Federal Government Unveils YouWin 2 for Women

YouWiN! Women is the second edition of the entrepreneurial scheme which is designed for only female entrepreneurs aged 45 years or less. This is to boost the number of women beneficiaries, which was just 17 per cent in the first phase of the competition.

YouWiN! stands for Youth Enterprise with Innovation in Nigeria. It is an innovative business plan competition aimed at job creation by encouraging and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Nigeria to develop and execute business ideas. The first phase of the programme was accomplished by selection of 1,200 awardees who received between N1 million and N10 million grant at the Presidential Villa on April 12, 2012.

The President of Nigeria, Goodluck Jonathan launched the second phase of the YouWIN programme at the Banquet Hall of the Presidential Villa on Monday, 3rd of September, 2012. The President said the second phase was initiated to focus on harnessing the brilliant ideas, innovative acumen and drive that vibrant young Nigerian women possessed.

He said 1,200 award winners would be selected across the six geo-political zones, in which each beneficiary would receive between N1 million to N10 million in addition to other training programmes. The first stage business concept submission started on 3rd of September, 2012.

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To be eligible for the Business Plan Competition you must satisfy the following criteria

  • You must be a proven citizen of Nigeria and a woman no older than 45 years (proof of identity: International passport/Drivers License/National ID/Voters card required)
  • You must have a post-secondary school qualification
  • Your proposed business venture must be within the national borders of Nigeria, and with the intention of employing Nigerian citizens.
  • Your proposed venture must not entail the production or distribution of weapons, alcoholic beverages, tobacco or/and gambling, or any activities in contradiction with the Nigerian constitution
  • You must prepare an innovative business concept summary

You must choose to participate in one award pool. There are 6 regional pools on the basis of geo-political zone as identified by market in which you want to do business.

Competition Timeline

  • Mon. Sep 3, 2012 Launch of 2012/2013 Edition of the YouWiN! Business Plan Competition tagged “YouWiN! Women”.
  • Mon. Sep 3, 2012 First stage business concept submission starts after launch by President Goodluck Jonathan.
  • Sun. Oct 14, 2012 First stage business concept submission closes. No entries accepted after this date.
  • Mon. Oct 15, 2012 Marking of first stage submission by an International Business School.
  • Fri. Nov 30, 2012Notification of successful first stage candidates and invitation for training in each state of the nation.
  • Mon. Dec 10, 2012Training of the 1st set of second stage candidate starts. Trainings will be held in sets on 10 – 21 December 2012 and 2 – 11 January 2013.
  • Mon. Dec 10, 2012 Submission of second stage business plan starts on 10 December 2012 and ends 8 February 2013. Please note that only entries from candidates who attended the training and had their biometrics information collected are eligible and will be reviewed.
  • Fri. Feb 8, 2013 Submission of second stage business plan entries closes. All qualifying candidates must submit their business plans by this date.
  • Mon. Feb 11, 2013 Business plan marking commences with an international business school providing quality assurance.
  • Wed. May 1, 2013 Winners are notified and published on website and major national dailies.



Joy Emmanuel says:

I have faith in the youwin program because it has been very transparent. I have submitted my 2nd round business plan with the hope that i will get the grant to expand my business.

Florence says:

Its a good program that will alleviate poverty in the country if this is championed on justice, fairness and equity. But i registered and applied in september and have no reply from youwin yet. Why?

Emma says:

Those in charge of this programme should knw dat God kept dem 4 a purpose and wil ask dem question afta death.dey should run 4rm corruption

Joy says:

Pls you people should use the various NDE offices at the state or local govt level and creat adequate awarnes and stop this your “busy doing nothing “method,it wnt take u people any bcus those who are suppose to benefit 4rm it dnt even knw it exist and those dat knws dnt knw hw 2 go about it. May God give u gud conscience to do dis job

Joy says:

What a God forsaken country,how do people send their business plann afta registratn,u just bring pple at d middle of the road nd walk away .no proper explanation,no awareness kai what a funny country

Paul says:

We should stop bein. Stupid,how do u want to use the internet for an important issue like this when govt knows that most nigerians dnt have access to d internet.

Emmanuel says:

Nothing in dis country is eva planned well,the less privilegd in the rural area who dnt hv access to d internet what is their fate?or are they not nigerians?

Benjamin says:

This is for the better. The Nigerian fiedrateon has always been rife with corruption, even during the glory years of Sunday Oliseh, Finidi George, and Jay Jay Okocha. There are still many people who believe the Super Eagles threw that Round of 16 match against Denmark in ’98.

Ike-Onuigbo Chinyere Gift says:

I tried logging in but can’t and I have applied since 7th Sept, 2012 what can I do sir. Thank you

Olanrewaju Oniyitan says:

If you are already registered, go to the Login page and click “Forgot Your Password?”. It will take you to another page that will request for your email. Use the email that you provided during your registration. Follow the instructions thereafter. Goodluck with your application.



Olanrewaju Oniyitan says:

When you click on the Apply Now link above you will be re-directed to the YouWin page where you will be requested to register. Goodluck with your application.

folakemi saleh ahmed says:

thank u for the opportunity but where do we submit the proposal sir?

Olanrewaju Oniyitan says:

Please visit https://www.youwin.org.ng/howapply.php. You can also click on the “APPLY NOW” text above. It will take you straight to the link. Goodluck with your application.