YOUNG Entrepreneurs of Nigeria (YEN) is set to host entrepreneurship summit for the youth tagged, “Youth Empowerment Summit 2017 (YES2017)”, across the six geo-political zones of the country from September 27 to November 2, 2017. The summit is an annual gathering of Nigerian young entrepreneurs and youths at all stages of business development to discuss and x-ray the challenges and solutions proffer to youth entrepreneurship and empowerment in the country.
According to the organizers, YES2017 themed, Youth Empowerment: A Panacea for Unemployment, Economic Growth and Sustainable Development, will be hosted in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Yola, Kaduna, Enugu and Abuja with over 20,000 delegates, 1000 exhibitors and 60 speakers.
“YES2017 will also empower some selected 8,000 youths across the federation; 500 youths will receive business funding/business tools through YEN and other partners, 500 youths will receive free business websites, 1000 youths will receive mentorship and 6,000 youths will receive special business training/capacity building to support start-ups and enable existing youth entrepreneurs boost their respective businesses across the country.”
The Summit tour is slated to hold in South-West (Lagos), September 27-28; South-South (Port Harcourt), October 5-6; North-East (Yola) October 11 -12; North-West (Kaduna), October 18-19; South-East (Enugu) October 26-27; and North-Central (Abuja) November 1 -2, 2017.
In a statement, National President, YEN, Mr. Chris Kohol said: “We need to engage and support the Nigerian youths and empower them to do exploit. I strongly believe we can collectively build a world-class economy for Nigeria through national and grassroots talent harnessing, unity of purpose, effective communication and youth entrepreneurship development. YEN as a platform will continue to promote youth entrepreneurship development and healthy competition that will create jobs, wealth and security to enhance the development and growth of our Nigerian economy into a world-class one.”
YEN, also known as Association of Youth Entrepreneurs of Nigeria, founded as the umbrella body for Nigerian young entrepreneurs, is a non-profit private sector led organization that works with government agencies, spirited individuals, local and international donors to enhance youth entrepreneurship development in Nigeria.
The organisation claims to currently have over 400,000 members nation-wide with national secretariat in Lagos and 37 State chapters including FCT Abuja. Notable honorary members include Mrs Nike Ogunlesi, Founder, Ruff Tumble; Mrs. Bolanle Ambode, First lady, Lagos State; and Mr. Nnamdi Ezeigbo, Founder/CEO, Slot.