British Council Enterprise Challenge 2016 ( Win Grants Plus Mentoring Session With SIR Richard Branson)

Application Deadline: 8th February 2016.

Are you creative? Do you stand out from the crowd? Do you value a challenge? 

Are you brimming with innovative ideas or solutions which can make a difference in Nigeria? Do you have a passion for change? Then you just might be the one we are looking for.

As a follow up to the successful launch of the Enterprise Challenge in 2014, the British Council in partnership with Virgin Atlantic, Zenith Bank and our new partner Samsung, proudly present the 2016 edition.

The Enterprise Challenge is an online competition which is designed to promote the development of entrepreneurial skills in Nigerian youth aged 18 to 35. The first cycle gave rise to 2 winners who won grants of 1.5 million naira each, had the opportunity to attend capacity building sessions at the prestigious Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in South Africa and were mentored by globally recognized mogul and president of the Virgin Group, Sir Richard Branson.


  • This year, the programme partners have decided to take things up a notch! In addition to the prizes offered last year (i.e. grants, training and mentoring session with Richard Branson) there will be capacity building sessions offered by the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship to the top 20 participants.
  • This year’s winners will also get the opportunity to meet with and be mentored by entrepreneurs working in similar sectors in Nigeria and the UK.

Qualification criteria:

All applicants should:

  • Be between 18 and 35 years of age
  • Have good English language skills
  • A Nigerian citizen resident in Nigeria (with a valid Nigerian passport)

The Competition

Task 1 – The Essay

“There is no greater thing you can do with your life and your work than follow your passions – in a way that serves the world and you.” – Richard Branson

If you are up for the challenge, then here we go……… For this phase of the competition, we would like you to write us an essay. Please click the button on this page to access the online application form and complete your essay.

Success criteria:

  • The essay should be 450 words or less
  • Incorporate a business idea / product/ solution that you would like to develop into your story line.
  • Ensure you fill out the personal information section of the form carefully and be sure to include all information as required.

Interested applicants are requested to read carefully through the terms and conditions. All enquiries can be sent to us via email at [email protected]

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the British Council Enterprise Challenge 2016


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