Embracing Change with Mastercard: Transforming Nigeria Youth Program

Dive into the Mastercard Transforming Nigeria Youth Program, a joint effort with EDC aimed at empowering the youth and women-led MSMEs in Nigeria.

Igniting the Torch: The Transforming Nigerian Youths Initiative

Imagine a Nigeria bubbling with driven entrepreneurs and resilient change-makers, with most of them being youthful men and women.

This vision forms the crux of the Transforming Nigerian Youths initiative.

Aimed primarily at the vibrant micro, small, and medium enterprises (MSMEs) sector, the initiative seeks to create a broad network of impactful leaders and entrepreneurs among Nigeria’s youth and women.

Collaborative Efforts: Mastercard and the Enterprise Development Centre

Mastercard Foundation, a beacon of hope and growth, has partnered with the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC).

Together, they are setting the stage to bolster the capabilities of 40,000 MSMEs in Nigeria.

In this transformative journey, special emphasis is being placed on empowering women-led enterprises.

Can’t imagine how all of this will be accomplished? Well, the duo is utilizing EDC’s online learning platform and an interactive voice response (IVR) system.

This setup allows learners to access classes from any location, at any time, breaking the barriers of traditional learning.

A Golden Opportunity: The Free Entrepreneurship Course

If you harbor entrepreneurial dreams or are already running a business, here’s your chance to level up.

Sign up for the free Entrepreneurship course provided by EDC in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation-Young Africa Works.

It’s not just an opportunity; it’s an invitation to shape your destiny.

About Mastercard Foundation

Mastercard Foundation envisions a world where every individual, irrespective of their background, has equal opportunities to learn and prosper.

Their conviction is that access to education, financial services, and skills training can open a floodgate of opportunities.

The Foundation’s focus is to uplift economically disadvantaged young people in Africa, encouraging them to elevate their lives, their families, and their communities.

Rewards Galore: The Benefits of the Program

Participating in the program comes with a bouquet of benefits:

  • A personalized plan for your business growth.
  • Rewards like free website design, Google my Business profile, free CAC registration, and a free logo.
  • Free access to markets to showcase your products or services.
  • Acquisition of entrepreneurial skills to scale your venture.
  • One-on-one advisory services for individual attention.
  • Free data to browse for the training.
  • A chance to participate in sector-specific competitions.
  • Access to information on funding opportunities.

The Eligibility Criteria

Are you between the age of 18 and 35 years? Resident in any of the 36 states of Nigeria? Do you have a business or an idea?

If you answered ‘yes’ to all these questions, congratulations, you’re eligible for the program!

The Application Process

If you meet the eligibility criteria and are intrigued by the program, apply at the MasterCard Foundation’s portal on www.reg.smetoolkit.ng.

Let’s get started on your transformative journey

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What is the Transforming Nigerian Youths initiative?

The Transforming Nigerian Youths initiative is a program aimed at building a network of entrepreneurial and management change-makers, primarily among youths and women in Nigeria’s Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) sector.

Who are the collaborators for this initiative?

The initiative is a collaborative effort between the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) and the Mastercard Foundation.

What is the format of the training provided?

The training is provided through EDC’s online learning platform and IVR (Interactive Voice Response), allowing all learners to participate in the classes wherever they are, at any time.

Who is eligible for this program?

The program is for the youths (age 18-35 years) resident in any of the 36 States of Nigeria with a business or an idea.

How can I apply for the program?

Interested and eligible individuals can apply via MasterCard Foundation’s portal on www.reg.smetoolkit.ng

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