Sabahan Youths unleash Entrepreneurial Dreams with Shell Livewire
Oct 18, 2016
Kota Kinabalu, 18 October 2016 – Five young Sabahans today received an RM10,000 Shell LiveWIRE seed grant to help kickstart their entrepreneurial aspirations, transforming ideas to full-fledged businesses. Shell LiveWIRE ran its pilot in Sabah in 2015, and subsequently extended the full program to Sarawak in 2016.
Shell LiveWIRE is an entrepreneurial program, introduced by Shell in 17 countries all over the. Since 1982, the program has trained more than 10 million budding entrepreneurs and supported over 9,000 businesses. Malaysia’s introduction makes the country its latest 17th addition.
A total of 130 youths from the ages of 18 to 35 participated in the program in 2016, of which 60 entrepreneurs were selected to participate in a training workshop. From there they undergo another round of pitching their business models, where the top five business ideas are then picked as LiveWIRE grant recipients for the following year’s award.
These five entrepreneurs will receive a year-long program that empowers them to start, operate and manage their own businesses. Each entrepreneur would also receive live coaching and mentoring engagements with certified Shell LiveWIRE facilitators.
“The Shell LiveWIRE program is an important part of Shell’s commitment in supporting and inspiring young people to innovate and provide real business solutions that meets today’s socio-economic needs. There is so much potential in Sabah and Shell has provided support and seed funding to young entrepreneurs in Sabah with the aim of inculcating innovation, contributing back to the economy and sustaining livelihoods,” said Ian Lim, General Manager of Sabah Shell Malaysia.
To help kick start their enterprises, these entrepreneurs will receive a RM10,000 seed grant only after they have incorporated their businesses, finalised their business plans and models, and begun marketing their products and services. From then on, they continue to receive support from the Shell LiveWIRE facilitators for the next two years to help them successfully navigate around the learnings of starting a business.
“It has been a wonderful and eye opening journey with Shell LiveWIRE. I never thought my small idea could have such a potential and now with Shell LiveWIRE. I am truly grateful for this experience and thankful for Shell who has continuously invested in building talent in Sabah to equip the future generation of Sabah,” said Eric Yong of EricTech
“It was a lot of hardwork throughout the program, but I have learned a lot – what it takes to start a business, how to see opportunities, and the perseverance needed to see my dreams come alive. The coaches and my mentor thought me the importance of confidence and in giving back to those who has made you successful. Through Shell LiveWIRE, I know my business idea will be successful not just for me, but also for the community I belong to,” said Rahmawati of 80’s Cookies.
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Notes to editor:
About Shell LiveWIRE
The Shell LiveWIRE Malaysia program provides services intended to unleash the entrepreneurial potential of young people in East Malaysia, specifically Kota Kinabalu and Sarawak. These include:
- Bright Ideas. Bright Ideas is a training workshop which develops entrepreneurs understanding of the local market and helps them generate business ideas with high potential in Malaysia.
- Become a Successful Owner Manager (BSOM). The BSOM workshops help individuals who have an idea to develop their skills and formalize a professional business plan.
- Masterclasses. The program regularly offers Masterclasses, in which presentations and talks are provided by guest speakers who are leading practitioners of selected industries.
Shell LiveWIRE Malaysia has established partnerships in the area, notably Borneo MAD Incubator, who provide mentoring and training for LiveWIRE entrepreneurs who have completed the BSOM program and offer incubator supports for these budding business owners.
The five recipients of the seed grant from Sabah are:
Eric Yong of EricTech
Eric has developed a tool that will make the process of laying tiles more convenient during the construction phase. He also has other ideas for tools within the same industry which he will develop through his business.
Natra binti Michael of Digital Lawyer
Natra is developing an application that will connect users with certified lawyers who will then be able to provide legal advice based on the users’ needs.
Laurence L Dumling of TACT Academy
Laurence is developing an application that will support teachers by providing a subscription based service and marketplace for teachers to share their resources and learn from each other’s’ experiences.
Francis Xavier Kinjin of Oliver Putut Enterprise
Francis manufactures bespoke furniture out of PVC pipes due to its lightweight but robust quality and its cost effectiveness. His business hires unemployed youths and people with disabilities for the manufacturing process.
Rahmawati binti Syamsulhadi of 80’s Bakery
Rahmawati produces quality artisanal cookies and cakes. She is currently being groomed to be a supplier to Shell Retail stations in Sabah.