Are you brimming with innovative ideas or solutions which can make a difference in Nigeria? Do you have a passion for change? Then you just might be the one we are looking for.
The British Council, Virgin Atlantic, Zenith Bank and Samsung launched the second Enterprise Challenge – #ECNG2016 on 3 February 2016.
Who can Apply
The competition is designed to test the business skills of young Nigerian entrepreneurs aged 18-35 years.
All applicants should:
- Be between 18 and 35 years of age
- Have good English language skills
- A Nigerian citizen resident in Nigeria (with a valid Nigerian passport)
What’s the Format?
It will take place in three task cycles over an intensive four week period.
Recognising that skill and knowledge acquisition are critical components to developing successful entrepreneurs and their ventures, the Enterprise Challenge has introduced a ‘Boot Camp’ style event delivered by The Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. The three-day event is designed to provide a core grounding in business principals in theory and practice. It will also explore synergies within local and global business contexts and promote networking opportunities for the top candidates with established, successful Nigerian entrepreneurs.
Made up of three tasks, the competition provides a platform for young, brilliant entrepreneurial minds to further develop their business skills and bring their innovative ideas to the fore for possible future development.
What will Winners Receive?
The winners will receive a financial grant worth N1.5m and N1m for first and second respectively, and will all benefit from continued support from the initiative’s partners. In addition, the overall Enterprise Challenge champion will receive a fully-funded scholarship to attend a five-day entrepreneurship foundation course at the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa plus a mentoring session in London with world renowned entrepreneur and Founder and Chairman of Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson.
In 2014, Eseoghene Odiete and Nasir Yammama were named winners of the inaugural Enterprise Challenge, beating more than 1,881 entrants to the coveted title. Ese founded and runs Hesey Designs (www.heseydesigns.com), an online store selling African-inspired accessories, through which she empowers and mentors young African women. Nasir created a remarkable mobile phone app called Verdant (www.yammama.com), which aims to help crop farmers across Nigeria.
Since winning, both Ese and Nasir have successfully developed their businesses; investing in technology, machinery and marketing to support their commercial and ideological aspirations. Hesey Designs is no longer seen as a local company but a credible and growing international brand. And Verdant has successfully graduated from the design and development stage, into a fully functional pilot running in Kastina State ahead of its nationwide launch.
Task 1 – The Essay
“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.” – Richard Branson
If you are up for the challenge, then here we go……… For this phase of the competition, we would like you to write us an essay. Please click the button on this page to access the online application form and
- The essay should be 450 words or less
- Incorporate a business idea / product/ solution that you would like to develop into your story line.
- Ensure you fill out the personal information section of the form carefully and be sure to include all information as required.
Deadline for submission: 8th February 2016. Entries submitted after the given deadline will not be accepted.
For More Info
For information on competition rules, regulations and criteria for participation please visit: www.britishcouncil.org.ng/enterprise-challenge #ECNG2016
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