Monday, September 17, 2012

YOUWIN-Women: Youth Empowerment Programme 2012 Registration

The Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN!) 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 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. The programme will be implemented in partnership with Nigeria's private sector, who will be requested to provide funding support.

YOUWIN Youth Empowerment Programme 2012 Registration

Are you a fresh graduate, a woman, not above 45 years, why not take advantage and register for this BUSINESS PLAN competition for women?

Winning will afford you the chance of having a grant from the Government to kick start your business.

• 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 disbursment of funds.

YouWin 2012 Competition Timeline
• Mon. Sep 3, 2012: Launch of 2012/2013 Edition of the YouWiN! Business Plan Competition tagged "YouWiN! Women".
• Mon. Sep 3, 2012: First stage business concept submission starts after launch by President Goodluck Jonathan.
Sun. Oct 14, 2012: First stage business concept submission closes. No entries accepted after this date.
• Mon. Oct 15, 2012: Marking of first stage submission by an International Business School.
• Fri. Nov 30, 2012: Notification of successful first stage candidates and invitation for training in each state of the nation.
• Mon. Dec 10, 2012: Training of the 1st set of second stage candidate starts. Trainings will be held in sets on 10 - 21 December 2012 and 2 - 11 January 2013.
• Mon. Dec 10, 2012: Submission of second stage business plan starts on 10 December 2012 and ends 8 February 2013. Please note that only entries from candidates who attended the training and had their biometrics information collected are eligible and will be reviewed.
• Fri. Feb 8, 2013: Submission of second stage business plan entries closes. All qualifying candidates must submit their business plans by this date.
• Mon. Feb 11, 2013: Business plan marking commences with an international business school providing quality assurance.
• Wed. May 1, 2013: Winners are notified and published on website and major national dailies.

Click here to start registration

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