Two participants of SBE Center for Entrepreneurship’s #StartUpSDGs (November 30-December 1, 2018) and Tony Elumelu Grant Application boot camp (January 25-26, 2019) have each received a $5,000 grant from the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC).
The ICRC funded 250 top business ideas in the Northeast, vetted through the Tony Elumelu Grant Application.
The Dean of the School of Business & Entrepreneurship, Professor Attahir Yusuf envisions that the Center for Entrepreneurship will be Adamawa’s premier capacity building institution for entrepreneurs for their continued strides towards a better and more prosperous society.
#StartupSDGs boot camp training coordinator, Fardeen Dodo, of SBE, said the training is an initiative of the Center for Entrepreneurship that brings young people together to start social ventures or reconfigure their businesses in ways that will demonstrably contribute to the Adamawa State Sustainable Development Goals agenda.
"We trained about 100 people from different high institutions on how to start or build businesses, fill out grant application forms and come up with financial statements for their businesses.” He said training entrepreneurs is very important to ensure a better response to the developmental needs of society.
“The nexus between entrepreneurship and social development is of particular interest to AUN’s visions as a whole. In SBE, we want to be the hub of expertise in this area, across the Northeast.”
One of the two beneficiaries, Mohammed Sagir, a 300-level Computer Science student at Adamawa State University said the grant would help him expand and diversify his digital marketing business. He said the training he received gave him a ‘profound sense of business’.
“I have always had a passion for business but after attending the boot camp at AUN, I realized I’m not just a businessman but an entrepreneur. I want to thank AUN, an especially Mr. Dodo, for the constant guidance and the opportunity to gain a better knowledge of entrepreneurship.”
The other grant beneficiary, Bonny Jonah, runs an agricultural business called “Zero Waste Agriculture” that provides quality and healthy vegetables and poultry products with zero waste. Ms. Jonah said she owes her success to the #StartupSDGs programs. “I can boldly say that the program I attended at AUN is the bedrock of my success."
She affirms that the grant will give her the opportunity to expand her business and make a greater impact. "Winning this grant has opened doors for me and connected me to a good network of entrepreneurs and mentors."
Reported by Tina Bitrus