Hello Greatness Partner,
How is your entrepreneurial hustle going? Trust FAB!
I bet… I know it’s not easy, but we are not gonna give up either.
So, this time I have a full guide on how to go about the International Breweries (KickStart Nigeria) 2019 Grant Application.
Ofcource … before you ask, I was on the KickStart list in 2017 (you know I brag with proofs) … (a wondeful experience I got all through). I will share more about that below.
Tried getting some pictures from the Bootcamp… but can’t lay my hands on any now.
PLAY BY THE RULE OF THE GAME TO WIN THE GAME.
So, for you to win any grant anywhere, you must understand the laws of the land and follow them or tweak them diligently to win the GAME. (atleast, I’m speaking from experience of winning multiple grants both locally and internationally).
I therefore recommend you follow the following rules if you are interested in winning;
1) Understand timing; know the starting and closing date of any application you are interested in.
2) Understand the requirements; know what it takes to get involve in the application e.g business nature, age, sector, finance level etc
3) Understand the Organizers: know the mind of the organizers by studying the FAQs session. It’s vital
4) Understand the Grant Procedure: know the timeline of the grant, from application submission to grant award day.
5) Understanding Positioning: Know how to strategically position yourself, figure yourself as the grant giver and see what you might look out for. It’s worth the effort (don’t doubt me).
And to cap it all .. prepare your business for what is cominggggg.
I recently run a training called GRANT HACK. It details all my strategies used over the years to access over 6 grants for my BUSINESS. You can read more about the next training here; CLICK
Meanwhile, here is a quickie from my GRANT HACK session; to easily access grant and beat competition just like I was selected for Tony Elumelu among over One Hundred Thousand Applicants;
1) START a Business. The keyword here is START. And i always advice START ANYHOW. It’s best to apply for a grant with an existing business than just an idea. (don’t get me wrong, ideas WIN too, but it’s better to apply with an existing business.)
2) Register your business with the CAC (Corporate Affairs Commission). It gives you an edge. And it’s not expensive.
3) Get a TIN (i.e Tax Identification Number). this you will need to have a business bank account.
4) Open your business account and start using it.
5) Start your business small, with your savings, best way to get started. (exactly what i did).
6) Start generating traction for your business. Monitor and record your little progress from customer acquisition to sales, expemses big and small, website design and all.
7) Go for Grants. Start your search for grants massively. Plenty of them out there and you are good to go at this stage.
8) Develop your business plan. This is no jokes (it’s gonna go along way to help you). I mean it. You can easily copy and paste to multiple applications as they come from your biz plan. (goodnews is, I can run a comprehensive grant-winning business plan for you with chikini money. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or chat me on whatsapp 07038649165).
9) Consult those with proofs and results to help you review your applications before submission. It is essential, not just anybody, but those with result (ofcourse, mine are pretty obvious. And I will review your applications before submission for a very rediculous amount. Just email me at email@example.com or chat me on whatsapp 07038649165).
10) GO TO NUMBER 1 AND READ CAREFULLY AGAIN for better understanding.
Now, to the topic which is HOW TO APPLY AND WIN THE INTERNATIONAL BREWERIES (KICKSTART NIGERIA) 2019 GRANT.
About KickStart: KICKSTART is a corporate social investment by International Breweries PLC, (IBPLC) a proud part of Anheuser- Busch InBev (ABInBev) the world’s largest brewer . It aims at promoting a culture of entrepreneurship among youth in Nigeria.
The initiative has been running in the South-Western and South-Eastern zones of Nigeria since 2015. Through the provision of material and financial support, the initiative continues to encourage young entrepreneurs to develop their big ideas into sustainable businesses or expand their existing businesses. This has created socioeconomic
opportunities for young citizens between the ages of 18 and 35. The initiative avails them the opportunity to create and earn a sustainable living thus impacting the economy of their respective host communities.
The programme was first launched as a poverty alleviation initiative in South Africa in 1995 by South Africa Brewery (SABMiller) then major shareholder of IBPLC. Since then, it has also been implemented in other African countries like Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Tanzania. In Nigeria, the KICKSTART initiative is administered by the International Breweries Foundation, for the first time since inception, it will be open to applicants from all the six geo-political zones in the country.
International Breweries’ KICKSTART contributes to the following United Nations Sustainable Development Goals:
Message from the Managing Director: International Breweries PLC:The future belongs to the young. But only visionary and self-starting young men and women who seize the moment can ever hope to chart a course into that future. In today’s knowledge-driven world, young people have continued to demonstrate their readiness to assume eminence, as exemplified by their emergence as global leaders in politics, enterprise management, technology and even in matters of faith.
We launch KICKSTART in 2016 as a corporate social investment initiative to ignite the passion of Nigerian youth for leadership in business. The impact of our entrepreneurs so far is a revelation in inherent ingenuity, creativity and innovation of young Nigerians. they provide a powerful case for the relevance of entrepreneurship in leading the way in the nation’s economic development.
We encourage more young Nigerians to key-in to the vision behind KICKSTART to tap into the almost limitless opportunities that abound in the business world. With KICKSTART, Nigerian youths no longer need to subscribe to the well-worn notion that ‘dream die first.
