Connect Nigeria, in its bid to encourage the economic motive of self-reliance or entrepreneurship in Nigeria, has launched the Top 100 Emerging SMEs 2019 campaign, geared towards celebrating some of the most outstanding and fast-growing SMEs in Nigeria.
With a key focus on startups and rapidly growing businesses, Connect Nigeria through diligent research plans to make public the list of Top 100 most authentic emerging businesses in Nigeria.
Part of the campaign includes leveraging on the opportunity presented by the tech ecosystem to connect with Nigerians and Nigerian businesses. Some of the digital and media platforms which will aid in reaching this goal include social media, Google Search, websites, and newsletters. It is a project that among other factors seeks to encourage hard working and skilled Nigerian entrepreneurs who despite all the risk and stress attached to running a business in Nigeria have not given up on the idea of building their own enterprise and contributing to the growth and development of the most populous black nation’s economy.
In a bid to cover a wide range of businesses in Nigeria, Connect Nigeria has segmented the SMEs into 29 categories. Some of which include:
- Fashion & Style,
- Environmental Management,
- Social Enterprise,
- Tourism & Hospitality,
- Sports, Tech Startups,
- Alternative Energy,
- Beauty and Wellness
There are key parameters or eligibility criteria your business must meet to be nominated for consideration in Connect Nigeria’s Top 100 SMEs list which includes:
- proper documentation and registration with the Corporate Affairs Commission (CAC),
- quality services capable of meeting global standards,
- demonstrate strong financial understanding,
- have strong leadership among other factors.
These requirements are meant to ensure that businesses selected are properly managed, with their systems or modes of operation capable of competing at global level.
This year, the annual shortlist intends to beat the heights attained in 2018, which saw over 10,000 businesses nominated, and 63,000 Nigerians participating in the voting system that shot 100 enterprises to spotlight with one of the nominees, Oginni Tolulope (CEO & Founder of Transfund Farms) going further to make the cut for the Forbes 30 under 30 list.
The goal for the 2019 edition of the Top 100 campaign is to have over 100,000 Nigerian businesses nominated, engaging 1,000,000 Nigerians in the process. Nigerians are welcome to participate through nominating growing businesses here.
Nominations will close on 31st October 2019, and the top 100 businesses that made the cut will be announced on November 2019.