The Aspiring Entrepreneurs Programme (AEP) is for aspiring and existing enterprise leaders looking to grow and build successful and sustainable businesses. To date, the program has graduated over 6000 entrepreneurs across 30 states in Nigeria and counting. With a diverse spread of Alumni across all major sectors and industries in Nigeria, the AEP was our first flagship course that provided much-needed knowledge, tools, and support to understand the fundamentals of building a business to effectively generate income for themselves, create jobs and also contribute to Nigeria’s economic development.

The AEP emphasizes a future-ready curriculum and programme support structure for individuals looking to grow and build successful local and global businesses even in these challenging times.

The AEP is Nigeria’s Longest Running Entrepreneurship Certificate Programme

Our target participants are aspiring and existing enterprise leaders who are:

  • Ideation, Early-Stage or Start-up Entrepreneurs
  • Looking to validate their Product and Service prototypes.
  • Interested in building sustainable business models.
  • Desire to build effective structures & business processes.
  • Eager to expand their revenue generation capacity; and
  • Are desirous of creating value-adding jobs and impacting their sectors and value chains.

The programme leverages the expertise of our C-level professionals as faculty members, who are experts in their various industries within different landscapes in the entrepreneur ecosystem.

For details about the AEP curriculum structure content and benefits, click here to download the brochure.

The curriculum is designed to offer an all-inclusive set of courses that addresses all the key tools needed in starting and running an effective business.

The programme goes beyond teaching theoretical concepts and frameworks to provide practical hands-on application in the current business realities by developing market-driven products and services.

These sessions are facilitated by various giants of industries across the entrepreneurial value chain, with a learning structure that includes interactive class sessions, workshops, case studies, and group activities.

Lectures will be delivered in modules that afford participants the flexibility of time to run their businesses or jobs, while they participate in the programme. The core part of the program will include the following modules:

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Ideation & design thinking
  • Business Modeling
  • Effective Marketing & Sales
  • Finance Fundamentals
  • Managing People
  • Nuts &Bolts for your Business.
  • Managing & Growing your Business
  • Technology & Digital Growth

The Aspiring Entrepreneur Programme (AEP) will take place twice a week for 10 weeks for the Weekday Cohort and for the Weekend Cohort, it will be once a week on Saturdays for 14 weeks using cutting-edge classroom management tools.

As the classes progress, participants will be working on developing their plans and making immediate improvements in their respective businesses where necessary.

  • Hybrid Facilitator-Led Sessions, 10 Contact Hours Per week (80% Physical, 20% Virtual)
  • Workshops and Seminars
  • Guidance to Develop Your Business Plan
  • Case Studies of Leading Businesses
  • Books including the 7 Set Nigerian Entrepreneur’s Handbook
  • Industry Visit and CEO Chat
  • Top-notch members of Faculty and Resources
  • Enterprise Knowledge to start and grow your business.
  • Business Plan Developer Tool
  • Books and Research reports
  • 3 Months of Mentoring Support
  • Growth Support and Advisory Services.
  • Funding Linkage
  • Membership in FATE Alumni Network
  • Networking opportunity with other participants
AEP Regular WeekendJune 1st - August 31, 2024Tuesday 16th April - May 28thEarly Bird - May 24th
AEP VirtualJuly 4th - Sept. 20, 2024Tuesday 16th, April - June 28thEarly Bird - June 23rd

Program Fees

Registration: N5,000

Tuition N420,000 

The cost is all-inclusive of books, case studies, materials, and other program resources. (Payment Plans and Discount available).

All fees are payable to:

Account Name: TFFL/AEP Digital
Account Number: 0467875064
Bank: Guaranty Trust Bank (GTBank)

For more information and clarification, kindly send an email to [email protected] or call +234 701 530 0490.

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be minimum of 25years old.
  • Be Computer Literate
  • Be able to read, write and communicate in English.
  • Career professionals looking to start or running a business enterprise.
  • Business CEOs and Managers looking to structure and optimise their business operation.
  • Business Developers manager

When Can I Apply?

Applications will be open from 26 January 2024. We recommend applicants to register by 2 weeks before the start of the programme.

How many entrepreneurs are you selecting?

Forty (40) Entrepreneurs

Is there a fee to participate?

Yes, there is. An all-inclusive fee of N395, 000.

Will there be weekend classes?

Yes, the second cohort for the year is the weekend edition of the programme.

Can I make changes in my application after I have submitted it or can I do a fresh application instead?

No. Once you have submitted, changes can no longer be made. However, your information can be updated once you are onboarded in the programme.

What is the time involvement expected for participants?

The Weekday Classes will run for 2 days a week (Tuesday and Wednesday) for 10 weeks while the weekend Class run just once on Saturdays for 12 weeks. Each of those days will be 4 – 6 hours.

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

No. Only the business owner/founder/co-founder that applied for this programme is allowed to participate.

Where Should I Send any Enquiries?

Kindly send an email to [email protected] or [email protected] or call 07015300490.


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10 Weeks
Business Level
Early/StartUp Stage
Class Size
Learning style
Interactive Learning, Workshops, Seminars, Individual & Group Case Studies, Mentoring, Advisory, Presentations, and Experiential Learning

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