No. It can only get better
LET ME SHARE MY KICKSTART SELECTION EXPERIENCE IN 2017
Ok.. in brief. I applied online (ofcouse there is offline (paper) application. I went online to apply around July …yh. I got an SMS Mid (i can’t remember precisely) September or August ending about my selection and requirement and preparation for training. Fast-Forward. I find myself in Ilesha, Osun State for a 7 Days Bootcamp (i can’t explain where my pictures disappear to). It was a WoW experiece (accomodation, feeding all taken care of) … lodged in a very lovely hotel, the food …hnn too good (let me mention that you will be over-fed). Too much food. And we run three session per day (morning, afternoon, evening) with leading business and professional leader taking us on all levels of business operation (practical and otherwise). Hey, I should not forget the early morning workouts (compulsory for all)… interesting too. And the last day (7th days) it was club all night (dance out the stress) with plenty to eat and drink. And then… bye bye to our houses/states. And few weeks after all that.. we all came back to submit our business plans. And then they select those who get the grant award base on how good your business plan was after which, we recieved a call to come and defend in front of some very serious business men and women (oldies…smiles). And then, the award day… no fix amount for KickStart, depends on how much you write, and most importantly, how well you can defend the business plan. Some, request for N500,000 and were given N200,000 and some request for N600,000 and end up getting N1,000,000. So, you seriously have to defend (don’t worry you can defend your business in YORUBA or any language you are comfortable with .. not necessarily english.) Yeah right… that;s true. And that’s my experience in brief ooo.
NOW, MY A TO Z GUIDE ON HOW TO APPLY AND WIN
Follow this diligently; the following are expected questions you will answer when filling the form.
COMPANY NAME: just enter your business name there whether registered or not
COMPANY ADDRESS: fix in your location, address.
COMPANY EMAIL: enter the active email you are using
COMPANY LOCATION STATE: enter your business location state (it’s needed. did i add that they will visit your business place if you enter that you are already in operation…yh yh.)
TYPE OF ORGANISATION: which are you? enter it. sole proprietor or LTD?
BUSINESS SECTOR: enter the industry you are playing in
WEBSITE (if available): Ok, they ask because it’s necessary. I encourage my folks to get a WEBSITE, they are not as expensive as before. It increases your selection CHANCES. And I offer to create one for you for only N30,000 token (Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or chat me on whatsapp 07038649165).
IS THE BUSINESS REGISTERED?: I recommend registering your business or idea. Good for you, better for you. But enter YES OR NO. Meanwhile, I can get your business registered in few weeks, get in touch. Just email me at email@example.com or chat me on whatsapp 07038649165).
YEARS IN BUSINESS: Before you answer, read the rules. If your business is more than 3years, you will not be selected. So you have to be younger and or new.
NATURE OF BUSINESS (DESCRIBE YOUR BUSINESS IN DETAILS, THIS SHOULD INCLUDE YOUR MARKET POTENTIAL AND SIZE) – (not more than 250 words): Now, this is everthing for KickStart. This one question determines whether you get selected or not. Just this question alone. it’s what i will call your business plan. So, if you have one, just summarize it into 250 words and submit. If you don’t – I guess you want to contact me to write one for you urgently. Just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or chat me on whatsapp 07038649165).
HOW DO YOU HEAR ABOUT KICKSTART?: pick whatever you like (it kuku don’t matter)
Here is the second most crucial place inthe application. And I can always help you through professionally. Just get in touch.
NAME OF BUSINESS IDEA: this is different form your company name (and possibly it could be) but usually not. You are to give the idea a brand name different from the comapny name.
BUSINESS STAGE (startup or existing business): it’s you enter existing business, but they also select new business. So, try your luck.
TOTAL PROJECT COST: Anything from N250,000 to maximum N2,000,000 (depends on how much you need. Ask as you wish.
IS YOUR BSUINESS REGISTERED WITH CAC? (YES OR NO): yes is better as an answer (but if you have not, say NO). And if you want to regsiter, contact me.
IF YES, WHEN WAS YOUR BUSINESS REGISTERED?: fill in the date
FULL ADDRESS OF BUSINESS: tell them
WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS FUCOS AREA?: tell them again
HAVE YOU RECIEVED GRANTS FROM OTHER ORGANIZAIONS?: tell them if you have, if you like
IF YES, HOW DID THE GRANT IMPACT YOUR BUSINESS?: 50 words (please explain in clear words what you use the money for, very needed.)
EXPLAIN YOUR BUSINESS OR IDEA (150 words): this is another short summary about your business of idea. So, take time to answer.
WHAT PROBLEMS WILL/DOES YOUR PRODUCT OR SERVICES ADDRESS? (150 words): be realistic, your business or idea must – MUST be solving a problem. If is not solving a problem, close the application. Apply next year.
WHAT IS YOUR BUSINESS UNIQUE SELLING POINT? (100 words): USP is key, it is what separate you from others. So talk well about it.
DESCRIBE HOW YOU INTEND SELLING YOUR PRODUCT/SERVICE? (100 words): here are your marketing strategies… explain in details your selling approach and points.
WHAT SKILLS DO YOU POSSESS TO ENABLE YOUR IDEA/BUSINESS SUCCEED?: here is for you to brag… talk about your capacity, what you know, who you know, resources in your reach and all.
WHAT IS THE PROPOSED FINANCING PLAN? (equity, loan, grant): don’t say you dont have anything ooo, it is wise to always have a share in your business, no matter how small it is.
WHAT IS THE EXPECTED OUTCOME?: what impact will your business create in the society/community. What will be the success story?
WHY DO YOU DESERVE THE KICKSTART GRANT? (100 words): here you must be convincing enough on why you should be selected and not your competitors. be very reasonable.
REMEMBER THAT I HAVE SUCCESS STORIES… I CAN HELP YOU HANDLE THE COMPLETE REGISTRATION OR REVIEW YOUR APPLICATION AFTER COMPLETING IT BEFORE YOU SUBMIT.
Contact me through email at email@example.com or chat me on whatsapp 07038649165).
Success with your application.
Application Closes 31st July 2019.
Click here to APPLY: https://www.internationalbreweriesfoundation.org
MY REFERENCE FOR THIS INFORMATION:
See You at the TOP.