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You Win 2013 Registration is out. Get 10 Million Naira For Your Business Plan

Nigerian President, Goodluck Jonathan, recently  announced lunch the third phase of  YOU WIN 2013 Registration  Youth Enterprise With Innovation programme.
 
Addressing a gathering of young entrepreneurs and government officials at the ceremony marking the initiative’s third anniversary, which held at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, the President reiterated that YOU WIN was founded to tackle the growing unemployment rate.

Nigeria had a high percentage of unemployed youth of about 35 per cent at the beginning of his administration.

“The YOU WIN Programme is unique in the sense that it depends on the Nigerian youth to create jobs for the Nigerian youths,” he explained.

He reminded the gathering of his promise to make available a minimum of 80,000 jobs through the programme and announced that over 26,000 direct jobs have been created across 6 geo-political zones.

Speaking at the event, the Minister of Finance, Okonjo Iweala, said the government initiative allowed Nigerian youths to pursue their entrepreneurial dreams. The YOU WIN programme was created to “empower our youth to start or expand existing businesses and to create jobs, not only for themselves but for their peers.”

The programme is implemented as an annual business plan competition in which winners win grants up to the sum of 10 million Naira (about 64,000 dollars).
The first cycle of the initiative received less than 24,000 applications while about 65,000 applications were received in the second run.

Okonjo-Iweala said that the success recorded was indicative of the trust youths now have in the country via the YOU WIN programme. ‘They believe in YOU WIN,” she added.
President Jonathan inspected an exhibition of businesses which winners of the Youth Enterprise With Innovation Nigeria, YOU WIN, programme have established.

At an exhibition, beneficiaries of the first batch of YOU WIN showed the President what they had achieved with the grants they got from the government.

Remarks By President,

1. Let me warmly welcome you all to the 3rd Edition of the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN) Programme. YouWiN! was borne out of our administration’s desire to vigorously confront the growing unemployment rate among the vibrant youth population in our country.

2. When we came into office in 2011, youth unemployment in the country stood at a staggering 35%. We considered this unacceptable, and in response, we launched a number of initiatives, which included YouWiN!, to help create jobs for our citizens.

3. The YouWiN programme is unique in the sense that it depends on Nigerian youths to create jobs for Nigerian youths. The programme supports enterprising young men and women to establish and grow businesses that enable them employ their peers and others. I promised that this programme will create at least 80,000 jobs.

4. I am happy to report that so far, over 26,000 direct jobs have been created across our six geopolitical zones in various sectors of the economy. This includes 22,000 from YouWiN 1 and nearly 5,000 from YouWiN 2 (YouWiN Women) which commenced disbursement just in September.

5. Let me reiterate that I believe strongly in the youth of this country. They are not only vibrant; they are intelligent, resilient and hard working. When provided the right environment, tools and opportunities, they will transform the economic future of our great country.

6. In its short run, there have been so many winning stories from the YouWiN programme. The success rate in implementation and in operation is commendable. The exhibition by a few of the awardees which I have just reviewed, confirms that our youths are indeed, industrious and highly talented.

7. With targeted support, the products and services on display here will compete with the best in the world. They will not only serve our domestic needs, they are potentially export revenue earners for this country.

8. I am exceedingly pleased to learn that some of our youths who received only training and capacity building support, without financial grants, have proven their entrepreneurial skills by starting their own businesses and employing other youths. These commendable efforts challenge us to do more for our youths in the areas of entrepreneurship and job creation.

9. It is also encouraging that the programme retains its significance as a uniting platform for beneficiaries from all across the country. The synergy formed, the relationship forged and the networking opportunities created, will last well into the future, to the benefit of the nation.

10. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, the YouWiN! Programme demonstrates this administration’s commitment to reward, merit and performance. YouWiN! Grant recipients can confirm that they received the award without ‘knowing’ anybody. There is no ‘godfatherism’ in this programme. Nigeria is the godfather to every one of us.

11. By the end of this 3rd cycle, YouWiN! would have provided entrepreneurship opportunities for 3,600 enterprising youth and created jobs for tens of thousands. The experience and lessons of YouWiN! can now serve as a template for similar entrepreneurship and job creation programmes around the country.

12. Our commitment is to build on the impressive progress we have made. We all agree that many more of our youths need our help and support. YouWiN is a productive and result-driven programme through which concrete outcomes are being achieved.

13. I would like to urge all well-meaning Nigerians, State Governments, Local Governments, Corporate Entities, Civil Society and our International Partners, to join hands to build on the gains of this programme.

14. Finally, I thank all members of the You WiN! Implementation Team, for discharging your roles with a sense of mission, purpose, commitment and patriotism. We are proud of you.

15. Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, it is with pleasure that I declare open, the 3rd Edition of the Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria (YouWiN) Programme. I implore all young Nigerians who fall within the ages of 18 – 45 years to apply.

16. I thank you all.

How To Register For YOU Win 2013

Step 1:  See Who is Eligible to Apply for YouWIN

To be eligible for the Business Plan Competition you must satisfy the following criteria
  • You must be a proven citizen of Nigeria no older than 40 years (proof of identity: International passport/Drivers License/National ID/Voters card required)
  • You must have a post-secondary school qualification
  • Your proposed business venture must be within the national borders of Nigeria, and with the intention of employing Nigerian citizens.
  • Your proposed venture must not entail the production or distribution of weapons, alcoholic beverages, tobacco or/and gambling, or any activities in contradiction with the Nigerian constitution
  • You must prepare an innovative business concept summary
You must choose to participate in one award pool. There are 6 regional pools on the basis of geo-political zone as identified by market in which you want to do business.

Step 2:  See How to Register for YouWIN 2013

Ensure you read this to the end before you continue your application
Register here. You will receive a confirmation email from YouWIN! with all the details you will need to log in. More on how to apply

Step 3: Complete New Business Application
Once you have successfully registered you need to Log in and click the New Business Application button on the right hand-side.You can save your application form as you go along, and come back to it at any time. Once you are happy with your application use the Submit button on the form to send it. You can submit only ONE application.

What next?
After the closing date you will be notified if you have been selected for the next stage of the competition.

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