building support for the programme
  • Wider Perspectives. A consultant partner that provides development and capacity building support for the programme
  • Entrepreneurial Development Initiative. Also an NGO partner that provides development and capacity building support for the programme
  • Neokecci Multi Concepts. An NGO that provides mentoring and monitoring services.

Since the launch of LiveWIRE Nigeria in 2003, the programme has:

  • Benefited over 4,000 young people
  • Delivered enterprise training to over 3,200 young people
  • Enabled 708 young entrepreneurs to start up or expand their own businesses.

The programme also:

  • Won the SERA (Social Enterprise Reports Awards) award for Poverty Reduction in 2010, acknowledging the role that the programme is having in creating better economic futures for young people
  • Received the African Leadership Award for Enterprise in Nigeria in 2011, acknowledging that Shell LiveWIRE is really making a difference to the lives of young people in the region
  • Secured a partnership with NDDC in 2011 to deliver enterprise training to 1,620 young women.

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