"A sustainable, prosperous and diversified economy requires a future dominated by highly skilled, highly waged sectors, as opposed to the current low-skill, low-wage activities that make up many sectors of our economy today. We need a highly productive labour force with adequate education, training and information tools.
We are investing heavily in human resource development”
Muhammad Al Jasser
Former Minister of Economy and Planning
Intilaaqah is a member of Shell LiveWIRE international Social Investment Programme in KSA, that focuses on developing SMEs, supporting entrepreneurships, empowering women and developing Saudi youth leadership and skills.
The program was established in 1981 and has spread in more than 17 countries around the world. The program was established in Saudi Arabia in 2009 as a social investment program for Shell. The program provided its services to more than 11,000 beneficiaries around the Kingdom and helped more than 1,350 entrepreneurs to establish their businesses, In addition to its contribution to the creation of more than 3375 jobs through businesses that have been supported.
The program provides services to young Saudi men and women from 18 to 45 years in more than 11 cities in the Kingdom.
What distinguishes the program is that it carries the experience and global experiments and customized it in accordance with the needs of the Saudi entrepreneurs cross all stages of business life cycle, the journey starts from the development of the business’s idea to the development and growth of the business.
Intilaaqah has several vitalities and dynamic initiatives focused on specific categories of entrepreneurs such as:
- Innovative initiative: to support innovative businesses.
- Intilaaqaty One initiative: to support handcraft businesses.
- Made Initiative: which focuses on supporting industrial projects
- Intilaaqah’s main Initiative: which focuses on small and medium enterprises in general.
Pioneering in development the entrepreneur's skills and capabilities in the domain of small and medium-sized business.
To contribute to the reduction of unemployment levels and the social problems it entails through training programs and guidance to qualify young people to successfully establish and manage their small and medium-sized business.
- Development of a self-employment culture among youth.
- Qualifying and training entrepreneurs to establish and manage their business successfully.
- Train entrepreneurs and equip them with the skills needed for successful entrepreneurs.
- Provide consulting services for troubled business
- Provide guidance and awareness services to entrepreneurs
- Provide a database of available investment opportunities in the Kingdom
- Enable entrepreneurs to establish a leading network that brings together the expertise and experiences of entrepreneurs and provide opportunities for exchange.
Intilaaqah free services:
“Intilaaqah” provides various distinctive training programs and courses in the field of entrepreneurship and small-sized enterprises by providing training to trainees on preparing the necessary studies for their project until successful launch in addition to the trainees’ acquisition of necessary skills that help them operate their enterprises successfully according to the latest global programs and standards.
Among the most important services provided by the program:
- Business Network "Intilaaqah Club"
- Cloud services "ERP Business Support"
- Let's go trade Award "business trips for entrepreneurs".
- Top Ten Innovators Award "to support innovative businesses"
- Create the Future Award "to support projects in the field of clean energy and environment".
- Local Content Development Initiative
- Focuses on linking the training process with funding through collaboration with partners in the same field and their contribution to the training process.
- Focuses on the practical and applied aspects and the entrepreneur’s integration with the labor market in a realistic way.
- Focuses on rehabilitation, training, counseling and consulting in the field of small and medium-sized enterprises.
- Targets young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 45 years.
- Focuses on projects that are set up in the Saudi market.
- Does not offer direct funding services.
- All “Intilaaqah” program services are provided to beneficiaries free of charges.
- Commitment to providing all our programs and services with high quality to meet the beneficiaries’ satisfaction.
- Rehabilitation and development of Intilaaqah work team to achieve excellence and success amid a positive working environment.
- Continuous improvement of services to achieve excellence in entrepreneurial services.
- Expanding the network of partners to establish teamwork opportunities with distinguished partners to achieve the best service provision to entrepreneurs.
- Establishing long-term relationships with entrepreneurs in order to effectively support them.
Royal Commission for Jubail & Yanbu
The Royal Commission for Jubail and Yanbu was established as per a Royal Decree issued by HM King Khalid - May Allah have mercy upon him - on 21 September 1975 (16 Ramadan 1395H).
The Royal Decree read “A Royal Commission shall be formed to execute the necessary infrastructure plan for the preparation of Jubail and Yanbu Cities as industrial areas. The Commission shall have an independent legal personality”. An independent budget was dedicated for the Royal Commission. RCJY’s mission is to plan, promote, develop and manage Petrochemicals and Energy intensive industrial cities through successful customer focus and partnerships with investors, employees, communities and other stakeholders.
