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Young entrepreneurs jostle to boost capacity, economic growth

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Some 16 lucky candidates have been selected from among 50 contestants, who made it to the Bootcamp for The Next Titan Season 6, after the auditions that saw thousands of Nigerian young entrepreneurs jostle for selection at centres in Lagos, Port Harcourt, Enugu, and Abuja.

Having emerged the top 16 contenders, the entrepreneurs will proceed to the Next Titan House, where they will be involved in a-10 week entrepreneurial and social service tasks including pieces of training and mentorship under the guidance and supervision of astute business leaders who serve as judges.

Speaking at the Premiere Night in Lagos, where the top 16 were unveiled, the Regional Executive, Lagos and South West, Heritage Bank, Dimiri Dike, said the programme is one of the ways the bank drives social and economic change as a responsible corporate citizen.

Dike said: “On the economic level, you know that entrepreneurship drives employment, it drives social change, so we are really doing it for both social and economic change. And also, time it was in the past when a lot of people entered entrepreneurship without proper training. This platform, the Next Titan, offers you a very good beginning.

“Some of the advantages and benefits that entrepreneurs in the past never had are what these ones are enjoying. So this is an opportunity for them to be schooled and at least stand the fighting chance from the perspective of knowledge and experience of those that had gone before them to succeed.”

The Next Titan entrepreneurial reality show is sponsored annually by the Heritage Bank Plc, to help Nigerian youths to attain their entrepreneurial targets, in which millions in cash prizes are awarded to winners to boost their businesses.

The prize-winning has been increased to N7million by the chief sponsor from N5million in the last five seasons, and a brand new Ford car donated by Coscharis Ford Motors.


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