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Shell Intilaaqah 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. Our trainees have set up an incredible 1,200 entrepreneurs, 60% female, have accessed this programme in 11 cities throughout the Kingdom over the past 10 years. This includes support for 123 industrial businesses, 68 insolvent businesses and 480 microbusinesses.

Shell Intilaaqah has been training Saudi entrepreneurs since 2010. Over the past years, Shell Intilaaqah trained, supported and mentored 10,000 Saudis – the majority of which were women. All free of charge. On November 29, 2019, a 10-year anniversary event was held to celebrate this decade of success. With the goal of enabling connections, showcasing the ingenuity of KSA LiveWIRE entrepreneurs, and demonstrating the positive social impact of programme activities, the event was a resounding celebration

The Shell Intilaaqah programme is part of Shell’s global LiveWire initiative. Since its inception, the programme has grown rapidly to become one of the industry's largest organisations for young entrepreneurs in the world.

Shell Intilaaqah’s success wouldn’t be possible without the support from its partners: the Royal Commission of Jubail and Yanbu, the British Council, the Riyadh Chamber of Commerce and the Saudi Credit Bank.

We are convinced that the ingenuity, intelligence and innovation of entrepreneurs form the foundation of a sustainable economy.

For more information about the Shell Intilaaqah initiative and how to join, please visit:

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Saudi female speaker in Abaya


Ghazael is a young Saudi entrepreneur. Her own company purchases polycarbonate from SABIC and exports it abroad. She has also started a second business in maritime shipping, which complements her existing company. Ghazael currently employs 20 staff.

Ghazael has had to fight to be where she is today. She faced social trials – struggling with perceptions, prejudices and accusations – as well as business issues. As a result of these, her first two enterprises were not successful.

Ghazael never gave up. She learned from her experiences, got business advice from others and joined the Shell Intilaaqah programme. Shell Intilaaqah trained her to be able to develop a proper feasibility study and we provide ongoing mentoring to help her overcome any business challenges.

Brave people like Ghazael inspire us at Shell to continue our Intilaaqah programme.

Since 2010, we trained well over 10,000 Saudis – the majority of which were women. All free of charge.

Shell Intilaaqah strengthens young people’s career options by enabling them to switch from seeking employment to creating employment. Over the past years, our trainees have set up 1,100 businesses – and we advised another 500 existing small and medium businesses. Together, they have created well over 3,000 jobs.


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