MEGP/MSME PITCH DECK 2021: AKWA IBOM ENTREPRENEURS PITCH BUSINESSES FOR PRIZES

Qualified entrepreneurs in Akwa Ibom State, today made business pitches to judges and angel investors for an opportunity to win business grants at the 2nd Season of the My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme (MEGP) MSME pitch deck.

The event, which held at the conference room of the Directorate Of Marketing and Brand Management, Office of the Governor, saw the entrepreneurs, who applied from the pool of Alumni of the Akwa Ibom State Youths Entrepreneurial Development Programme battle to outdo each other in pitching their businesses in order to clinch the Governor’s prizes.

Setting the tone for the pitch, the Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Entrepreneurial Development, Mrs. Meflyn Anwana welcomed the participants and Judges to the event, and reechoed the commitment of the Udom Emmanuel administration to supporting enterprise development. Anwana said the contestants were expected to effectively communicate their ideas behind their business brands and convince the panel of judges that they deserve the prize money.

The four-man panel of judges was made up of veteran Akwa Ibom entrepreneurs namely: Mr. Iniobong Umoh, Mrs. Inyene Ekponta, Aniefiok Macauley, and Mr. Ufford Ebong.

A total of 18 contenders pitched their business ideas to the judges in the Early startup and existing business categories.

Winners of the 2nd season MEGP MSME Pitch Deck will be announced at the Certification/Induction dinner organized for the participants of batch-4 of the Akwa Ibom State Youths Entrepreneurial Development Programme, holding tomorrow at the Emerald Events Center, Uyo. The winners will go home with the Governors prizes in the various categories ranging from N500,000 to N150,000.

YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS RECEIVE PROJECTS BASED ASSISTANCE IN THE AKWA IBOM STATE YOUTHS ENTREPRENEURIAL DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

A cross-section of young entrepreneurs in Akwa Ibom State was today presented with work tools and items to aid their respective entrepreneurial activities in the Project-Based Assistance(PBA) scheme of the Akwa Ibom State Youths Entrepreneurial Development Programme.

The beneficiaries were exhilarant as they received the items in a brief presentation event at the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management, Wellington Bassey Way, Uyo. The items presented to the beneficiaries include: generating sets, washing machines, industrial sewing machines, clutch motor, bundles of quality Ankara materials, and a hand mixer (soap-making machine).

Presenting the items, the Programmes Coordinator at the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management, Mr. Brian Ekwere said that the Project-Based Assistance Scheme was designed under the Akwa Ibom State Entrepreneurial Development Programme to Identify basic needs in the day to day running of Participants’ entrepreneurial activities and offer needed support.
Ekwere stressed that this model ensures that aid and succor get to actual entrepreneurs who need them.

Responding on behalf of the beneficiaries, Mr. Kuyik Napoleon thanked the State Governor Mr. Udom Emmanuel for his wisdom in initiating the Akwa Ibom State Youths Entrepreneurial Development Programme which he said has become a viable tool for training, mentoring, and assisting young entrepreneurs in the State.
He advised youths and young entrepreneurs to key into the programme as it is an opportunity for them to rise up and live their dreams.

MEGP PITCH DECK 2021: PRE-COMPETITION TRAININGS COMMENCE

…as SA on Entrepreneurial Development tasks A’Ibom Entrepreneurs on effective brand communication.

As part of events building up to the passing out/certification ceremony of the 4th batch of the My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme (MEGP), a business pitch competition tagged MEGP PITCH DECK has been put together to give Alumni of the programme opportunities to pitch their businesses to investors for a chance to win business grants and open up their enterprises for partnerships and angel investor collaborations. The pitch deck, which is in its second season, will see winners in the early start-up and existing business categories win over one million Naira in business grants.

In preparation for the pitch deck, contestants gathered today at the Dakkada Enterprise Development Center, Uyo for Orientation and trainings. Speaking at the event, the Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Entrepreneurial Development, Mrs Meflyn Anwana said the pitch deck was put together to expose young Akwa Ibom business owners to standard pitch experiences, while also creating an opportunity for angel investors to see areas of investments and partnerships. Anwana urged the Entrepreneurs to take the pitch trainings seriously as the lessons could come in handy when they apply for other major pitch events. Speaking further, the governor’s aide told the contestants that the benefits of effective brand communication cannot be overemphasized.

Other speakers who spoke at the training include Mrs Menyene Emine, who spoke on Creativity and Innovation in enterprise design and Iniobong Umoh, who taught SEO optimization and story telling. Others who took turns to train the contestants are Messrs Ufford Ebong and Seth Usanga who spoke on “revenue models, financial projection and investment terms” and “winning concepts in a pitch deck” respectively.

In an interaction with newsmen, the resource persons said that Entrepreneurs in the state have been positively influenced by Governor Udom Emmanuel’s Dakkada philosophy, and commended the governor for creating an enabling environment for Entrepreneurship to thrive in the state.

The MEGP MSME Pitch Deck 2021 will hold on 17th June 2021 as part of the activities marking the end of trainings for the 4th batch of the My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme (MEGP) organized by the Directorate Of Marketing and Brand Management, Office of the Akwa Ibom State Governor.

Info boss visits MEGP Batch III

…Commends the transparency and Due process in display at the DEDC

The Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy in Akwa Ibom State, Comrade Iniobong Ememobong has commended the high level of transparency and due process exhibited by the management and staff of the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management in selecting participants for the on-going 3rd batch of the “My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme” (MEGP). Ememobong gave the accolades, Monday 2nd November 2020 during an unscheduled visit to the Dakkada Entrepreneurial Development Center in shelter Afrique Estate, Uyo, where the MEGP training hold.

