The Enterprise Challenge” was a competition by Virgin Atlantic Airways in partnership with the British Council and Zenith bank in Nigeria. Our aim was to target Nigerian students interested studying in the UK, as well as Nigerian students with a potential of doing so.
It was an online competition seeking to give young entrepreneurial minds the opportunity to present their innovative ideas with the possibility of winning a mentoring meeting with Richard Branson amongst other mind blowing prizes.
The competition proved very popular with almost 2,000 applications received in the first week. Two winners were selected – one based in Nigeria and one Nigerian already studying in London.
The winners went through some stages of task in order to win the competition, including a short article about their entrepreneurial aspirations, a business plan in video format and a pitch to a panel of judges from Virgin Atlantic and the British Council Nigeria.
At the end of an 8hrs presentation, two candidates emerged winners of the 5weeks competition. The prizes won includes, an opportunity to meet Sir Richard Branson in London, a fully-funded scholarship to attend an entrepreneurship foundation course at the Branson Centre for Entrepreneurship in Joburg South Africa, a grant from Zenith Bank in Nigeria to further develop their proposed business idea and 2 economy class return tickets to the United Kingdom
Eseoghene Ise Odiete, a 24 year old Creative Director, Hesey Designs and Nasir Abdulquadi, a 24 year old Postgraduate Student (MSc Creative Technology) Middlesex University, London had the privilege of meeting with Richard Branson in London on the 1st of July.