As part of the lined up activities to celebrate the decade edition of the annual Tush Awards, the organizers will be staging a youth conference on August 31st, 2018 at the Landmark Event Center in Lagos ahead of the 10th year celebration of the event in December.
The conference with theme ‘Youths in Business: Fund, Run and Grow your business and Ideas’ will also be offering a sum of one million nairas as a business grant to young entrepreneurs.
One of the important reasons for staging this conference provides an avenue for the youths in business to interact with the key players in the business world and also learn several ways to access funds to grow their businesses even in the face of peculiar situations.
Basically, it is an event organized as a bridge to the knowledge gap for youths that are in business on how to grow, fund and run their businesses.
Some of the confirmed panelists who would also form Board of Judges for the SME Pitch Competition which seeks to give a 1 Million Naira Business Grant to deserving entrepreneurs are Mr. Steve Babaeko, CEO, X3M Ideas Group; Mrs. Kemi Aina, Group Head, Customer Service Management, Wema Bank; Mrs. Ezinne Okoroafor, Group Head, SME Banking, Sterling Bank; Mr. Gbenga Aiyeremi, The President & CEO, Workbay Co-Space Nigeria; Mr. Ikechukwu Kalu, Head, Consumer Market, Insights & Analytics, Ecobank; Mr. Goodness Morakinyo, Founder, Valencia College, Ibadan, among others yet to be fully confirmed.
The SME Business Pitch Competition which is presently ongoing on Instagram will end by August 25th, 2018 and to participate is quite very easy.
Interested participants should follow the Instagram handle of Tush Awards, @TushAwards and upload a minute video stating why they need the grant with the approved hashtags, #TushAwards2018 and #AYTASMEPitch.
Tush Awards will repost all videos with the approved hashtags and will select the top 20 most valuable business ideas. The most viewed entries would also have the advantage to be considered for the next stage.
The top 20 candidates will be unveiled at the conference and will be required to physically pitch to the team of Judges.
The winner will get N500, 000 + 3 months free serviced office (Co-working Space), first runner-up will get N300, 000 + 3 months free serviced office (Co-working Space),
the second runner-up will go home with N200, 000 + 3 months free serviced office (Co-working Space) and third runner-up will get 3 months free serviced office (Co-working Space). The free serviced office spaces are located in Ikeja, Maryland, and Lekki.
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