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APPLY: Forbes8 launches Nigeria’s first digital startup accelerator program

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  •  Program aimed to support business resilience during COVID19 pandemic 

Forbes8 has announced the launch of Nigeria’s First Resilience Digital Startup Accelerator program.

The free virtual accelerator will welcome 100 top companies from Nigeria.

Founders selected for the program will undergo 4 intensive weeks of digital training to help build and scale their companies for the future.

“Forbes Magazine is an iconic brand that has graced our business culture for over a century (since 1917).

“Forbes recently launched Forbes8 – a Netflix for entrepreneurs community platform to provide access to its top business mogul community so we can show you “how to make it” and thrive as a business pioneer today”, said the Managing Partner at Global Startup Ecosystem, Christine Ntim.

The Nigeria’s first digital startup accelerator program hosted by Forbes8 and powered by the Global Startup Ecosystem  is making a historic move to train and support Nigerian small and medium size businesses and scaling startups.

Global Startup Ecosystem

Global Startup Ecosystem

Who can participate?

The Forbes8 digital accelerator program is open to all small businesses, startups, and freelancers.

Startups can apply for admission to the Forbes8 digital accelerator on a rolling basis between May 5th- May 26th.

The program is free. No equity ask. No obligation.

Other benefits

Accepted companies will have access to live virtual accelerator training for 4 weeks, access to the Forbes8 community and access to $100k in free credits and perks from AWS, Google Cloud, IBM Cloud and Sendgrid.

How to Apply:

Applications are now open and close on May 26th. Apply Now 

Saviour Adugba is a journalist by day and a poet by night. He is fascinated by the internet of things, virtual reality and connecting the dots for brands. Saviour is the Lead, Content Development at TechEconomy.ng.

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APPLY: $12,000 funding available under Google Podcasts Creator Program

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Google’s and PRX’s podcast accelerator and training program for producers is back.

They are calling for applications before the closing date of Sunday 2 August 2020. 

Successful applicants with an existing podcast who want to advance their skills and take their productions to the next level will receive: 

  • Regular feedback on all aspects of their production, including editorial and technical input;
  • Training on topics such as storytelling, sound design, and reaching audiences through marketing and engagement;
  • Equipment and software to help meet independent production needs amid the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic; and,
  • Up to $12,000 in funding for use as they see fit for their productions.

All training will be free, entirely virtual, and conducted by PRX alongside international industry experts and Google Podcasts creator program alumni.

How to Apply:

Visit google.prx.org to apply.

Meanwhile, black, Indigenous and People of Colour (BIPOC) podcasters and creators from traditionally marginalised groups are encouraged to apply.   

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Konga revives affiliate programme ‘YUBOSS’, set to employ over 100,000 Nigerians

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Composite e-Commerce giant, Konga has revived YUBOSS, a stellar reseller scheme now re-christened as Konga Affiliate through which it is offering millions of smart unemployed and under-employed Nigerians an opportunity to earn unlimited income and ultimately achieve economic freedom by partnering with the company.

Equally important, the Konga Affiliate programme which grants successful applicants instant sign-up at affiliate.konga.com offers a comprehensive partnership to affiliates.

Built upon the very popular YUBOSS scheme which the company floated under Yudala, the central idea behind the revamped Konga Affiliate programme is Konga’s burning ambition to reach the unreached and under-served Nigerians in the hinterlands and other parts of the country through the affiliates whom it has identified as critical partners in this initiative. This is in addition to the desire to reach more of the growing band of savvy, quality-minded Nigerians in search of a reliable channel for their purchases.

Specifically, the programme affords affiliates who sign up a chance to earn unrestricted income through mouth-watering commissions on every successful sale of products on the Konga platform. Most importantly, hardworking and successful affiliates can grow through the ranks to ultimately become the owner of a Konga franchise store.

