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Durosinmi-Etti unveils new book on how to win grants

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Ifedayo Duronsinmi-Etti PHOTO: JIDE ODUKOYA

The co-founder of Parliamo Bambini, a kids’ furniture company Ifedayo Durosinmi-Etti has launched a book aimed at helping Nigerian startups access grants and other opportunities available in Nigeria easily.

Launched in July, the book titled Accessing Grants for Startups also provides answers to frequently asked questions from writing a personal profile to unique selling propositions, how to articulate responses to questions in a way that would guarantee that grantors/ assessors select applicants.

The book, according to Duronsinmi-Etti, is a child of her experience accessing grants.

“Because I have seen the ripple effects of all these things [applying for grants], how it has affected me and my business, I decided to help other people to apply to these opportunities as well so,” she said at a press conference.

“This year, I held different workshops helping people apply for several opportunities that were available in Africa, and questions kept coming, that was how I decided to write a book, teaching people how to apply for these opportunities and even tell them that these opportunities are available to everybody.”

To provide a platform for more women-owned businesses to access funds, she started AGS Tribe with other women. She said a non-profit organisation is in the pipeline to better finetune the operations of AGS Tribe and reach more women.

“The AGS Tribe is something that I just started because of the network I have, I have been supporting women on my platform, so I decided to use my platform to raise funds,” Durosnimi-Etti said.

“A couple of women also contributed to help these women. We have a lead sponsor who is Platform Capital and we also have other women who have contributed to help these women. Eventually, we will start an NGO to help more women and make it more formal.”

Apart from the book and AGS Tribe, Durosinmi-Etti recently held a pitch competition for Nigerian women with the winner Olabanke Banjo Omowunmi of Cyrus45 Factory going home N1.5 million prize money, a three-month rent-free workspace and mentorship. The first runner-up Titilayo Medunoye of Milky Express got N1 million while the second runner-up Tunde Oni of Smile On Foods got N500,000. Both runners-up will also get mentorship and training package.


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