The Venture, Chivas Regal’s global search to find and support the most promising aspiring social entrepreneurs who want to succeed whilst making a positive impact on the lives of others, calls for entries in Nigeria.
The Venture is a search for entrepreneurial thinkers interested in business for good. With over $1 million in funding and resources, The Venture enables social entrepreneurs from around the world to realize their potential and gain exposure for their business.
Launched in October 2014, the first year of The Venture saw over 1000 entries from 16 countries. This year’s competition will even be more robust with over 26 countries across 6 continents expected to participate. Only 1 social enterprise from each country (Nigeria inclusive) will be selected to compete in the global final slated for June 2016 for a chance at the $1m global funding. Also part of the global final is an Accelerator Week where training and business advice, as well as mentoring would be given by some of the biggest and most influential names in business.
To participate in Nigeria, aspiring social entrepreneurs should visit www.theventure.com/global/en to submit their application. The Venture website is also home to expert advice and insight, developed in partnership with Fast Company and global business leaders, on how to launch a successful social enterprise and the business of ‘doing good’.
In partnership with Co-Creation Hub, entries are now open to social enterprises from across Nigeria and across all fields. This is the initial of three main stages of competition with a shortlist of 15 expected to make it to the Semifinal Boot-Camp after an open assessment process with clear criteria. A final cut down to 5 will make it to the Finals with a winner expected to emerge in December 2015 with a regional prize of N1m Naira.
The Nigerian winner will go on to challenge the most promising from over 25 countries across 6 continents. All global finalists will get a chance to compete for a share in $1m global funding and the chance to take part in The Venture’s Accelerator Week where they will be mentored by global business leaders, industry experts and successful social entrepreneurs.
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