Firm to cel­e­brate out­stand­ing young en­trepreneurs

Daily Trust - - NEWS - From Eu­gene Agha , Lagos

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.

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