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Innovative Entrepreneurship Program for Student Entrepreneurs 2023 Apply now


The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative, CYFI is inviting young Nigerian to apply for their Entrepreneurship Program for Student Entrepreneurs in Tertiary Institutions in Nigeria. To empower them for skills development, knowledge enhancement, networking opportunities, and support for scaling business

About The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative
The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) is an initiative that was launched in 2011 by the U.S. Consulate General in Lagos. It is a youth-based program that aims to empower young Nigerians to drive high-impact engagement in various sectors, both within Nigeria and globally. CYFI operates as a network of empowered individuals who work together to bring about positive change.

Through our programs and engagements, we focus on promoting deep learning, fostering systemic change, and facilitating interactions among stakeholders from government, business, and civil society. Our aim is to create opportunities for young Nigerians to engage with these stakeholders at local and global levels.

Youth unemployment is a significant issue in Nigeria, with young people aged 15 to 35 constituting over 60% of the population and making up a large portion of the unemployed population. Many of these young individuals are university students who possess unique perspectives and ideas that can contribute to innovation and address business challenges. However, they often face limitations in terms of funding, expertise, and an enabling environment to pursue their aspirations.

At CYFI, the mission is to empower our members and young Nigerians by providing proactive engagement, training, collaboration, and networking opportunities. We aim to promote career development, support the growth of organizations, and encourage active citizenry among young people. Through our initiatives, we strive to equip young Nigerians with the skills, knowledge, and connections needed to succeed and make a positive impact in their communities.

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By participating in the program, students will gain the following benefits:

  • The Entrepreneurship Program for Student Entrepreneurs will equip 50 aspiring and emerging student entrepreneurs in tertiary institutions across Lagos State with the necessary skills, knowledge, and network to effectively navigate the evolving business landscape.
  • Skill Development: The program will offer training and workshops focused on developing essential entrepreneurial skills. Participants will learn about business planning, marketing strategies, financial management, and other key aspects necessary for running a successful business.
  • Knowledge Enhancement: The program will provide valuable insights and knowledge about the latest trends and practices in entrepreneurship. Participants will gain a deeper understanding of the business environment, market dynamics, and emerging opportunities, enabling them to adapt and make informed decisions.
  • Networking Opportunities: The program will facilitate networking sessions, allowing participants to connect with industry experts, successful entrepreneurs, mentors, and like-minded peers. These connections can lead to valuable collaborations, partnerships, and mentorship opportunities, enhancing the participants’ business prospects.
  • Adaptability and Innovation: With a focus on adapting to the changing business landscape, the program will encourage participants to embrace innovation and develop a growth mindset. They will learn to identify and seize opportunities, leverage technology, and implement innovative strategies in their businesses.
  • Scaling and Growth: The program aims to empower participants to scale their businesses. Through guidance on expansion strategies, access to resources, and mentorship support, participants will be equipped with the tools and knowledge to take their ventures to the next level.
  • Contribution to Youth Employment and Economic Growth: By nurturing student entrepreneurs, the program aims to promote youth employment and contribute to economic growth in Lagos State. Successful businesses launched by program participants have the potential to create job opportunities for themselves and others, driving economic development.
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To be eligible for the Entrepreneurship Program for Student Entrepreneurs, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Student Status: Applicants must be currently enrolled as students in tertiary institutions.
  • Age Range: Applicants should be between the ages of 18 and 35 years.
  • Time Commitment: Applicants must be available to dedicate 3-4 hours per week to the program activities from August to November. This commitment ensures active participation and maximizes the learning experience.
  • Location: The Entrepreneurship Program for Student Entrepreneurs program is open to students in tertiary institutions located within Lagos State only


How to apply

  • To apply click on the application link and register
  • Qualified applications will be shortlisted for an interview.
  • Successful applicants from the interview stage will be inducted into the program)


The timeline for the application process for the Entrepreneurship Program for Student Entrepreneurs is as follows:

  • June 16 Application Opens
  • June 30 Applications Closes
  • July 14 Semi-finalists Notified
  • July 28 Finalists Notified
  • August 2023 Program Commences
  • November 2023 Pitch/Demo Day


Watch videos of past benefits of the Entrepreneurship Program for Student Entrepreneurs program here

Types of opportunity: Training
Deadline: 30 June 2023
Open to: Students in tertiary institutions
Duration: From August to November.
Location: Lagos State, Nigeria.
Organizer: The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI)
Country: Nigeria.

Meet with the Entrepreneurship Program for Student Entrepreneurs Alumni 
For questions about the Entrepreneurship Program for Student Entrepreneurs program email
For more information visit CYFI Entrepreneurship Program for Student

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