Firm to celebrate outstanding young entrepreneurs
For distinguishing themselves in their chosen careers, the management of SME 100 Nigeria at the weekend said it is set to celebrate 25 entrepreneurs under the age of 25.
SME 100 is a social enterprise that helps to bridge the gap for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) to succeed by providing requisite skills and orientation to business owners.
The award, which is the second of its kind, is a selection process from a myriad of organisations from different sectors, set up by young entrepreneurs under the age of 25 that have recorded tremendous growth within two years of establishment.
The Director of Programmes, SME100, Mr. Brian Oji, said that the intention was to motivate young people to go into business as well as to encourage them, adding that the monetary gains were not the real reasons but to push the young people to be creative.
Oji, who said the selection had been whittled down to 100 from 3,500, added that the final successful 25 members would be presented with the awards on August 26, 2017.
According to him, the final 25 nominees were decided by the board of trustees of the organisation based on laid down criteria.
The sectors where the nominees were selected from were cyber security, agriculture, software development, event planning, public relations and advertising, among others.
Speaking further, Oji said that the award was targeted at giving visibility to SMEs and helping young people to become what they want to be, adding that it was “an extra push to get young people to where they aspire to be.”
Also speaking, a partner with AME 100 Nigeria, Mr. Ifashi Mark, lauded the programme saying that Nigeria had depended so much on oil resources that the SMEs were crippled.