The search is on for the best creative start-ups in Nigeria. Do you have a game-changing creative solution or idea that you CAN’T WAIT to unveil to the world? This opportunity is perfect for you.

· The program OFFERS an accelerator program, a 5-day Boot camp, intense mentoring from a pool of both local and international mentors. Apply for the Creative Business Cup Nigeria today by visiting to apply and win up to 1million Naira & a trip to represent Nigeria at the Creative Business Cup Global Final.

· The Creative Business Cup is brought to you by the Mastercard Foundation-Young Africa Works Nigeria in partnership with the Enterprise Development Centre & Global Entrepreneurship Network Nigeria.





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To commemorate the 2021 international women’s Day, the Women Founders Group is celebrating 50 Inspiring Women in Northern Nigeria, who are doing exceptionally in different fields of work, inspiring the community bringing different experiences, perspectives, and skills to tackle situations, manage businesses and support the growth of one another. Despite the global pandemic of COVID 19, these women still run sustainable businesses because they choose to challenge.
This project is very dear to us, as we are advocating for Gender Equality and also expose the amazing works of Northern women to the world. We believe by doing so, it would also inspire other women especially budding entrepreneurs, students and young career seekers to work hard and build their dreams to change the face of our society.
Today we celebrate these women and many more to come who will put our community in the spotlight of impact and change.

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Brycoal Nigeria WON the Multi City UNDP Challenge !

The Multi City Challenge is a process by which cities facing common problems pool expertise from residents to discover and implement innovative solutions. We want to hear your solutions to three complex urban challenges in five African cities.

With waste generation expected to grow from 165 million tonnes, in 2020, to 368 million tonnes, by 2040 (UN, 2014), cities urgently need to find innovative strategies to reduce waste generation and improve its management. Increasing population, rural-urban migration, and shifting consumption patterns, are all combining to increase the amount of waste produced, in turn overwhelming the capacity of existing waste collection systems. Companies are also contributing to this issue by manufacturing single-use, non-recyclable, and excessive packaging for most consumer and commercial goods. Governments lack the efficient infrastructure to collect, sort, and manage waste in a timely manner, which is compounded by residents’ low awareness about the need to reduce, separate, recycle and reuse waste. There is the prevailing sentiment among populations that any individual effort to address this is futile. Governments and communities lack the legislative and policy tools to enforce good practices and implement innovative new ones. On top of this, a lack of coordination and cooperation between governments, private sector stakeholders, and city residents, exacerbates the problem and inhibits opportunities for meaningful progress. The final result of these factors is massive amounts of waste that can’t be adequately processed, resulting in dangerous and harmful outcomes like illegal waste dumps, pollution, infectious diseases, and other public health issues.

Among the cities participating in the challenge, Kano State is a participating city with two startups on the list Zero Bola nd Brycoal, in the waste management and reduction category and also the building urban resilience in slums and informal settlements category. Startups were welcomed to send in their ideas and solutions which would be evaluated by city councils and the UNDP, together with the teams at the New York University.

The Multi-City Challenge combines extensive training for public servants to learn how to engage with residents (citizen engagement), with a competition to invite the public to share solutions (collective intelligence), and then a coaching program for residents and public services to develop those solutions into implementable new policies and services. The initiative aims to tackle pressing urban challenges by partnering with the people most affected by these issues – city residents.

Residents in Accra (Ghana), Bahir Dar (Ethiopia), Kampala (Uganda), Kano (Nigeria), and Mutare (Zimbabwe) will be invited to develop solutions to three problems the cities are collectively confronting: digitalizing the informal economy, building urban resilience, and improving waste management. Public servants will participate in an extensive training curriculum beginning this week focusing on problem definition to define the challenges precisely and with the benefit of data.

Among the startups that participated in the challenge in Kano was Brycoal Nigeria limited, a waste management and renewable energy startup, the startup participated in the waste management and waste reduction category, their unique solution focuses on utilizing farm waste generated in farms and market places across the city to produce sustainable charcoal substitutes for cooking and heating in households. Brycoal is also a portfolio startup in the prestigious Startup Kano Hub. They emerged as the overall winner of the Multicity Challenge waste management and waste reduction category, they would be awarded on the 22nd February 2021 and would subsequently be working with the UNDP and the Kano state government to fully implement a pilot of the solution in the City.

Here is the congratulations message the Brycoal team got.

As a Multi-City Challenge winner, your idea has passed three selection stages: first, it was among the 20 best voted ideas under this challenge by the general public in the open evaluation stage. Then, out of these 20, it was among the best-rated ideas by a team of local and international thematic experts. Finally, it was evaluated for its feasibility and desirability by all city councils participating in the reducing waste generation and improving waste management challenge. To win, your idea had the best overall evaluation from experts and participating city councils

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British Council Creative Enterprise Program 2021 Kano Virtual

About the Program

The Creative Enterprise Programme provides a creative approach to business for creative people. The workshop uses tried-and-tested business concepts presented in a way conducive for creative people to learn.

The Creative Enterprise Programme builds on the Creative Enterprise Toolkit and adapts its content for a workshop environment. The workshop is a learn-by-doing approach – participants complete the workshop exercises with their business in the focus. There are interactive exercises, peer-led activities, guest speakers, and time for reflection, all curated for a positive learning environment.

The workshop is led by a Creative Enterprise Programme workshop facilitator (and creative entrepreneur in their own right), who creates a safe space for learning and feedback. The workshop facilitator provides guidance to help creative and social entrepreneurs explore their business ideas, develop their business proposition, and create a business model that suits their hopes and motivations.

After the three-day workshop, the participants join the Creative Enterprise Programme community and will have opportunities to attend alumni events, participate in ongoing learning, have their success story published by Nesta and the British Council as a global case study, and more. In this case, we will create a WhatsApp group for ongoing support and other opportunities.

The Creative Enterprise Programme is for entrepreneurs in the creative industries, such as advertising and marketing; architecture; crafts; creative hubs; design (product, graphic, interior, etc); digital media and gaming; fashion; film, TV and radio; performing arts; publishing and literature; museums, galleries, and libraries; music; and visual arts and photography.

How to Apply

If you are in the above category you can apply here,

Application closes by 16th, mach 2021



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Startup Kano Team Launches a Mobile Application to Fight COVID 19 in Kano State

Stay Home Stay Safe


In as much as we do not want to associate you with COVID-19, we still feel it’s important that we come up with an Application that would help you clear any doubt regarding any symptoms you might be experiencing. We hope you find it helpful. Stay Safe.
This Application is designed to help you answer some basic symptomatic questions about your COVID-19 status. Results at the end would tell you if you align with COVID-19 symptoms or not.

A lot of people find it difficult to differentiate between COVID-19 symptoms and conventional illness’s symptoms. We have designed this Application to help solve the doubt you have on symptoms you might be exhibiting lately. Walking up to a clinic or hospital to ask questions regarding some symptoms we exhibit that align similar to that of COVID-19 has been a nightmare to some of us. This App is to help you do a self-assessment before you eventually go for a proper test at any accredited center.


You can get the application here

You can access covid19 updates/news worldwide from NCDC & WHO. The App will also allow doctors to report cases easily for a fast response. Send all feedback to

The App is still in development.

Basic App Troubleshooting to Note: if it doesn’t download on ur phone or it’s downloaded but keeps stopping, leave feedback and specify with ur phone model, if it’s downloaded, you might check it in your file manager. This is a Test Run! Thank you


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