The Oxford Foundry, University of Oxford, and FMDQ Private Markets Limited launched a world alliance in July with the goal of fostering partnership and knowledge sharing between the UK and Nigerian angel investing groups.
Two new entrepreneurship programs designed by the University of Oxford are open to aspirant entrepreneurs and innovation-driven firms in Nigeria.
Through co-created programs, the alliance concentrates on high-potential areas such as technology, agriculture, green industries, and healthcare, with applications now available for two of them.
The starting program is the Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Programme (YELP), a four-month virtual program aimed at ambitious young Nigerian leaders aged 21 to 35 years old that will equip them with the expertise, tools, and networks they need to make a positive difference in their communities and country.
The initiative, which is conducted by the University of Oxford’s Oxford Foundry and FMDQ Private Markets Ltd, is intended for young people who want to help Nigeria reach one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Roundtable conversations with top experts in business and entrepreneurship, masterclasses to assist strengthen leadership abilities, and online community social events will all be part of the customized leadership program.
The other program is Innovate Nigeria, a two-week rigorous accelerator designed to help Nigerian innovation-driven companies grow into expandable businesses with the possibility of making a significant social and economic contribution.
A bespoke curriculum concentrating on basic entrepreneurship and venture development skills, one-on-one mentoring with the Oxford Foundry’s network of specialists, leadership coaching, and connections to investors.
In addition, a chance to propose to investors will be provided to successful applicants who have purpose-driven enterprises with a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) based on an innovation that provides a notable competitive edge over existing enterprises are encouraged to apply.
NB: The free virtual class begins at the end of March 2022, and there are five open seats. Applicants must confirm that they are ready to commit to a minimum of 25 hours of programming every week before applying.
How to apply
Interested Nigerian entrepreneurs can apply for the two programs here before Monday, January 31, 2021.
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