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Application for the Mentor Match Up Challenge 3.0 Event is now open!


Mentor Matchup Challenge

The Mentor Matchup Challenge event is back again bigger and better. The event is an initiative of, poised to bridge the practical knowledge gap between successful entrepreneurs and the younger generation of entrepreneurs. The event will be taking place in Lagos on the 2nd of December 2019.

The event features panel discussions, intimate mentoring sessions and multiple networking opportunities, which allow entrepreneurs in attendance to discuss niggling business challenges with mentors who are thought leaders in their respective industries. Entrepreneurs also get a chance to pitch their businesses to investors in attendance and win seed funding of up to $10,000.

The objectives of The Mentor Matchup Challenge include:

  • Equipping young entrepreneurs with presentation skills
  • Aiding critical thinking skills as well as the business focus
  • Giving upcoming entrepreneurs insights on how to run their startups
  • Creating networking opportunities for entrepreneurs in attendance
  • Preparing entrepreneurs for important conversations that could transform their businesses

The event will focus on 6 strategic sectors of the economy including Agriculture, Food & Hospitality, Logistics, Manufacturing, Financial Services and Retail. Some of the confirmed speakers lined up for this year’s event include Obi Ozor, Cofounder of Kobo 360, Aramide Abe, Founder of Naija Startups, Mr Chima Anyaso, Chairman of Caades Group, Tania Omotayo, founder of Ziva Lagos amongst others.

Last year, we successfully executed the Mentor Matchup Challenge 2.0 and two entrepreneurs won seed funding of $2500 each.

According to Ejiro Jakpa, founder of Nicnax Granola, “Winning the Mentor Matchup Challenge has helped in terms of understanding my figures. This came in handy when negotiating with potential investors.” With the $2500, Ejiro has invested in new equipment, moved to a bigger factory and added peanut butter and oat flour to her product line.
According to Favour Ologu, founder of Ekete Lifestyle, “One of the most important things that came with winning was access to seasoned business people who have been pivotal in my business’ success.” With the $2500, Favour has extended her product line and moved production from her house to a new factory space.
Entrepreneurs can apply to attend by uploading their pitch decks on The Mentor Matchup Challenge Official website. The selection criteria for participants include having a solid team, market potential, traction, social impact, personal investment and innovation.

Ten (10) teams across the 6 sectors will be shortlisted to attend the event for free and pitch to investors in attendance. To learn more about The Mentor Matchup Challenge 3.0 event, visit here


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