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RIED - Programs

ENTREPRENEURS DEVELOPMENT PROGRAMME

Rivers Entrepreneurs Initiative for Development (REID) will stimulate young Rivers people to think about entrepreneurship and the role of the business community in economic and social development. Young people also get an opportunity to analyze the changes taking place in the state and encouraged to consider self-employment and enterprise creation as a career choice.
REID would be a framework that would seek to prepare youths for transition from school to work by imparting entrepreneurial knowledge and skills that will prepare students to start their own business in the future; establish mindset and attitude that can be applied in all aspects of one’s life, including personal and professional arenas.
REID would play a catalytic role in stimulating entrepreneurship/professional development with capacity for harnessing the innate potentials of young Rivers people in a productive manner. The hub will be a one-stop centre for youth enterprise development. The centre will provide the training and capacity building for secondary, undergraduates and fresh graduates; delivering the following services:

• Training and qualifications;
• Mentorship and apprenticeships;
• Business development supports and professional bespoke courses;
• Business incubation supports and business skills workshops;
• Business/Career counseling, job placements and recruitment linkages;
• Employer engagement, industry assessor and academic assessor programmes;
• Grants and loans and access to finance services;
• Forward linkage with ‘business angels’, growth finance investors and venture capitalist;
• Access to market and market development;
• Artisans’ skills development, certification and recertification programmes.

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