For more info on the Royal Commission, you can visit their website here: https://www.rcjy.gov.sa
Jeddah Chamber is one of the oldest business and services organizations in the kingdom. It was established by a royal decree dated Safar 1365 H \ January 1946 G. since then with efforts of 20 sessions of the Board of Directors and experience extends more than 60 years, the chamber has been serving the national economy and business community, contributing to its development and progress.
For more info on Jeddah Chamber, you can visit their website here: http://www.jcci.org.sa/English
Riyadh Chamber was established in 1381 A.H. as a non-governmental in accordance to a special system and belongs, as other chambers of the Kingdom to the Council of Saudi Chambers of Commerce & Industry. The RCCI is a non-profit organization and its main role involves in rendering all support and special services pertaining to private firms operating in Riyadh Area where they pay annual subscriptions for the many services and benefits offered by RCCI.
For more info on Riyadh Chamber, you can visit their website here: http://www.chamber.sa/English
The British Council is the UK's international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities. The British Council seeks to provide international opportunities to the individuals in the UK and other countries and to build trust between them around the world. The British Council’s office in Saudi Arabia established in 1975 in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Khobar. The work of the British Council in the field of education and training is at the heart of Saudi Arabia's ambitions to develop its youth to enable them to compete and engage internationally. Saudi youth are supported through many activities such as the "Springboard Self-Development Program for Women" which has helped over 8,000 women fulfill their professional goals.
For more information about the British Council, visit the website: https://www.britishcouncil.sa/en
Social Development Bank
Social Development Bank was founded in 1391 A.H. The Bank's activity was concentrated in the beginning of its establishment on social loans. The Bank expanded its activities, including professional loans to be combined with social loans and the desire for good leadership to diversify and develop the Bank's activities. The Bank has adopted strategies and plans for the development of affordable housing for the citizens of this country to enable them to play an active and influential role in the construction process in addition to supporting small and emerging projects because of their high importance in building the Kingdom's economy.
For more info on the bank, you can visit their website here: https://www.sdb.gov.sa/en-us/
King Salman Social Center
The idea to establish the center was the Initiative of Riyadh citizens, in honor of the beloved Prince Salman bin Abdulaziz - Governor of Riyadh at that time - for his continuous efforts in the development of the city of Riyadh. Few months after, the males section opened by Prince Sultan bin Abdul-Aziz in 1417 A.H, the female section opened for a trial period in order to identify the members' wishes, and to ensure the ability to meet those desires while ensuring the preservation of social customs, traditions, and culture. The Centre established a new concept of social services in terms of quality of social, cultural and sports activities, and healthcare provided to its members and visitors.
For more info on the bank, you can visit their website here: http://kssc.org.sa/en
The General Authority for Small and Medium Enterprises was established by the Council of Ministers in 1437A.H. SMEs Authority’s work is based on supporting, promoting and caring of enterprises, in accordance with the best international practices. Besides increasing the capacity of the Saudi economy to be able to generate employment and job opportunities, also contributing to the localization of technology, as well as increasing SMEs productivity.
For more info on Monsha'at, you can visit their website here: https://smea.gov.sa/ar
The Centennial Fund "TCF" is an independent, non-profit foundation dedicated to financing youth business. Established in 1425 A.H. The Centennial Fund considered an institutional work pursuant of the Saudi Arabian Kingdom ambitions and aspiration to support the youth to start their small and medium-sized business, and to be the supporting front for entrepreneurs and pioneers amidst the new economic trends that encourage business initiatives of small investors.
For more info on TCF, you can visit their website here:http://www.tcf.org.sa/en/
Abde3 Business Incubators Center
Abde3 Business and Technology Incubators established by the Royal Commission of Yanbu, in order to encourage and support entrepreneurs, creative ideas, and technology, and help them transform their ideas into a successful business in the market. The Center helps to spread the culture of entrepreneurship and self-employment and raise community awareness in this regard through the establishment of seminars, workshops and training programs to promote the concept of entrepreneurship and self-employment and develop the community skills required for entrepreneurship.
For more info on Abde3, you can visit their Twitter account: https://twitter.com/abde3_center?lang=ar
Princess Madawi bint Musaid bin Abdulaziz Fund for developing women is a private non-profit fund established upon an initiative by Al-Manahil Company aiming at helping the Saudi woman to practice free work and owning small projects in Riyadh.
For more info on Deem Al-Manahil, you can visit their website here: http://deem-almanahil.org/en/
Prince Mohammed Bin Saud Bin Fahad Fund for young businessmen (Nami Fund) is a private non-profit fund dedicated to helping young Saudis to practice entrepreneurship and small businesses.
For more info on Nami Fund, you can visit their website here: http://nami-sa.org/