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Apply! YOUWIN 2015 ROUND 1

YouWinApplication Deadline: 30 January 2015 (Round 1)
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 accomplishments of the 1,200 YouWiN! awardees were celebrated at the Presidential Villa on April 12, 2012. YouWiN! Women was the second edition of the entrepreneurial scheme, which was designed for only female entrepreneurs aged 45 years or less. The third edition, YouWiN! 3, which support both male and female entrepreneurs in Nigeria, recently announced the 1500 awardees. With the upcoming launch of YouWiN! 4, the President of Nigeria will have fulfilled his promise to financially support over 3,600 Nigerian youths to develop their entrepreneurial ideals and plans through the YouWiN! program. YouWiN! 4 is open to both male and female entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 – 45 years.

Apply here

YouWin Women:accepting applications till October 28th!

What is YouWiN?

The Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (You WiN!) Programme is a collaboration of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Communication Technology (CT), the Ministry of Youth Development and the Ministry of Women Affairs and Social Development that will launch an annual Business Plan Competition (BPC) for aspiring young entrepreneurs in Nigeria, in line with the Federal Government’s drive to create more jobs for Nigerians. The programme will be implemented in partnership with Nigeria’s private sector, who will be requested to provide funding support.

 

Objectives of the Programme

The main objective of the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (You WiN!) Programme is to generate jobs by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas that will lead to job creation. The programme will provide aspiring youth with a platform to showcase their business acumen, skills and aspirations to business leaders, investors and mentors in Nigeria.

 

Specific Objectives of the Programme include:

  • ·         Attract ideas and innovations from young entrepreneurial aspirants from Universities, Polytechnics, Technical colleges, and other post-Secondary institutions in Nigeria.
  • ·         Provide a one-time Equity grant for 1,200 selected aspiring entrepreneurs to start or expand their business concepts and mitigate start up risks.
  • ·         Generate 80,000 to 110,000 new jobs for currently unemployed Nigerian youth over the three years during which the three cycles will be implemented.
  • ·         Provide business training for up to 6,000 aspiring youth entrepreneurs spread across all geo-political zones in Nigeria.
  • ·         Encourage expansion, specialization and spin-offs of existing businesses in Nigeria.
  • ·         Enable young entrepreneurs to access a wide business professional network and improve their visibility.

 

Please Note!!!

  • ·         YouWiN is an equity contribution to your business. It is therefore NOT A LOAN but a grant.
  • ·         Award recipients will be paid according to the needs of the business and specific mile-stones stated in the business plan.
  • ·         Award recipients must be registered with CAC before disbursement of funds even though they do not need to be registered to apply. YouWiN will support the registration process.
  • ·         Award recipients will operate accounts using their registered companies with any of the participating commercial banks prior to disbursement.
  • ·         Award recipients must sign a grant agreement with the managers of YouWiN before disbursement of funds.

www.youwin.org.ng

https://www.youwin.org.ng/howapply.php

Call for Participation: YouWIN Business Clinics organised by WIMBIZ

As part of our efforts to be the catalyst that elevates the profile and
influence of women and their contribution to nation building, WIMBIZ in
partnership with Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN!)
announces YouWiN! Women; a business plan competition which is an
entrepreneurial scheme borne out of the need to curb the increasing rate
of unemployment amongst Nigerian youth.  This is the second year of the
competition and the focus on women for this round is to increase the
number of women participating in the competition.  Last year, of the 1,200
awardees in the first YouWiN! project, only 18% were female.

About You WIN: 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.

WIMBIZ is partnering with YouWiN! to mobilise women in the South West and
South-South States of the country. The aim is to expose them to the
extensive possibilities in the Nigerian business environment. 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.

