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IGNITE Summit Workshop 2018

lokoja and Zaria. November, 2018.

IGNITE Innovation Lab - Abuja
January , 2019

About IGNITE Innovation Lab and IGNITE Summit 2018

Inspire Africa for Global Impacts Initiative with support from the U.S. Embassy Abuja, is implementing the IGNITE Innovation Lab project that seeks to develop entrepreneurial and leadership skills of young females aged 18 to 35 through intensive training and mentorship.

Participants will receive two days of entrepreneurship training during the Ignite Summit in Lokoja and Zaria (November 2018), with the top 25 females selected to participate in a week-long Ignite Innovation Lab (January 2019). The goal of the Ignite Innovation Lab is to empower young entrepreneurs to successfully co-create innovative and sustainable business ideas that address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals so as to transform their communities, create jobs, and promote economic prosperity of the nation.Five business plans at minimum will be crafted during the lab session, with the top three to receive prizes as seed funding to support their startups. At the end of the project, the beneficiaries will be matched with business experts for continuous mentoring.

Benefits:

  1. Women empowerment: This program directly benefits 300 young females in Nigeria. Females interested in starting or growing their businesses are strongly encouraged to apply.
  2. Funding and mentorship support: Female winners will receive cash prizes, business development and mentorship support, fundraising support and opportunity to pitch to investors.
  3. Capacity Development:This program will expose participants to and widen their knowledge on social entrepreneurship, innovation, design thinking, fundraising.
  4. Participate in SDGs implementation: This program encourages youth and women participation in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals implementation to transform their communities and build economic prosperity.
  5. It’s FREE:Participation for both the Summit and Lab are free. In addition, lab participants will be provided accommodation, feeding and a transport stipend.
  6. International Exposure & Learning Opportunity: Participants will get the chance to compete for a delegate slot to attend the Global Engagement Summit in Chicago, USA.

IGNITE Summit/EXPO Day is an annual event by Inspire Africa which brings together business leaders, entrepreneurs, coaches and young citizens from across the world to Nigeria for the purpose of igniting each other’s vision. Inspire Africa is a not-for-profit organization focused on entrepreneurship education, leadership growth, and business development. Our mission is to energize the entrepreneurial and leadership vision of young people to create jobs, grow the local economy and serve millions of people across sub-Saharan Africa. www.weinspireafrica.org

The goal of the IGNITE Innovation Lab is to empower young entrepreneurs to successfully co-create innovative and sustainable business ideas that address the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals so as to transform their communities, create jobs, and promote economic prosperity of the nation. We will start by hosting IGNITE Summit Workshop 2018 in two Nigerian cities – Lokoja and Zaria,November 2018) respectively to train 300 people on entrepreneurship and business development. Following these program will be Ignite Innovation Lab which is scheduled to take place in January 2019 in Abuja.

The best teams will receive both cash and in-kind support. They will also have opportunity to pitch before a panel of investors for seed/equity funding. Special prizes will also be awarded to best team members to attend the 2019 Global Engagement Summit in Chicago, USA. IGNITE Summit is FREE for all interested participants (Male or Female).

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