Launched in Pakistan in 2003 with the local name “Tameer” the programme has reached out to 0.8 million young people (18- 35 years) and engaged 12,000 young entrepreneurs through enterprise trainings resulting in over 1000 start-ups and business expansions. Sixty-One entrepreneurs recognized through Tameer Awards whereas 20 Tameer alumni received global recognition through Shell LiveWIRE’s prestigious Hall of Fame and received trade grants worth PKR 4 Million (US$ 38,000) through Shell LiveWIRE’s Let’s Go Trade and Top Ten Innovator Awards.
Tameer encourages a business environment through developing entrepreneurial skills in young people aged 18 – 32. The programme offers: Conceptual development of business ideas; training to help with enterprise skills and starting a business; networking with expert organisations; the opportunity to develop links for securing business; start up finance; an annual award scheme to recognise business success and to inspire others; and, follow up support to help entrepreneurs sustain their businesses.
Targeting young people aged 18-32, Tameer is registered as an independent trust governed by a carefully selected board of internal and external Trustees. It provides a range of services to inspire and develop their entrepreneurial potential across Pakistan. These include:
Since 2003 Tameer have come a long way. In 2009 Tameer successfully entered the next level by launchingTameer Information Desk for Entrepreneurs (TIDE) and being implementing partner of British Council’s Active Citizen programme. The scope and outreach of the programme increased by 200% with an improved success rate from 10% to 30 %. The programme has provided enterprise awareness sessions to over 76,000 young people. It has run 126 training workshops, benefitting over 4000 young people and resulting in 400 business start-ups providing employment to over 22,500 people. Some of the significant global and local achievements of Tameer are as follows:
Presented as best LiveWIRE case study at International Enterprise Promotional Convention (IEPC) 2009 in UK A social enterprise assisted by Shell Tameer through the Active Citizen programme won the British Council’s Social Action Plan Award 2011, and is one of 12 international best practice case studies to be promoted globally Three entrepreneurs feature in Shell LiveWIRE’s “Hall of Fame” Tameer recognized as one of the best practices in Asia at 4th UN Annual Global Compact Forum in 2006 Former President of Pakistan mentioned Tameer as best practice during an official visit to the Netherlands in 2004 Tameer case study “Bamboo Blinds” was featured on BBC World radio