Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Programme

The Oxford Foundry and  FMDQ Private Markets have partnered to accelerate the growth of Nigeria’s start-up ecosystem and nurture a future generation of young Nigerian leaders in entrepreneurship, through knowledge exchange and collaboration.
The Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Programme (“YELP”) will offer twenty (20) young emerging Nigerian leaders – to be known as ‘OXFO-FMDQ Young Entrepreneur Leaders’ – with a bespoke leadership training programme delivered over four (4) months from April 25, 2022 to August 26, 2022.

The online Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Programme requires a commitment of at least ten (10) hours per month, consisting of:

  • Roundtable discussions with world-leaders in business and entrepreneurship
  • Masterclasses to build essential leadership skills
  • A virtual entrepreneurial learning environment

Key Dates:

  • Application Duration: December 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022
  • Interview Dates: February 7 – 18, 2022
  • Announcement of Finalists: February 25, 2022
  • Programme Duration: April 25 – August 26, 2022
The purpose of YELP is to provide bespoke leadership training to support the next generation of Nigerian business leaders, by providing them with robust frameworks, multidisciplinary networks, resources (technical and otherwise) and platforms to become purpose-driven leaders and build high-growth businesses in the future.
The motivation of FMDQ Private Markets and Oxford Foundry, the University of Oxford entrepreneurship centre, is to open access to the pursuit of entrepreneurial endeavour and create strong exposure and learning on critical skills to help emerging young Nigerian leaders push forward with their entrepreneurial ambitions.
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