Accelerate LABS is the activation of Small and Medium Scale Business Engines to advance economic development by enterprise development and machinery. With this intervention, the enterprise is set to provide 2,160 youths beyond the six geo-political zones in the country to develop socially inclined, high profit, and highly competitive enterprise capable of influencing the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) of the country.
“Microsoft, through our Youth Spark initiative seeks to empower the youth population of Nigeria to imagine and realize their full potential by connecting them with greater opportunities for education, employment and entrepreneurship, helping them create a real impact for a better tomorrow,” said Olusola Amusan, Citizenship Lead, Microsoft Nigeria.
“We are delighted about this partnership with Microsoft Nigeria, it will serve as part of our mission to build a network of empowered citizens through jobs, entrepreneurship, and active citizenship which is in line with the Microsoft YouthSpark mission to increase access for all youth to learn,” said Bukonla
Adebakin, Deputy Chief Operating Officer, The Future Project.
“By the end of one year, we would have empowered young people to develop empathy, find clarity of purpose and the needed resources to build socially responsible enterprises in their communities. We will have youth across Nigeria leading the frontiers of change in various disciplines,” she added.
All geo political zone would be represented by an anchor state that will serve as a hub to incubate these businesses. Accelerate Labs will be in three different streams with each stream running for 70 days. Each stream will include 21 days training session, 28 days mentoring session, 21 days research and practice and a demo day for pitching of business ideas to prospective investors.
The call for applications is now open and will run from 7th of August to 24th of August, 2017 via this link http://thefutureafrica.com/acceleratelabs/register/
Accelerate Labs is brought to you by The Future Project and its powered by Microsoft Nigeria.
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