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Nigeria Creative Enterprise Support Programme delivered in partnership with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office was a programme designed to connect Creative Entrepreneurs and institutions in the fashion and film sectors to share, learn and collaborate in order to develop skills that lead to more professional opportunities for Nigerian entrepreneurs, stimulate UK-Nigeria Hub linkages and help improve their livelihood outcomes.

The programme was made up of two components;

  • The enterprise support which featured three stages of support including training, business incubation and grant awards for fashion and film entrepreneurs in Lagos. One hundred and eight creative entrepreneurs (108)  received intensive training from this component of the programme, of which 51 went on to receive Business incubation which included remote mentoring from the UK, face to face mentoring, provision of workspace, and a 5-day work placement. 14 of them were awarded business grants at the end of the programme.
  • The business advisory to enhance the capability of Hub Managers, Sector support organisation leads and other sector enablers in the fashion and film ecosystem to strengthen the support ecosystem available to fashion and film entrepreneurs in Lagos. This component included in-country training, mentoring activities for 38 hub managers/organisation leads as well as a study tour to the UK for 12 of them hosted by UK fashion and film delivery partners. 

The programme will be scaled up across other countries in West Africa by Q2 2019.

Make sure to watch the videos below for key lessons you can also apply in your creative enterprise. Also catch up on the programme via social media using #CreativityXEnterprise. 

KEY DATES AND FURTHER INFORMATION

14 - 26 January 2019 108 entreprenuers received intensive (artistic and business skills) training in Lagos 
27 January 2019 - 31 March 2019 51 Entrepreneurs received workspace and access to equipment that they need to develop new products and outputs. They also received mentoring, advice and short work placements to improve their understanding of their industry, further strengthen their skills and develop their business plans.
30 March 2019 14 Entrepreneurs were awarded seed funding and 2 with UK study visits.
April - December 2019  Grant recipients will deliver against their plans and milestones 

This programme is in partnership with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.