Please save the dates and attend one of the business clinics near you if

you are interested in applying for the competition. The dates for the
business clinics in the various States is below and the venue will be
confirmed at a later date:

•       Saturday 22nd September, 2012 in Lagos, Osun, Ogun, and Ekiti States
•       Sunday 23rd September, 2012 in   Oyo and Ondo States
•       Saturday 29th September, 2012 in Delta, Rivers and Cross River States
•       Sunday 30th September 2012 in Edo, Bayelsa, Oyo and Akwa Ibom States

The business clinic would run and assist candidates through a generic
template for submission of their business plan. The age criteria are 18-45
and N10, 000,000.00 is up for grabs. A minimum academic qualification of
OND/HND is required, it’s of utmost importance that you attend one of the
business clinics.

For more information please do not hesitate to contact Ayomide on
08034946249 or 08033897428 or by email to Ayomide@wimbiz.org

Winners of the YouWIN Business Plan Competition Announced!

The Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (You WiN!) Programme ; a collaboration of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Communication Technology (CT), and the Ministry of Youth Development that launched an annual Business Plan Competition (BPC) for aspiring young entrepreneurs in Nigeria, in line with the Federal Government’s drive to create more jobs for Nigerians has announced 1,200 inner across the 6 geo-political zones of Nigeria .

With the objectives to generate jobs by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas that will lead to job creation. The programme provided aspiring youth with a platform to show case their business acumen, skills and aspirations to business leaders, investors and mentors in Nigeria.

Specific Objectives of the Programme included to:

Attract ideas and innovations from young entrepreneurial aspirants from Universities, Polytechnics, Technical colleges, and other post-Secondary institutions in Nigeria;

Provide a one time Equity grant for 1,200 selected aspiring entrepreneurs to start or expand their business concepts and mitigate start up risks;

Generate 40,000 to 50,000 new jobs for currently unemployed Nigerian youth over the three years during which the three cycles will be implemented;

Provide business training for up to 6,000 aspiring youth entrepreneurs spread across all geo-political zones in Nigeria; Encourage expansion, specialization and spin-offs of existing businesses in Nigeria; and, Enable young entrepreneurs to access a wide business professional network and improve their visibility.

For a list of the 1200 winners,download it HERE

For more information,visit: http://www.youwin.org.ng

Call for Entries: You WiN! Business Plan Competition

The Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (You WiN!) Programme is a collaboration of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Communication Technology (CT), and the Ministry of Youth Development that will launch an annual Business Plan Competition (BPC) for aspiring young entrepreneurs in Nigeria, in line with the Federal Government’s drive to create more jobs for Nigerians. The programme will be implemented in partnership with Nigeria’s private sector, who will be requested to provide funding support.

 Objectives of the programme 

 The main objective of the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (You WiN!) Programme is to generate jobs by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas that will lead to job creation. The programme will provide aspiring youth with a platform to show case their business acumen, skills and aspirations to business leaders, investors and mentors in Nigeria.

Specific Objectives of the Programme include to:

  • Attract ideas and innovations from young entrepreneurial aspirants from Universities, Polytechnics, Technical colleges, and other post-Secondary institutions in Nigeria;
  • Provide a one time Equity grant for 1,200 selected aspiring entrepreneurs to start or expand their business concepts and mitigate start up risks;
  • Generate 40,000 to 50,000 new jobs for currently unemployed Nigerian youth over the three years during which the three cycles will be implemented;
  • Provide business training for up to 6,000 aspiring youth entrepreneurs spread across all geo-political zones in Nigeria;
  • Encourage expansion, specialization and spin-offs of existing businesses in Nigeria; and,
  • Enable young entrepreneurs to access a wide business professional network and improve their visibility.

PLEASE NOTE!!!

    • YouWiN is an equity contribution to your business. It is therefore NOT A LOAN but a grant.
    • Award recipients will be paid according to the needs of the business and specific mile-stones stated in the business plan.
    • Award recipients must be registered before disbursment of funds even though they do not need registeration to apply. You/wiN will support the registeration process.
    • Award recipients will opperate accounts using their registered companies, with any of the participating commercial banks prior to disbursment.
    • Award recipients must sign a grant agreement with the managers of YouWin before disbursment of funds.

 For more information,visit: http://www.youwin.org.ng