Apply For The 2021 Development Bank of Nigeria Entrepreneurship Training Program.

Apply For The 2021 Development Bank of Nigeria Entrepreneurship Training Program.

Development Bank of Nigeria Entrepreneurship Training Program 2021

The Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) was conceived by the Federal Government of Nigeria (FGN) in collaboration with global development partners to address the major financing challenges facing Micro, Small, and Medium Scale Enterprises (MSMEs) in Nigeria.

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Applications are invited for:

Title: Development Bank of Nigeria Entrepreneurship Training Program

Location: Nigeria

The DBN Entrepreneurship Training Programme
The Development Bank of Nigeria Entrepreneurship Training Programme is an initiative by the Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) aimed at equipping micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with the skills and competencies to defend sound and viable business proposals, improve their access to available credit, and improve their capacity for efficient funds utilization, trade, investments and access to markets. This program will help address the Entrepreneurship and Business Management skill gaps of Nigerian MSMEs.

In addition to providing funding and risk-sharing facilities to MSMEs and Small Corporates through participating financial institutions, the Development Bank of Nigeria is expected to build the capacity of the Nigerian MSME to enable them eligible to access credit.

This proposed strategy is to ensure that DBN builds quality and sustainable Capacity Building Programme that meets the below objectives:

  • Ensure MSMEs are well equipped with skills and competencies to defend sound and viable business proposals
  • Improve the Capacity of MSMEs to access the available credit
  • Improve the capacity of MSMEs for efficient funds utilization, trade, investments, and access to markets
  • Acknowledgment and opening and closing.

Program Scope:

  • Target Group: Nigerian based MSMEs
  • Location: Lagos (SMEs) and Abuja (Micro Enterprises)
  • Implementation: DBN in partnership with Google, Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), Pan Atlantic University, and Wider Perspective Limited (WPL)

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Program Format:

  • A competitive application process of interested MSMEs
  • Strict selection criteria for shortlisted MSMEs
  • Well-developed Curriculum customized to fit the needs of the MSMEs and Experienced Faculty
  • Delivery Method: A blended format of face-to-face and online training
  • Advisory Services by Industry Experts to the MSMEs
    • As soon as training is completed
    • 5 months after training
  • Certification – DBN Entrepreneurship Training Certificate

2021 Programme Structure

  • The program will be targeted at equipping Nigerian entrepreneurs with the requisite business knowledge and skills that will help their businesses thrive in the new normal, while also helping them sustain a competitive advantage within their relative industries.
  • The program will comprise 2 stages and will be implemented over 3 months in collaboration with Google Nigeria, Enterprise Development Centre (EDC), and Wider Perspective Limited (WPL).

Process Flow:

  • A self-paced fundamental of Digital Marketing course for pre-selected 1000 entrepreneurs available for 1 month (Aug 16th – September 10th)
  • The first 250 MSMEs who complete the self-paced fundamental course will be invited to join the live instructor-led webinar sessions with Google Nigeria, after which the best 200 MSMEs who attend the live webinar session will be invited to the face-to-face training in Lagos and Abuja.
  • The curriculum will be tailored to the needs of the selected 200 MSMEs upon the completion of a needs-based analysis.
  • Shortlisted MSMEs will all be eligible to attend the pitching session of this training to access some funding available.
  • All successful MSMEs who attend the face-to-face training will receive a certificate of completion.

Eligibility Criteria

  • The owner of the Business must be 18 years and above.
  • Business Owner must be a citizen or legal resident of Nigeria.
  • The Business must be based and registered with the CAC in Nigeria.
  • The Business must be for-profit from any sector.
  • Applicants must be available to commit to the training schedule once accepted.

Selection Criteria:

  • Bankability- Level of readiness to access credit.
  • Feasibility and Sustainability of the business model
  • Scalability – Demonstrates potential for growth of the business to create jobs.


  • Get equipped with skills and competencies to develop and defend a sound and viable business plan.
  • Improve your capacity to access financing
  • Improve your capacity for efficient funds utilization, trade, investments, and access to markets.

News and Information:

  • Notification of 1000 Successful Applicants: August 16th – August 20th
  • Digital Training Opens: August 23rd
  • Digital Training Ends: September 17th
  • Final Selection of 200 Businesses: September 30th
  • Face to Face Training Commences: October 11th

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How to Apply
Interested and qualified candidates should:
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Application Process

  • All applications must be submitted online through the application portal
  • All applicants must complete an application form by providing all requested information
  • Upon submission of the application form, an email confirming receipt will be sent to the applicant within 24 hours
  • Applicants will be screened and shortlisted from the close of the application based on the eligibility criteria
  • Selection will be carried out using the defined selection criteria from the pool of Shortlisted applications
  • Communication with successful applicants shall be by email to the email address provided and a phone call to the phone number provided on the application form

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Application Deadline  1st August 2021.

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