The Youth Innovation Fund (YIF) is SME.NG’s effort to address the worrisome phenomenon of youth unemployment in Nigeria by building the capacity of the youths and funding their business ideas. The YIF is aimed at equipping young people with the requisite skills and knowledge to be self-employed by starting and managing their own businesses. A database of young aspiring entrepreneurs between the ages of 18 and 35 years has been put up for this purpose.


YIF broad objectives include;

  • To create a learning platform that enhances young aspiring entrepreneurs in pitch, business management and technical skills, which will in turn improve their efficiency and productivity in national and international business space.
  • To invest in youth owned businesses and encourage self-employment among fresh graduates.
  • To birth, incubate and nurture youth owned business ideas to maximum potential.
  • To provide seed financing and resources that facilitate successful ventures.

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