List of 2015 Grants and funding for Nigerian Entrepreneurs and graduates

Nigerian entrepreneur grants
1. Diamond Bet5  - Closes 23rd July 2015. Apply here
2. US's Partnering Innovation opportunities. There are numerous funding opportunities and grants for various entrepreneurs and organisations.  Apply here
3. US consulate's development diaries- Closes 10th August 2015. Apply here.
4. Win with Wiscar for women under ages 40. Interested women should visit to complete the application form online .
5. Startup open- Rewards for entrepreneurs and funds for business growths. Deadline is October 2015. Register here
6. Shell Live wire Nigeria- The program is an initiative of  Shell Petroleum Development Company of Nigeria Limited (SPDC), operator of the NNPC/Shell/Total/Agip Joint Venture,it supports young business owners between ages 18 -35 years, but you must be from the SPDC catchment areas (Delta, Bayelsa and Rivers states), you will also be required to provide Local government attestation as proof.  So if you qualify, Apply here.

7. CBN-EDC:This is a collaboration between Central bank of Nigeria and Entrepreneurship development center to train people on profitable skills and  equip them with business knowledge. At the end of the training, successful participants with be granted business loans with almost zero interest and taught on how to write great business proposals.There is south west centre in Samonda, Ibadan.  To register, click here

8. Linda Ikeji I'd be self made project: Foremost Nigerian blogger Linda Ikeji, earlier this year announced her grant for young ladies worth millions of Naira to help them set up their businesses and be more self-independent. One of my ex- staff even benefited from this scheme. I wish I can  also  be blessed to follow in her steps. The bedrock of any nation's economy is entrepreneurship and the best way to start is with women and youths as they have the necessary tenacity, courage and endurance required. To know more. Read Linda's post here and here. You will be also inspired. Nothing should stop you from actualizing your dreams.

9. African Innovations Award 2016: 
On April 9th, 2016, The African Innovations Award (AIA) will host its first –ever African Innovations award gala night during the 2nd Annual TEDxAccra event in Accra, Ghana. Criteria: Ages 18-40, innovaton must be geared trowards solcing soceiteal  problems in Technology, Agricultural/Agribusiness, Healthcare or  Energy on the African continent.
All five winners, in each category will receive $5000 each and other prizes from our sponsors.
Deadline: November 30, 2015. To apply  visit here

10. Miles Morlan Foundation Writing Scholarships for Africans 2015: Winner gets $18,000, paid monthly over the course of one year.  Deadline: 31st October, 2015. To apply visit here

11. Mandela Washington Fellowship:  Application deadline is November 11. Check out this infographic for the application timeline for the 2016 Mandela Washington Fellowship, and start working on your application today! The program is powered by the US embassy.
Start here
Mandela Washington Fellowship

12. The BOI  (Bank of Industry ) and NYSC graduate entrepreneurship fund (GEF): 
The loan is between 500k to N2m to assist serving corpers start a business before the end of their youth service. Only genuine Nysc memebers can apply as callup codes will be veified before you can register. To register, go here. Application closes by midnight of 3rd Nov 2015.
nysc gef and boi fund
Will update as more opportunities opens up. The network of business entrepreneurs will be having a summit in November, you will get your answers to all business questions, sponsorships and ideas answered. To request for an invite. Get in touch with any of the contact below.
For more grants and awards  available for Young Africans, check out Youthhub.

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