ENTER: The Enterprise Challenge 2016

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 a new partner Samsung, proudly present the 2016 edition.

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 they are looking for.

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.


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.

Deadline for submission: 8th February 2016. Entries submitted after the given deadline will not be accepted.


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)

Interested applicants are requested to read carefully through the terms and conditions. All enquiries can reach organisers via email at NG.Enterprise@ng.britishcouncil.org

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