Growing up, I always wondered why only celebrities and top government officials got recognition for their work. Why not “Bola” three blocks away, from my home who worked tirelessly day and night to make her customers happy by offering them top-notch styling services or the average Nigerian youth pushing each day to make an impact in their communities. We all know or have people in this category, don’t we?
Nigeria’s 25 under 25 awards put together by the SME100 Africa Team, provides Fellows with a stipend, access to finance, 12-months incubation, one-on-one leadership coaching, and access to a diverse network of technical advisors, mentors, and potential investors for young
Nigeria’s under 25 Incubator program equips early-stage entrepreneurs with the support they need to transform audacious ideas into scalable and sustainable ventures. “We do this by providing you with three things: space, community, and access,” says Charles Odii ED SME100 Africa.
Space – Nigeria’s under 25 Incubator program was founded to ensure that all young entrepreneurs, regardless of their economic background, can succeed. We give you physical and mental space, so you can focus more of your energy on your venture and achieving your full potential. Nigeria’s under 25 Incubator program provides for your Twelve months of free workspace at the SME100Africa office, Shared meeting spaces including formal board rooms and creative spaces and additional meeting spaces and performance spaces.
Community – Your journey as an entrepreneur is long and winding. You will experience many ups and downs, and we understand that you will need lots of support along the way. Nigeria’s under 25 Awards builds a community of support around you through our unique incubation program and a robust network of world-class mentors and advisors. These mentors and advisors are seasoned entrepreneurs, experienced change-makers, and leaders across sectors who want to help you.
• We organize events where the Entrepreneurs meet and network with other founders who quickly become consultants, confidants, and close friends
• Join a family of 400+ Nigeria’s under 25 Fellows who have come before you and are prepared to shine a light on the path ahead of you
• Some ventures are paired with an experienced, industry-specific mentor who provides weekly guidance, accountability to achieve goals and support.
• Opportunities to meet with Nigeria’s under 25 Fellows and SME100Africa
broader network to build and nurture relationships
Previous recipients of the award include Yasmin Belo-Osagie(Co-Founder, She Leads Africa), Sophia Ikeonu(Founder/CEO, The5kShop.com), Eseoghene Odiete(Hesey Designs), Orode Uduaghan(Founder, Otres-Restaurant), Rotimi Okugbaye(Event Photography), GeorgetteMonnou(RealTalkwithGeorgie). Just to mention a few.
The portal is now OPEN to nominate that phenomenal Youth who you think deserves to shine. Click on the link below and nominate your winners today.