On Friday, November 15th, 2019, the 55 fashion and fashion-tech entrepreneurs of the British Council’s Creative Enterprise Support Programme (CESP) in Abuja and other major Abuja based players in the industry, were hosted to a reception with Gill Atkinson, the British Deputy High Commissioner at the Deputy British High Commissioners residence. The reception was organized to celebrate the entrepreneurs, the work they do and their successful completion of the first phase of the programme.
After two full weeks of intensive training and a pitch event, only 30 entrepreneurs progressed into the 6-month incubation phase of the programme. The incubation programme will include mentoring and coaching from the UK and Nigerian experienced professionals, internship opportunities, and much more. At the end of the incubation programme, selected finalists will pitch to a panel of judges, to be awarded business grants to scale their businesses.
The West Africa Creative Enterprise Support Programme is designed to offer enterprise, artistic and technical skills training to young, talented and budding creative entrepreneurs leading to the development of successful businesses, which will create job opportunities and aid prosperity in the respective countries.
In her speech at the reception, Gill Atkinson, the British Deputy High Commissioner, admonished the entrepreneurs to make the best use of the learnings from the programme and invest in Nigeria.
The event was attended by Catrolina Laing, British High Commissioner, Gill Atkinson, British Deputy High Commissioner, Robert Taylor, Director Abuja / Deputy Director Operations Nigeria, British Council, Nigeria, Nnamdi Daniels (Jacket King), Olutoni Phillip Aina and many more
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