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British Government Supports Nigerian Entrepreneurs With Grants, Partnerships

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British Government Supports Nigerian Entrepreneurs With Grants, Partnerships

About 10 Nigerian entrepreneurs in the fashion and film industries are benefiting from the Nigeria Creative Enterprise Support Programme.

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The programme is a collaborative effort of four UK and Nigerian partners; Afrinolly (Nigeria) and Henley Business School (UK) for the film sector. Also, The Assembly Innovation Hub and Fashion Foundry (Cultural Enterprise Office, UK).

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Hence, a total of 108 entrepreneurs trained between January and March 2019.

Ten entrepreneurs each emerged from the film and fashion categories after the training.

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The entrepreneurs then pitched their business ideas before a panel of seasoned professionals in the industries who selected the best five entrepreneurs from each category.

Winners of the pitches received start-up grants of N950,000 each, while two entrepreneurs each from both categories received one thousand pounds for business investment.

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All 10 will continue to the business advisory component of the programme which offers training and mentoring activities from hub organisations in Nigeria. Even more, they will enjoy a UK tour hosted by UK fashion and film partners.

Country director of the British Council, Lucy Pearson, who was on the panel said:

“The creativity and originality of the ideas in Nigeria are great. There is potential in Nigeria and we are happy about being able to unlock the potential.”

To read more, visit www.smefinance.org

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