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Darwin Silalahi, Country Chair and CEO of Shell Indonesia (right) and Sandiaga Uno, Vice President of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) meet Andina Nabila Irvani (left) of Spotlight painted shoes.

Shell Indonesia has made awards to ten of the country’s most outstanding new young entrepreneurs at the final of the Shell LiveWIRE Business Start-Up Awards 2009 in Jakarta.

The assistant to the Minister of Youth and Sports, Drs. H. Sukarno, MM representing Minister Adhyaksa Dault, expressed his appreciation to Shell Indonesia for encouraging young people to become entrepreneurs. “Hopefully, Shell Indonesia will be an inspiration to other institutions through their LiveWIRE Business Start-Up Awards, so that more young people can maximize their potential to participate in developing the country,” he added.

Each of the ten award winning businesses received around $1,900 USD, as well as places on entrepreneurial training events and invaluable media publicity. The ten winners, which were selected from 14 finalists, included businesses ideas such as organic crisps, painted shoes and re-usable nappies.

The judging panel comprised experts from a variety of fields, including academics, economists, government, media, and entrepreneurs, as well as from Shell. Sandiaga Uno, Chairman of the Permanent Committee for Small and Medium Enterprises of the Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) Chaired the judges.

Commenting on the high standard of the LiveWIRE finalists, Sandiaga Uno said, “They presented brilliant and creative business ideas. There were a variety of products with good business potential. These potential young entrepreneurs deserve support and coaching, to help them develop their businesses.”

Shell Indonesia is committed to developing an entrepreneurial spirit among young people to combat the high unemployment rate in Indonesia.

Darwin Silalahi, Country Chairman and CEO of Shell Indonesia said, “It is Shell's commitment to contribute to the community where we have business activities. We want to positively participate in the development of Indonesia’s economy, especially in decreasing the number of young unemployed.”

Furthermore, Mr. Silalahi expressed his pleasure at the enthusiasm of young people towards the program. In collaboration with local universities, LiveWIRE’s entrepreneurship workshops were held in 25 regions throughout the country, attracting more than 3,000 participants. “This clearly demonstrates the high entrepreneurial spirit amongst young people. This positive spirit should not be dampened due to certain challenges, in which we are able to help by providing support.” he added.



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