2018 Oxfam-EDC SME Development Program for Nigerian Entrepreneurs

Oxfam believes SMEs have the potential to contribute to sustainable growth through increased employment, higher income and relevant products and services for people living in poverty, particularly small holder farmers, youth and women.

To help SMEs live up to their potential, we know they need more than capital alone. Hence, Oxfam provides tailor made business development services to support SMEs in Nigeria, Somalia, Uganda and Vietnam.

We select businesses based on an assessment of their plans and financial potential and on the social impact that they expect to deliver for their community. To ensure businesses deliver on the latter, social impact is monitored consistently from the start and measured over a period of time.

We expect entrepreneurs to contribute to the costs of the business development support to some extent.

 

Requirements:

Oxfam-EDC are looking for companies that have a clear social and/or environmental impact strategy. This includes for example creating jobs for youth, using sustainable resource management solutions, developing renewable energy solutions, sustainable sourcing from local suppliers (e.g. farmers), or selling relevant products/services to low-income Nigerian households.

Any sector is welcome to join, especially agribusiness (the entire value chain), light manufacturing, producers of women’s consumer products, renewable energy and recycling.

 

The following criteria apply to be eligible to participate:

Age bracket of the entrepreneur/manager: 25 to 45 years

Annual turnover: N40million and above

Number of employees: between 10 and 250

The company should exist at least 2 years

The key selection criteria are your social or environmental impact vision and the potential of your business to create jobs

The participation fee is N75,000 – only applicable when you are selected to participate

 

2018 Oxfam-EDC SME Development Program for Nigerian Entrepreneurs

How to Apply Oxfam-EDC SME Development Program

Step 1 – Register

Click here to register if you have not already done so

Step 2 – Complete Application

Once you have successfully registered, log in and click the “Start Application” button on the Start Application Tab on this page. To return to your application, click the “save and continue” button and come back to it at any time. Once you are done with your application, click on the “Submit” button at the end of the form to send it to us.

Step 3 – Keep Informed

After the closing date you will be notified if you have been shortlisted for the next stage of the competition. Constantly check the Oxfam Programme homepage for regular updates.

Closing date: April 14, 2018

About Oxfam

Oxfam believes SMEs have the potential to contribute to sustainable growth through increased employment, higher income and relevant products and services for people living in poverty, particularly small holder farmers, youth and women.

To help SMEs live up to their potential, we know they need more than capital alone. Hence, Oxfam provides tailor made business development services to support SMEs in Nigeria, Somalia, Uganda and Vietnam. We select businesses based on an assessment of their plans and financial potential and on the social impact that they expect to deliver for their community. To ensure businesses deliver on the latter, social impact is monitored consistently from the start and measured over a period of time.

We expect entrepreneurs to contribute to the costs of the business development support to some extent.

Work in Progress! Alliance

The Work in Progress! Alliance is focused on unlocking the economic potential of young men and women in Nigeria, Egypt and Somalia; create jobs and stimulate entrepreneurship by improving the skills of young people, strengthening small and medium enterprises (SMEs) and creating an enabling environment.

Alliance members include Oxfam, Venture Capital for Africa (VC4A), Butterfly Works & IOM.