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2024 Ugwumba Startups Boot Camp

The Ugwumba Startups Boot Camp is the business development training component of the annual Ugwumba Enterprise Challenge designed to empower young entrepreneurs in Nigeria with the skills, knowledge, and networks necessary to launch and scale successful businesses.

Since inception in 2018, we have supported the birth of over 5,000 SMEs and startups in Nigeria and have built a community of over 20,000 young entrepreneurs in Africa.

This year’s edition, which is the 7th in the series is scheduled to hold in Owerri, Imo State on Tuesday, August 06, 2024 at the West Brook Hotels, Owerri, Imo State.

Target Audience:

The Ugwumba Startups Boot Camp targets:

a) Young entrepreneurs with innovative ideas and passions for business,

b) Individuals seeking to launch their first venture, and

c) Existing startups seeking to scale their operations and expand their market reach.

Call for Applications:

To apply, all interested startup founders should click here.

NB: Applications are open from July 01, 2024 until July 31, 2024 by 11.59pm WAT.

Strategic Objectives:

a) Develop a robust business plan: Participants will learn how to create compelling business plans that attract investors and guide their strategic direction.

b) Master essential business skills: Training will focus on key areas such as marketing, sales, finance, operations, and customer service.

c) Learn pitching techniques: Participants will receive expert guidance on crafting persuasive pitches to secure funding and partnerships.

d) Build a strong network: The boot camp fosters connections between entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, and other stakeholders.

e) Access funding opportunities: Participants will be exposed to potential funding sources and learn how to navigate the investment landscape.

Program Components:

The Boot Camp shall feature:

a) Interactive workshops: Led by experienced entrepreneurs and industry experts, covering key business concepts and practical skills.

b) Networking events: Facilitating connections with other entrepreneurs, mentors, potential investors, and industry partners.

c) Pitch competition: Participants will present their business ideas to a panel of judges for the opportunity to win funding and prizes.

Our Sustainability Plan:

The Startups Boot Camp shall be sustained through:

a) Partnerships with private sector companies: Securing funding and in-kind support from corporations and businesses.

b) Collaboration with educational institutions: Leveraging the resources and expertise of universities and technical colleges.

c) Government grants and funding: Seeking public sector support to expand the program’s reach.

d) Alumni network: Building a strong community of graduates who mentor future participants and contribute to the program’s growth.

Expected Outcomes:

a) Increased entrepreneurial activity: The boot camp will inspire and equip more young people to pursue entrepreneurship.

b) Enhanced business skills: Participants will gain valuable knowledge and skills to build and scale their businesses.

c) Improved access to funding: The program will connect entrepreneurs with potential investors and funding opportunities.

d) Job creation: Successful startups created through the boot camp will contribute to economic growth and job creation.

e) Positive societal impact: By empowering young entrepreneurs, the program will contribute to innovation, development, and social change in Nigeria.


The Startups Boot Camp is essential for promoting entrepreneurship and driving economic growth in Nigeria. By providing comprehensive training, mentorship, and networking opportunities, the program will empower young entrepreneurs to transform their ideas into successful businesses, contributing to a more prosperous and innovative future for the nation.

Contact Information:

To participate, partner or sponsor this project, please, call +234 8038702075 or email:

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