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Community skills and entrepreneurship

Our community skills and entrepreneurship programmes benefit local communities where we operate by creating employment opportunities and contributing to economic development, while adding value to our supply chain.

In 2022, around 32,000 people participated in, and more than 4,000 businesses were supported by, our skills development programmes, which helped more than 2,300 people gain employment and/or improve their livelihoods after the training.

Shell has two global entrepreneurship programmes – Shell LiveWIRE and Shell StartUp Engine.

Shell LiveWIRE helps entrepreneurs in 20 countries start and/or grow their businesses. In 2022, Shell LiveWIRE trained about 2,685 people around the world and helped create more than 2,170 jobs. The programme supported 892 existing businesses and some 145 new businesses, with 123 Shell LiveWIRE-supported businesses entering our supply chain in 2022. The programme celebrated its 40th anniversary in 2022.

Shell StartUp Engine is a global innovation programme for entrepreneurs in the energy industry. It supports early-stage start-ups in areas such as renewables, energy storage, smart grids and electric mobility. In 2022, the programme supported 39 start-ups in Brazil, France, the Netherlands (as New Energy Challenge), Singapore, the UAE and the UK. We also collaborated with Microsoft and AVL to deliver the Shell StartUp Engine Social Impact Programme, which supported 11 mobility-related start-ups across Europe.

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