Shell Entreprendre winners with the Gabonese Minister of Budget
Shell Entreprendre winners with the Gabonese Minister of Budget

It was a unique opportunity for these young entrepreneurs to promote their businesses and meet other entrepreneurs who, like them, have decided to play an active role in Africa’s economic development.

“This is the first time I’ve taken part in an edition of NYFA and I must say it’s been a unique opportunity for me to meet people, swap ideas and attend discussion workshops on young people and enterprise… I’ve made contact with people working in the sector in which I hope to start up my business. This has given me a wider view of the development of my project,” reports Marie-Noelline Pemba Boussougou, one of the winners of the Shell Entreprendre Programme 2015. Her project, “la Maison de l’Orthopédie” will sell orthopaedic footwear and accessories. Ultimately her ambition is to open a rehabilitation centre which will market orthopaedic devices.

For the first edition in 2015, Shell Gabon had awarded a finance package worth a total of XAF 116 million to six young Gabonese, who will be able to start up their businesses in the fields of healthcare, agriculture and B2C and B2B services.

Gabin Mapaga, another graduate of the first edition of Shell Entreprendre, adds: “thanks to the Shell Entreprendre Programme, I’ve been granted the sum of XAF 12 million. This will enable me to start up “Pro Agrigab,” a market gardening business producing and marketing produce such as tomatoes, peppers, okra etc. Pro Agrigab will add value by exploiting yellow tomato from Oyane 4. This programme has increased my skills and ability in management and human resource management. I have learned commercial skills and how to draw up business plans.”

By running the Shell Entreprendre Programme Shell Gabon, in partnership with JTC Consulting, has trained 100 young people from Gabon in the space of four months. This series of in-depth training sessions has enabled them to discover and acquire the skills necessary to start up and develop a viable business.

“By teaming up with JTC Consulting to develop this programme in Gabon, Shell Gabon renews its pledge to develop local skills capable of supporting its vision of being the most innovative and competitive partner in the energy sector for Gabon,” summed up Tony Mébiame, Manager of JTC Consulting.

Shell Entreprendre is a version of the Shell LiveWIRE programme which has been adapted for Gabon. Founded in the United Kingdom in 1983, Shell LiveWIRE runs in 18 countries. The global programme for social investment in young people’s enterprise has so far benefited more than 9.2 million businesspeople worldwide.