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In last 2 years, the Facebook sponsored “Aspiring Entrepreneurs: Digital Programme” organized by FATE Foundation held across several Nigerian cities. We recorded great impact and engagements across all programmes and reached 640 StartUps providing their Founders with relevant knowledge, tools and skills to grow sustainable and digitally enabled businesses.

Following the impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic across the world and with attendant limitations on movements and in-person interactions, we have redesigned this programme to provide support to startup founders across Nigeria who need as much support as they can get to sustain their innovative business ideas, generate revenue and create jobs.  The programme and curriculum will focus strongly on business model pivot, digital strategy enablement and financial literacy particularly cashflow management. We believe that this knowledge and skills are essential for times like this and will enable the selected entrepreneurs build their resiliency and competitive advantage during and after this crisis period.

We are excited that Facebook will be providing the grant support to cover all tuition and programme needs for the selected entrepreneurs this year thereby making it FREE.

To qualify, entrepreneurs must be graduates with startups that have already launched, be computer literate, aged 25-40 years and have access to a digitally enabled device. Each applicant will also be required to upload relevant documents as indicated with detailed information about them and their business as the case might be.

COURSE FEATURES

 Sessions:       48

 Duration:    6 Weeks

 Business Level:  Early/StartUp Stage

 Language:    English

 Class Size:      30

 Certificate:     Yes

 Learning style:   E-Learning workshops, webinars, group activities, case studies and book reviews.

Structure and Curriculum

With the existence of the novel COVID-19 pandemic, a lot of businesses have come perilously close to quitting while many others have abandoned their original ideas and/or had to pivot drastically. The AEP Digital (Virtual Edition) curriculum has been designed to provide insight to aspiring and budding entrepreneurs to see diverse market potentials, understand how to create a structured business model and learn and use digital strategy to grow their businesses. The curriculum is themed “Building a Digitally Enabled StartUp in the COVID-19 Pandemic” and will also enable the entrepreneurs implement strategies that will ensure online visibility using different digital tools and strategies.

These sessions will be facilitated by various industry leaders and professionals across the entrepreneurship ecosystem using a pedagogy approach to build networks amongst the entrepreneurs and encourage group/team work for better learning. The robust learning structure is a combination of virtual interactive class sessions, workshops, case studies,  entrepreneurship book reviews, plenary sessions, masterclasses and group activities.

Key Benefits and Learning Outcomes

  • Business Model Strategies & Pivot
  • Digital Marketing Strategies & Enablement
  • Financial Literacy and Cashflow Management
  • Financing Strategies
  • Access to Free Digital Tools and Platforms
  • Data Support to Enable participation in the Programme
  • Facebook Ad Credits for Winners of In Programme and Pitch Competitions
  • Access to FATE Foundation’s Business Advisory and Support Services

The virtual learning sessions per programme stream will run for a period of six (6) weeks.

Application is Ongoing:

Rivers:                       June 15, 2020 – July 24, 2020

Lagos:                        June 15, 2020 – July 24, 2020

Cross River:             July 27, 2020 – September 4, 2020

Kwara:                       July 27, 2020 – September 4, 2020

Edo:                           September 7, 2020 – October 16, 2020

Ogun:                        September 7, 2020 – October 16, 2020

Abia:                          October 19, 2020 – November 27, 2020

Enugu:                      October 19, – November 27, 2020

Lagos II:                   March 1, 2021- April 9, 2021

Kano:                         January 18, 2021 – February 26, 2021

Plateau:                     January 18, 2021 – February 26, 2021

Oyo:                           March 1, 2021-April 9, 2021

Application Deadlines:

Application For Rivers Has Been Closed

Application For Lagos Has Been Closed

Cross River:            5th July, 2020

Kwara:                      5th July, 2020

Edo:                         16th August, 2020

Ogun:                       16th August, 2020

Abia:                          4th October, 2020

Enugu:                      4th October, 2020

Lagos II:                    22nd November, 2020

Kano:                         22nd November, 2020

Plateau:                    7th February, 2021

Oyo:                          7th February, 2021

Application

Stage I: Interested applicants must complete the application form here and upload the following documents:

1. A Profile Picture (headshot facing camera)

2. School Certificate or Statement of Result  from an Accredited Tertiary Institution

3. Birth Certificate

4. Resume

5. C.A.C. Certificate

6. Proof of Business Registration and/or Operations within the State

Stage II: Following a review of all received applications, 50 candidates will be shortlisted for a 10-20 minutes phone/video interview after which 30 applicants will be shortlisted for each stream.

Through the support of Facebook, the programme is FREE to all entrepreneurs who successfully scale through the two application stages. This scholarship support from Facebook covers all direct course fees including course materials, books and post programme support.

This is a city by city virtual training and it is expected that each entrepreneur enrolled for the programme must be from the location/city where you have applied for the programme. This will also be verified during the shortlisting/selection process.

To apply, click here: www.fatefoundation.org/aepdigital

Additional Post Programme Benefits

·         Access to mentoring and business advisory support from FATE Foundation

·         Funding and Market Linkages

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible, you must be:

·         Between 25 – 40 years old

·         Computer Literate

·         Have Access to a Laptop or Data Enabled Device

·         Have already registered and launched a business.

·         Have graduated from an Accredited Tertiary Level Institution

·         Must be able to participate all through the required programme duration

When Can I Apply?

Applications will be open from May 27, 2020 and will be on a rolling basis as each new city stream starts. We recommend applicants to register 3 weeks before the start of the programme in each city as that is when shortlisting and interviews commence.

How many entrepreneurs are you selecting per stream?

30 entrepreneurs will be selected for each city.

Is there a Fee to Participate?

There is no Fee. The programme is free as all selected entrepreneur will be on a Scholarship that has been provided by Facebook.

How Do I Know if my Application Has Been Successful?

Only applicants shortlisted to the second stage will be contacted. If your application is successful, you will be contacted for the next stage.

Can I make changes to my application after I have submitted or do I do a Fresh Application Instead?

No. You cannot make changes after your application has been summited. Once you have submitted, it becomes final and you will not be able edit the application. Also, multiple entries will be disqualified. So we encourage you to verify your application carefully before submitting.

What is the time involvement expected for participants?

Each stream will run for a period of six (6) weeks and with an average of about 2-3 days involvement per week.

Can a member of my team replace me in the programme?

No. Only the business owner/founder/co-founder is allowed to participate in the programme

Where Should I Send any Enquiries?

Email aep@fatefoundation.org. Also follow @FATE Foundation on Facebook and Instagram to keep up to date