KickStart begins fresh training, sponsorship of young entrepreneurs

As part of efforts to alleviate poverty and instill the spirit of entrepreneurship among youths, KickStart programme has began a fresh search for young entrepreneurs in the South West region with a view to training and supporting their ventures with startup grants.

Besides, the scheme, which is an initiative of International Breweries Plc Foundation, would provide support to ambitious young entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 years through encouragement, access to fund practical training in the business of their dreams.

Specifically, having been identified by government as having a huge potential for employment generation, it will also give the trainees a cash reward of about N2 million to start and uplift their businesses.

The ultimate goal of the programme, the firm disclosed, is to help build a young, and prosperous society by helping to create a culture of entrepreneurship among the youths, thereby reducing youth unemployment and improve the economic fortunes, especially for youths of the South West.

To qualify for the grant, the trainees must be willing to operate the business on a fulltime basis, have an innovative business idea in need of a start-up capital, or should already have an existing small businesses that needs capital to expand operations with valid identification as at the last day of the application.

According to the organisers, interested candidates can apply to the International Breweries Plc Foundation KickStart website, which online applications opens on October 9, 2017 and closes on November 6, 2017.

Since the scheme began in 2015, it has supported more than 49 young entrepreneurs in the South West just as it has also provided training and business insights to over 300 applicants by giving them the needed support to start their businesses or to take their businesses to the next level.



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