Nigeria Business Plan Competition

First Bank

Fashion industry entrepreneurs, this is a great opportunity you shouldn’t miss ! If you have an intriguing business idea or  think your business is commercially viable, here is your chance to receive funding to help support and execute your business with the inaugural Nigeria Business Plan Competition.

Top fifteen entries will receive training at the prestigious Lagos Business School and audience with potential investors. 

Top three entries will also win cash prizes to develop their businesses.

For more information/To Enter:


Location: Visit the following FIRST BANK branches in Lagos, Abuja, Port Harcourt and Enugu.



Port Harcourt


Awolowo Road

 Chevron Branch

 Iganmu Branch

 Marina Branch

 Apapa Main Branch

 Ikeja Industrial Branch

 Ilupeju Branch

Coomasie House Branch

Shippers Plaza Branch

Wuse Branch

 Bolingo Branch

 Jos Street Branch


Port Harcourt Garrison Branch

Port Harcourt Main Branch

Port Harcourt Trans Amadi Branch


Emena Industrial Estate Branch

Abakpa Branch

New Haven Branch



Entry Deadline has been extended until Friday August 14th, 2009.

Begin filling your application form today!

Even  More Details from the organizers:

Nigerian Leadership Initiative:

The Nigeria Leadership Initiative (NLI) was established in January 2006 as an international non-profit, non-partisan organization. The mission statement of NLI is to create a growing global network of credible and very accomplished community-spirited Nigerian leaders who are committed to taking responsibility for driving positive change in Nigeria and Nigerian communities.  NLI provides a platform for highly accomplished, uniquely qualified older and younger Nigerian leaders to enhance or develop their values-based leadership skills and to assume a transformative role in the future development of Nigeria. The Leadership seminars are by invitation and designed for three main groups:

  1. A Senior Leaders class for some of the most successful, credible and senior Nigerians in the Diaspora and in Nigeria. 
  2. A Future Leaders class for emerging public and private leaders in Nigeria and their peers in the Diaspora.
  3. A Special Seminar for the President, Government Ministers and Advisers.
  4. NLI is implementing a similar program for universities in Nigeria and the United Kingdom

Barely three years since its establishment, NLI has made remarkable progress in promoting initiatives focused on developing and sustaining values-based leadership amongst Nigerians based locally and internationally. These initiatives have been carried out in various forms such as Seminars, Leadership Projects, and Essay Competitions and have helped to increase engagement between the citizenry and the leadership. NLI is now poised to build on all the work started so far with projects such as its National Reorientation Programme and its Business Plan Competition.  For more information on NLI’s programs please visit

Nigeria Leadership Initiative Business Plan Competition:

The Nigeria Leadership Initiative Inaugural Business Plan Competition (BPC) is an effective program to build entrepreneurship skill and kick start Small & Growing Business (SGB) development. Objectives include:

(i)       To identify entrepreneurs with high potential business ideas;

(ii)     Provide selected entrepreneurs with training, mentoring and access to capital;

(iii)    Act as a channel for equity and loan funds to the resulting SGBs;

(iv)   Stimulate economic development through the creation of jobs and growth businesses. 

Top fifteen entries will participate free of charge in a business plan training program at the Lagos Business School and audience with potential investors to pitch their business.  Top three entries will also win cash prizes to develop their businesses.  The deadline for entries is August 14th, 2009.

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