Mara Foundation, a non-profit social enterprise for emerging African entrepreneurs, has announced a partnership with the Nigerian government to launch Mara-IYEEP, a platform that will support young entrepreneurs across the country.
The partnership with the Foundation, which is owned by Africa’s youngest billionaire, Ashish J. Thakkar, is part of the Nigeria’s Integrated Youth Economic Empowerment Program (IYEEP), inaugurated by President Goodluck Jonathan to empower youth throughout the country and ultimately provide a solution for youth leadership and development.
According to Mr Thakkar, the Foundation is “very excited about the project to bring Mara Mentor to Nigeria.”
“Mara-IYEEP Nigeria will encourage young entrepreneurs to embrace innovative ideas, envision the impossible, and ultimately transform Nigeria. We believe mentorship is the key in addressing the gaps currently preventing these entrepreneurs from successfully starting, scaling and sustaining businesses”, he added
Special Adviser to the President on Youth Empowerment, Ambassador Obinna Adim, who represented Dr Jonathan, said “Our vision is to provide the needed platform and mechanism to transform our youth into (IYEEP) ‘change makers’ who can make their communities a better place, not only for themselves but also for their fellow Nigerians by spurring wealth creation and raising household incomes across the country.”
One service the non-profit foundation provides is Mara Mentor – an online and mobile platform that targets young people who want to start a business.
It allows entrepreneurs to connect virtually with seasoned business leaders locally and mentors from across the world for advice and guidance.
Apart from advice, non-formal education and mentorship, the platform aims to provide comprehensive support services through funding assistance for novel business ideas, incubation centres and workspaces as well as continual business training.
These support services are expected to transform entrepreneurs’ business ideas into profitable and thriving business entities that will employ other Nigerians and contribute to local, state and national economies.
Source: Ventures Africa
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