Comr. Ini-Ememobong, Commissioner for Information, Akwa Ibom State

The ministry helmsman who was shown around the center by the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr. Ime Uwah also took time to praise the pre-selection interview process for selection of participants, which he described as pristine, world-class, and transparent. Addressing one of the classes in batch 3 of the MEGP, the Information Boss encouraged participants to remain focused on the goals of the programme so as to achieve their aims for participation. He further harped on the right business attitude for businesses in the state, stressing that MSMEs hold the key to the economic maturity of any economy. Comrade Ememobong also assured the participants of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s readiness and commitment to empowering the youths in the state through job creation, creation, and sustenance of a serene business atmosphere, as well as capacity building for young business owners through programmes like the MEGP.

From Left: Mr. Ime Uwah, Comr. Ini Emem-Obong, Mrs. Meflyn Anwana

The My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme, (MEGP) which is in its third batch presently is an initiative of the State Government, to help young business owners define clear goals for their businesses and obtain basic business training to enable them to build capacity and scale up their businesses. Participants in the scheme are also exposed to facilities and grant opportunities while also being offered project-based assistance by the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management, who are the drivers of the programme.

IWAUDOFIA TASKS YOUTHS ON CAPACITY BUILDING

…As Umontuen receives 100k DNE Participating Entrepreneur Prize.

Youths have been urged to embrace capacity building and self-development as key to functioning in the emerging Akwa Ibom business ecosystem. The Senior Special Assistant to the Akwa Ibom State Governor on Youth matters, Mr. Aniefiok Wilson Iwa-Udofia made the call earlier today, while presenting the cash prize of one hundred thousand Naira (N100, 000) to Mr. Jacobson Umontuen, winner of the October Edition of the Dakkada Networking Experience (DNE) Participating Entrepreneurs Grant.

Jacobson Umontuen – Recipient

Iwa-Udofia stressed that a new normal is already in operation and that the currency of trade would be skills, knowledge, and wit. The SSA congratulated Mr. Jacobson Umontuen for emerging winner of the participating entrepreneur’s grant, urging him to deploy the prize to productive ventures. Speaking earlier, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr. Ime Uwah said the Participating Entrepreneurs Grant was incorporated into the monthly Dakkada Networking Experience, to reward and support young and skilled entrepreneurs by injecting a hundred thousand Naira into their businesses. Uwah said the prize usually goes to the participating entrepreneur who supplies the fastest and most acceptable answer to the trivia usually posed during the DNE. He commended Jacobson Umontuen for coming out tops, stating that this month’s trivia had very competitive responses. The SSA said the Dakkada Networking Experience, organized by the Dakkada Business and Leadership Forum in collaboration with the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management was conceived to create an opportunity for industry players and regulators to parley, thereby causing a synergy to sprout between them.

Comr. Aniefiok Iwa-Udofia, SSA to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Youth Matter – Facilitator

In his response, the October winner of the DNE Participating Entrepreneurs Business Grant, Mr. Jacobson Umontuen expressed gratitude to Governor Udom Emmanuel, the SSAs Ime Uwah and Iwa-Udofia, as well as the Management and Staff of the Directorate of Marketing and Brand Management for what he described as an inspiring gesture. Umontuen further reaffirmed his personal resolve to contribute his quota towards making Akwa Ibom State the destination for enterprise development.

The SSA on youth matters also seized the opportunity to interact with the participants of class 5, Batch 3 of the My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme (MEGP) ongoing at the Dakkada Entrepreneurial Development Centre.

Classes resume for Batch III of the MEGP

A good number of young persons in entrepreneurship and artisanship today commenced lectures as the 3rd batch of the My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme (MEGP) kick-started at the Dakkada Enterprise Development Center.

The MEGP, a cardinal part of Governor Udom Emmanuel’s grand plan of an entrepreneurial renaissance in the State, has a curriculum module designed to help participants define clear business goals and acquire basic entrepreneurial education to help them navigate the murky waters of doing business. The Governor had in a statewide broadcast last week promised that the programme would commence this week, to address the gap in entrepreneurship skills/education, thereby properly equipping young persons in the State to create jobs for themselves.

The programme enjoys collaboration from the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency of Nigeria (SMEDAN) which provides seasoned facilitators and certification for participants of the MEGP.

In a statement released by the SSA to Governor Udom Emmanuel on Marketing and Brand Management, Mr. Ime Uwah said the 3rd batch of the MEGP that has commenced will run for 10 weeks, with provisions for ongoing registrations. Intending participants are to visit www.megp.com.ng to fill registration forms, while the numbers 08133588773 can be called for additional information.

Mr. Ime Uwa, SSA, to the Governor of Akwa Ibom State on Marketing & Brand Management – Facilitator

The My Entrepreneurship Goals Programme, has for the past months churned out high-quality participants who pundits say are qualified to compete favourably with contemporaries from other business education programmes nationwide. Some of the additional benefits for participants on the MEGP network include free business name registrations, facilitation of NAFDAC / SON registration for products, additional ICT/ soft skills acquisition, free consultancy services for individual businesses, access to funding opportunities, Market linkage, and equipment finance.

Pictorial View of MEGP-batch-III participants