Capstone Educational Investment Limited-a consulting firm that offers training, technical assistance, research services, and knowledge resources to Micro Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) that focus on low and middle-income segments recently joined four other non-governmental organizations to empower young Nigerian entrepreneurs and their products in a micro, small and medium enterprises symposium and exhibition powered by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) in partnership with the Nigerian government.
The other NGOs are Hope Builders Foundation; Leverage Platform; Valucon Business Services; Web of Hearts Foundation. Spokesperson for the combined NGOs, and the Team leader of Leverage Platform, Tobi Durojaiye, stated that the event is being put together in order to expose, connect and showcase the products of the entrepreneurs.
Durojaiye also revealed that it has become a necessity for the partnering NGOs to ensure that the empowered youths, who have undergone various free trainings, become successful and to give them access to financial and strategic opportunities.
The MSME Exhibition had 350 past participants of the GIZ/SEDIN project “Creating Business Development Opportunities through Entrepreneurship Training and Coaching” implemented by GOPA Worldwide, targeted particularly at Marginalized Youths/ Women, Returning Migrants, Persons with Disabilities and Internally Displaced Persons. These Modular blended trainings (in-person and online) are provided to the beneficiaries through Partnering Organisations in Lagos and Edo State.
The MSME symposium and exhibition, held at the Blue Roof Hall, inside the premises of Lagos Television (LTV) on the 8th of December, 2021, re-emphasized the fact that locally made products by Nigerians can rule the market if the country’s leaders have the political will to put in place the necessary policies to support these entrepreneurs.
The statement from the organizers reads that more than five thousand (5,000) Entrepreneurs were trained over the past 9 months by these organizations. After months of impactful capacity enhancement experience and information gathering needed to run a successful business, access to finance and exposure to market linkages still rank top among the major challenges faced by these start-ups and established businesses in Nigeria. To address this challenge an MSME symposium and exhibition were held for these entrepreneurs aimed at providing them a platform to showcase their products/services to leaders of industries, investors, and the general public.