To inspire and empower youth-led micro businesses in Lagos State, Rise Networks, Nigeria’s leading Social Enterprise in Youth and Educational Development with the kind support of the Lagos State Government is staging a Lagos-wide business pitch competition called “Local Governments Youth SME Competition,” and invites young Lagosians between the ages of 18 and 40 to send in their applications for a chance to win N50,000 each.
The competition, a business pitch contest, is part of activities lined up to celebrate the Lagos Youth Week in commemoration of the UN International Youth Day 2018 and will be held across the 5 Administrative Divisions covering the 20 local government areas of Lagos State namely: Ikeja, Badagry, Ikorodu, Lagos Island and Epe.
The competition which starts by 10am on the 6th of August and ends on the 10th of August will be held in the 5 different divisions of Lagos at the following venues and dates – Ikeja Division comprising Agege, Ifako-Ijaiye, Kosofe, Mushin, Alimosho, Oshodi-Isolo, Somolu Local Governments will be held on the 6th of August, 2018 at the Agege Stadium.
Badagry Division comprising Ojo, Amuwo-Odofin, AJeromi-Ifelodun and Badagry Local Governmentw will be held on 7th of August , 2018 at Badagry Grammar School. Ikorodu Division comprising Ikorodu Local Government will be held on the 8th of August,2018 at the Ikorodu Youth Centre, Ita Elewa.
Lagos Island Division comprising Lagos Island, Lagos Mainland, Surulere, Apapa and Eti-Osa Local Governments will be held on 9th August, 2018 at Rowe Park, Yaba. Epe Division comprising Epe and Ibeju-Lekki Local Governments will be held on 10th of August, at the Epe Youth Centre.
Founder of Rise Networks and Social Entrepreneur in Youth Development, Toyosi Akerele-Ogunsiji in a media parley ahead of the event stated that at least 100,000 young people will benefit from the competition.
“The Program will cover an entire Week across all the 20 Local Governments and 5 Divisions of Lagos State, the 5th Largest Economy and we expect at least 50,000 – 100,000 students, young professionals, young artisans, young traders, graduates of tertiary institutions, young entrepreneurs to participate in the various Events lined up for 2018 Lagos Youth Week,” Akerele-Ogunsiji said.
Registrations for the Local Governments Youth SME Competition start from June 30th and will continue till August 3rd. To apply, interested persons should send their name, address, their business ideas and a short text stating why they need the N50,000 to 07060545018.
Initiatives like these ones are telling on the continued commitment of Governor Akinwunmi Ambode’s to driving economic growth through the empowerment of small businesses at the grassroots levels of Lagos State.