YouWiN! Connect is a multimedia enterprise education initiative of the Federal Ministry of Finance (FMF) which aims to support young entrepreneurs as they PLAN, START and GROW their businesses. YouWiN! Connect seeks to promote entrepreneurship as a viable career option for young Nigerians which in turn will create jobs and wealth.
The overall aim of the program is to promote entrepreneurship as a viable career option for young Nigerians through three components of the programme, namely:
  • YouWiN! Connect Enterprise Education - (Print, Social Media, TV & Radio)
  • YouWiN! Connect Capacity Building - (Online Training & Sector Specific In-Class Training)
  • YouWiN! Connect Series Fund
The Enterprise Education is a weekly print/online publication, television and radio broadcast series that aims to achieve the following;
  • Build entrepreneurial capacity through exposure to relevant SME development materials and tools such as technical, legal and financial skills in business management.
  • Inspire budding entrepreneurs by sharing real-life experiences from business owners and professionals.
  • Disseminate relevant entrepreneurship education content to foster enterprise amongst the Nigerian youth.
  • Use of Social Media to engage and network with Nigerian youth entrepreneurs
No application is required. It is open to the general public and is accessible in print and electronic media.
This is an online/in-class extension of the YouWiN! Connect Enterprise Education and targeted at young entrepreneurs. It aims to build entrepreneurial capacity (online and in-class training) through exposure to relevant SME development materials and tools such as technical, legal and financial skills in business management.
  • Nigerian Citizen.
  • Aged between 18 - 40 years.
  • Post secondary school qualification (includes university, polytechnics, diplomas, NCE etc) .
  • Proposed and/or existing Business must be located in Nigeria.
  • Business must not entail production or distribution of weapons, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, gambling or any activities in contradiction of the Nigerian constitution.
  • Potential / existing entrepreneurs with innovative business ideas or plans for expansion respectively.
  • Proposed Business must be in one of the programme target sectors.
  • Information and Communication Technology
    • Computer programming, consultancy and related activities
    • Information service activities
    • Telecommunications
    • Production of computer, electronic and optical products
  • Agriculture/Agroprocessing
    • Crop and animal production
    • Fishing and aquaculture
    • Food processing and production
    • Production of beverages
    • Animal waste processing
    • Animal feed processing
  • Fashion
    • Production of textiles
    • Production of wearing apparel
    • Production of fashionable hair related products (wigs, hairstyles, e.t.c.)
    • Beauty product and/or accessories.
  • Manufacturing and Retail
    • Production of leather and related products
    • Production of wood and wood products
    • Production of furniture
    • Production of fabricated metal products
    • Production of rubber and plastics products
    • Production of paper and paper products
    • Retail trade
  • Construction
    • Building construction and related services
    • Civil engineering and related services
Visit the website http://apply.youwinconnect.org.ng for details and eligibility criteria. Once you register, a system generated acknowledgement email and passcode is sent to your email inbox. The passcode is required to login to the application platform.
The registration and application platform opened on Monday, July 24th, 2017.
The programme is open to all new and existing businesses in the programmes targeted sectors.
No, however you’re advised to register your business so you can access other components of the program.
You can save changes to your application before submission. But once you have submitted you can no longer make changes.
Yes, one application per individual. Duplicate applications will lead to disqualification.
There is no fee. You are advised not to pay any application fee to anyone. YouWiN! Connect is free.
Yes you can participate in the online training. But to access other components of the programme, your business must be domiciled in Nigeria.
You will be communicated through email and text message. However if you have any enquiries about the status of your application, you can send emails [email protected] Also visit the website regularly for more info.
This is an annual venture capital fund set up by the Federal Ministry of Finance which will offer equity investment to start-ups and early stage SMEs through qualified fund managers under a co-investment model.
It is open to all Nigerian Youth Entrepreneurs and there are no age restrictions
Details will soon be provided on the website
Details will soon be provided on the website.
Details will soon be provided on the website.
Yes you can participate if your business is domiciled in Nigeria.
Via email and/or the YouWiN! Connect call centre viz;


[email protected]
[email protected]

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