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  SMEs or startups in Nigeria seeking funding, mentorship, and business support can apply for the StarNews, USAID, and GBEF Business Competition in partnership with MTN for Nigerian entrepreneurs.
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To be eligible for the program:

  1. The business must be 50% Nigerian-owned and operated.
  2. Businesses must be registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC) in Nigeria.
  3. Business activities must be taking place in Africa.
  4. A business must have a web or social media presence with at least 1,000 followers.
  5. The business must have been operating for at least two years.
  6. Businesses must be making a positive impact on Africa and contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Some of the benefits of the program include:

  1. Mentorship from industry experts.
  2. Funding opportunities to accelerate your business.
  3. Potential partnerships to expand your brand.
  4. Exposure to tools for driving Nigeria’s socio-economic development.
  5. Additional mentorship is provided by the Global Black Economic Forum Academy.
  6. Every participant will gain exclusive access to the extensive investor network of StarNews to boost their growth.

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  • 1st Prize: N5,000,000 (Five Million Naira)
  • 2nd Prize: N3,000,000 (Three Million Naira)
  • 3rd Prize: N2,000,000 (Two Million Naira)
The deadline for applications is June 15, 2024. Click HERE to apply.
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This article was first published on 10th June 2024 and updated on June 17th, 2024 at 1:04 pm


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