1 I am a young, patriotic and passionate Nigerian citizen, 15 – 29 years old (in accordance with Nigeria’s National Youth Policy 2019 -2023).
2 I reside in one of the 36 States or Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Nigeria.
3 My business is solving a unique problem or provides a new/better way of solving an existing problem (targeting the SDGs or a local problem).
4 My business is beyond the idea stage and have fully kicked off operations. I am running this business full-time.
5 My business sector is: ICT; Agriculture; Manufacturing; Food & Beverage; Hospitality; Creatives; or Professional Services.
6 I have formally incorporated my business and it is not more than five (5) years old.
7 My business is set up as a for-profit business and has potential to scale.
You have done the hardest part of starting up, which is is starting out. Entrepreneurship isn’t for the fearless. As a youth in Nigeria, it’s not easy at all. It is for the youths who are prepared and strong enough to learn from the realities & work past them.
CONGRATULATIONS FOR GETTING THIS FAR!
The NASME National Youth Enterprise Challenge (#NYEC) is an initiative Nigerian Association of Small & Medium Enterprises (NASME) designed to address the major challenges facing youth-led MSMEs in Nigeria: Access to Business Development Support & Access to Finance. #NYEC will empower you (& your team) to learn and build your business on the go!
The #NYEC workflow is as follows:
It is a thorough process that will produce five (5) top youth-led businesses in Nigeria who will be NASME Youth Ambassadors.
#NYEC is offering something new for the Nigerian Youth. It combines features of prize money, business development support and much more to help translate the energy and business endeavours of young entrepreneurs in the country into meaningful impact.
At the end of this experience (doing the work of course!!), you will have the following: