A Non-Governmental Organisation, Activate Success International Foundation (ASIF) has given out startup grants of N200,000 each to 10 entrepreneurs under its Youth Entrepreneurship and Empowerment Programme (YEEP).
ASIF Founder, Love Idoko said, “YEEP was aimed at helping and encouraging young people to maximize their potentials. Over 100 business proposals were received out of which 30 was selected and then scaled down to 10 final beneficiaries.”
She said, “Youths could influence growth in a nation’s economy in many ways because a lot of young people were talented. They are gifted; they have amazing ideas but they lack the support to maximize their potential; they lack the support to implement what they have; to translate their mental picture into actual pictures.”
Idoko further said, “Over the years, we have a lot of programmes to empower the youths; YEEP is held once every year; where youths register from all over Nigeria. We have people coming from all the states of the federation to attend this event and then we brought in young chief executives that have made remarkable achievements in different field to speak to them; share their success story and then they also stand a chance to win startup grants for their businesses.”
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Mr Samson Itodo, Executive Director, Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), advised the beneficiaries to consider it a privilege and maximize the utilization.