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The Nigeria Leadership Initiative Inaugural Business Plan Competition (BPC)

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Nigeria Leadership InitiativeAlert for all aspiring Nigerian Entrepreneurs, the Nigeria Leadership Initiative Business Plan Competition has launched and the deadline is fast approaching!

The Nigeria Leadership Initiative Inaugural Business Plan Competition (BPC) is an effective program to build entrepreneurship skill and kick start Small & Growing Business (SGB) development. Objectives include:

(i) To identify entrepreneurs with high potential business ideas;

(ii) Provide selected entrepreneurs with training, mentoring and access to capital;

(iii) Act as a channel for equity and loan funds to the resulting SGBs;

(iv) Stimulate economic development through the creation of jobs and growth businesses.

Top fifteen entries will participate free of charge in a business plan training program at the Lagos Business School and audience with potential investors to pitch their business. Top three entries will also win cash prizes to develop their businesses. The deadline for entries is August 14th, 2009.

To download the application forms or upload your application – visit the competition minisite –

The Business Plan Competition is being organized by the Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI). NLI was established in January 2006 as an international non-profit, non-partisan organization. The mission statement of NLI is to create a growing global network of credible and very accomplished community-spirited Nigerian leaders who are committed to taking responsibility for driving positive change in Nigeria and Nigerian communities. NLI provides a platform for highly accomplished, uniquely qualified older and younger Nigerian leaders to enhance or develop their values-based leadership skills and to assume a transformative role in the future development of Nigeria. The Leadership seminars are by invitation and designed for three main groups:

1. A Senior Leaders class for some of the most successful, credible and senior Nigerians in the Diaspora and in Nigeria.

2. A Future Leaders class for emerging public and private leaders in Nigeria and their peers in the Diaspora.

3. A Special Seminar for the President, Government Ministers and Advisers.

4. NLI is implementing a similar program for universities in Nigeria and the United Kingdom

Barely three years since its establishment, NLI has made remarkable progress in promoting initiatives focused on developing and sustaining values-based leadership amongst Nigerians based locally and internationally. These initiatives have been carried out in various forms such as Seminars, Leadership Projects, and Essay Competitions and have helped to increase engagement between the citizenry and the leadership. NLI is now poised to build on all the work started so far with projects such as its National Reorientation Programme and its Business Plan Competition.
For more information on NLI’s programs please visit

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