Further setting apart the Konga Affiliate programme is the immense benefits it offers affiliates. These include access to Konga’s world class assets including its global supply chain, massive warehousing facilities for bulk deals, swift delivery of orders through Kxpress, its in-house logistics company which boasts advanced delivery capabilities, digital payments through KongaPay, a Central Bank of Nigeria-licensed e-wallet as well as round-the-clock customer service support. Affiliates can also enjoy access to credit facilities and training resources, mentorship opportunities with renowned entrepreneurs and global business leaders as well as sponsorship of mega deals and contracts.

In addition, the programme which has a structured progression path has been touted as a useful way out of the current harsh economic crunch and rising unemployment which has hindered the ambitions of millions of smart Nigerians in search of opportunities to make an honest living.

The dire situation is further compounded by the rampaging COVID-19 pandemic which has hobbled businesses the world over and in Nigeria.

Prince Nnamdi Ekeh, Co-Chief Executive Officer, Konga Group, says the company is looking for hardworking, determined Nigerians it can empower and invest in to create wealth through the programme.

‘‘The Konga Affiliate programme which we have relaunched online at affiliate.konga.com is one of the strategies we are deploying in providing creative employment opportunities for millions of Nigerian youths. Our target remains the unemployed and under-employed. In fact, we are looking for partners that we can invest in through the programme.

‘‘As it stands, one of our ambitions at Konga is to ensure we reach more of the unreached and under-served Nigerians in majority of the 774 local governments across Nigeria.

‘‘There is no doubt that unemployment is on the rise. However, the efforts of government in creating jobs cannot cater to the army of unemployed and under-employed which is rising by the day. Through the Konga Affiliate programme, we are giving many Nigerians a way out of their current difficult circumstances into ultimate economic freedom.

‘‘Our goal is to see each successful affiliate, in turn, become an employer of labour. This is one of the fastest ways of reducing the spiralling unemployment and under-employment rates in Nigeria and giving hope to many,’’ he concluded.

Intending affiliates can register for a chance to join the programme at affiliate.konga.com

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Lagos kicks off jobs initiative for one million youths in tertiary institutions

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu

BY: Chisom Ada

The Lagos State Government has kicked off the ‘Jobs Initiative Lagos’ programme for youths in eight Lagos-based tertiary institutions.

The programme was designed as a complementary training for students in final and penultimate year in entrepreneurship, employability and basic digital skills required for the workplace.

A statement issued by the Office of the Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab, noted that the essence of the programme is to fill the documented gaps in the current curriculum that is essential in the employment market and enhances the employability of graduates in Nigeria’s Centre of Excellence, Lagos.

He said candidates who registered through www.jobsinlagos.ng and complete the programme will get an opportunity to be featured on jobs portal from where partner corporate organisations can select fresh graduates for recruitment.

Wahab disclosed further that the initiative will run alongside a more robust digital skills campaign ‘Digital Skills Initiative Lagos’ www.dsilagos.ng aimed at empowering over one million young people in the State by 2023 with digital skills, which will invariably position Lagos as the Tech Hub of Africa.

According to him, students in secondary schools in Lagos would have access to well-trained instructors while those out of school would be able to access digital skills training and various internship opportunities as they complete the programmes.

He said, “The projects are being coordinated by LoftyInc Allied Partners Limited – an innovative development company that grows start-up teams, manages innovation programmes and facilitates impact projects in West Africa”.

The Special Adviser averred that LoftyInc, an award-winning pioneer in Nigeria’s innovation sector, is in partnership with Microsoft, VMware’s IT Academy, Wennovation Hub, LoftyInc Capital Management and a host of other corporates.

Wahab explained that the first phase of the ‘Jobs Initiatives Lagos’ kicked off in June and will continue over the next four months leveraging on the virtual learning platform, while the ‘Digital Skills Initiative Lagos’ will commence virtually until the ease of the lockdown necessitated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

He maintained that the two programmes are in sync with the T.H.E.M.E.S Agenda of the present administration in Lagos State, wherein Education is a key pillar with a multiplier effect on human capital development and ecosystem.

The programmes, which are initiatives of the Lagos State Ministry of Education, are being supervised and coordinated by the Office of Special Adviser to the Governor on Education, Mr. Tokunbo Wahab.

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