YouWiN! stands for Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria. It is an innovative business plan competition aimed at job creation by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas. The first edition of YouWIN! launched in 2011 and the accomplishments of the 1,200 YouWiN! awardees were celebrated at the Presidential Villa on April 12, 2012. Click here for a list of all the winners.
YouWiN! Women is the second edition of the entrepreneurial scheme which is designed for only female entrepreneurs aged 45 years or less.Women in Management, Business and Public Sector (WIMBIZ), a female focused Nigeria based non-governmental organization was established in 2002 with the overriding vision “to be the catalyst that elevates the status and influence of women and their contribution to nation building.”
As part of their efforts to help elevate the profile and influence of women and their contribution to nation building, WIMBIZ announces its partnership with YouWiN!
In the first year, only 18% of the YouWIN! award winners were women. The aim is to increase the percentage of women who apply for the competition.
The winner stands a chance to win N10,000,000.00! The money is an equity contribution to the winner’s business.
Who can apply: Nigerian female entrepreneurs between the ages of 18-45 wishing to expand their existing businesses or birth a new business concepts.(proof of identity: International passport/Drivers License/National ID/Voters card is required). Interested applicants must have post-secondary school qualification. The proposed business venture must be within the national borders of Nigeria, and with the intention of employing Nigerian citizens. The proposed venture must not entail the production or distribution of weapons, alcoholic beverages, tobacco or/and gambling, or any activities in contradiction with the Nigerian constitution.
Minimum academic qualification: OND/HND.
How to apply: Attend any of the business clinics in the State nearest to you from the list below. You will receive assistance with registration and the application process as well as training on writing your business plans to ensure that YouWiN! Women win.
For people in Lagos, Osun & Ogun States: Saturday 22nd September, 2012
Oyo, Ondo, & Ekiti States: Sunday 23rd September, 2012
Delta, Rivers & Cross River States: Saturday 29th September, 2012
Edo, Bayelsa, and Akwa Ibom States: Sunday 30th September, 2012
Entry closes on the 14th of October 2012. So hurry and go get your forms!