President Goodluck Jonathan has launched an initiative to support Nigerian entrepreneurs.
The initiative known as Youth Enterprise With Innovation in Nigeria or YouWin.
The YouWin innitiative is targeted at youths between the ages of 18 and 35 who already own businesses or have strong business plans. More details can be found at www.youwin.org.ng
You can view the qualifications for YouWin below:
Qualification for Participation in YouWiN!
All applicants for the Business Plan Competition will be required to satisfy all of the following criteria to be eligible for consideration:
The applicant is a proven citizen of Nigeria, no older than 35 years (proof of identity international passport/voters card)
The applicant is proposing a business venture within the national borders of Nigeria, and with the intention of employing Nigerian citizens.
The proposed venture does not entail the production and distribution of weapons, alcoholic beverages, tobacco or/and gambling, or any activities that is in contradiction with the Nigerian constitution
Applicants have prepared an innovative business concept summary
The promoter should be willing to make an equity contribution in kind, but does not need to have long experience in managing a business
The applicant must choose to participate in one award pool. There are 6 regional pools on the basis of geo political zone as identified by market in which the applicant wishes to do business.
To apply visit: www.youwin.org.ng
During the launch of YouWin President Goodluck Jonathan spoke about some American innovators and what he hopes would be the outcome of this initiative, he said “Jobs started his career by building the first Apple personal computer in the run-down garage of his foster parents and he pursued his entrepreneurial dreams to become one of the most influential innovators of the 21st century.
Similarly Bill Gates’ Microsoft and Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook are eloquent testimonies to the capacity of the youth to dream big and win big in an innovative manner. We have such men and women in this land too: our challenge is to find them early, nurture them and encourage them”.