Kwara To Support Innovative Ideas Among Youths

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…To sponsor three to ‘Intra-Africa Trade Fair’ in South Africa.

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 By Wole Adedeji, Ilorin

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The Kwara State government is organising a trade competition known as ‘Kwara Pitch Competition’ which will produce three outstanding persons to participate in an Inter-Africa Trade Fair scheduled to hold next month in South Africa.

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The fair scheduled hold between November 15th and 21st, 2021 is in compliance with the African Free Trade Zone which offers prospective participants to meet with investors from all over the world and partners from the developed world.

To this effect, the Kwara State Government has said as part of its commitment to create enterprising environment and supporting people with innovative ideas that can transform the economy fortune of the state for good, it is sponsoring the best three to South Africa for the continental trade fair.

The project ‘Kwara Pitch Competition’ is therefore put in place by the government through an open entry from which a number would be shortlisted and at the end, the best three would emerge.

These best three are the ones to go to South Africa and their trip will be “wholly funded  by the government of Kwara State”, according to Aliyu Alhassan, Senior Special Assistant on Job Creation to the Kwara State Governor.

Aliyu Alhassan, while addressing Journalists on the program said to be designed by the government at the instance of Governor AbdulRazaq was said to aim a better economy fortune of the state and tagged ‘Kwara Pitch Competition’.

Alhassan, called on the people with innovative ideas to apply for the competition through Kwara State Government Facebook account pointing out that “the competition is open to young business owners who will pitch their product, service, or prototype to a team of successful men and women from different industries.

He noted that winners of the competition would be having opportunities to get trainings, mentorship, and several other opportunities to scale their brand”

Alhassan added that the bigger aim of the project was to scale up the economy fortune of Kwara and create abundant opportunities saying; “we are hoping to scale up businesses that will in turn and create jobs and project for our state on the map of innovations, enterprise, technology and development.

“These are part of the core goals of Mallam AbdulRazaq led administration” he further stressed.

Giving information on the application processes, Alhassan, said: “We have published an e-form that will allow intending participants to answer questions relating to their businesses adding that the electronics form inquires about the personality of the business, current investors, among others”

He, stated further that for the purpose of clarity of the business identity, “applications are required to upload a presentation of 2 minutes video, which is expected to answer four questions, such as; the product/service, the targeted problem to solve, the uniqueness and the team members behind it”

The governor’s Senior Special Assistant, however, implored young people with innovative ideas to apply reiterating that three best winners would be wholly funded by the state government to the Intra-Africa Trade Fair in South Africa.

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