|EDC ex-Trainees Make YouWiN Shortlist, Commend ALF
At least three former trainees of the Entrepreneurship Development Centre have made the provisional shortlist of the Federal Government initiative, Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN).
YouWiN is a collaboration of the Ministry of Finance, the Ministry of Communication Technology, and the Ministry of Youth Development that organises 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.
Over 24,000 young Nigerian entrepreneurs entered for the competition when it was launched late last year. About 500 entries were received from Nigerians in the Diaspora, giving it an international appeal.
Despite the competiveness of the initiative, five ex-trainees of the EDC made it through to the second round of screening of which three made the final shortlist as announced by organisers on Monday, March 19, 2012.
The three successful entrepreneurs are Agunbiade Ayodeji Emmanuel, Olajide Samuel Taiwo, and Olawande Tope, who will all be awarded grants by the Federal Government for their businesses.
In a letter of appreciation to the Executive Director of the Africa Leadership Forum (ALF), Mr Ayodele Aderinwale, MFR, the entrepreneurs attributed their success to the comprehensive business training they received at the Entrepreneurship Development Centre (EDC) Lagos, which is managed for the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) by the ALF.
Below is the full text of the letter: