Auditioning for Entrepreneur TV series moves to Aba

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

AUDITIONING of participants for the Entrepreneur TV Series sponsored by ECOBANK and Vitamalt has moved to Aba, Abia State. The Aba auditioning is coming barely two days after the Kano show, which had participants from most of the northern states scuttling for place in the TV reality series.

Producer of the TV series, Inspire Media Production Company says the Aba auditioning is meant to take care of interested participants from the South East and South South part of the country.

Executive Director of the company, Goke Dokun, in a chat with the media in Kano, venue of the first auditioning, said so far the TV series has been highly successful as prospective entrepreneurs from the northern part of the country daily thronged the Kano venue to get a place in the show.

Dokun assured the public that the Entrepreneur TV Series promises to be rewarding for prospective and growing entrepreneurs, as well as an entertaining TV show, the first of its kind in Nigeria.

For Dokun, the Entrepreneur TV Series is designed as a platform to invest in innovative social enterprises that will help achieve a positive social impact, alleviating poverty and empowering small businesses.

He reiterated that the auditioning, which will move to Lagos on July 3rd will result in the selection of 60 people deemed to have met the standard criteria to participate in the TV show.

According to him, the Growing Business Foundation and the Small and Medium Enterprises Development Agency (SMEDAN) is managing the process of selecting the qualified candidates. This, he said, is following from their pedigree of supporting and determining worthwhile businesses over the years.

Dokun explained that those selected will come to Lagos to face the panel that will determine those whose businesses or business ideas qualify to be supported with money of up to one million naira.

The winning candidates, who will be chosen through a competitive presentation, are expected to impress a panel of four with their creativity and vision to access the needed cash. The panel comprises The Chairman, The Advisor, The Banker and the Business Angel, who will scrutinise the aspiring Entrepreneur’s ideas for content and relevance.

To him, the programme is unique in several ways. First, it gives Nigerian micro-entrepreneurs the freedom to own their ideas, by allowing them access to required cash without interference on how they run it, as well as recognising the need to further empower the Nigerian entrepreneur whom the world has acknowledged as being innovative but lacking the required funding to start up their businesses.

He stated that registration for the series will end on July 1st and encouraged interested participant to register in any ECOBANK branch nationwide or download hardcopy forms, which they are to submit in any branch of ECOBANK nationwide.

Source: Guardian Newspaper (link opens in a new window)