Kickstart is a youth (18-35) entrepreneurship programme implemented in: South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland & Tanzania.
The programme is aimed at creating a culture of entrepreneurship among young people by promoting business awareness and material support through:
The programme funds youth owned businesses through
- Developing business skills through training
- Providing grants as start-up capital (new businesses )
- Grants to support expansion of existing businesses
- Providing post investment support (mentoring & coaching)
- The programme funds youth owned businesses through business training, seed capital, post investment support (mentoring and coaching). Entrepreneurs with the strongest business case win grant funding.
The programme is intended to empower the youth to create their own jobs.
Youth unemployment in Africa is an important stakeholder concern and provides an opportunity for engagement to build reputation
An entrepreneurship CSI strategy anchored on Kickstart has been approved by EXCOM for rollout given the proven Kickstart success in a number of countries.
Kickstart season 3.0
International Breweries PLC Kickstart, is a corporate social investment (CSI) initiative run by its subsidiary IB PLC Foundation. It is aimed at instilling a culture of entrepreneurship among youth in the South Western Nigeria by encouraging them to develop their big ideas into sustainable businesses or expand their existing businesses through the provision of material and financial support which include:
- Business development skill training
- Business mentoring and coaching
- Provision of grant for business start-up and or expansion
First launched in South Africa in 1995 as a poverty alleviation initiative, the programme has also been implemented in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Tanzania. The International Breweries Foundation Kickstart programme is open only to Nigerians from 18 to 35 who live or have their business within the South Western region.
The programme run by IB PLC Foundation, insist that the ultimate goal of the programme is to help build a young prosperous society by helping to create a culture of entrepreneurship among the youths, thereby reducing youth unemployment in the South West. The KickStart programme is one major initiative that would turn around the lives of youths in the area and improve the economic prosperity of the South West.
The third Season of the programme is here and promises to be much more exciting, empowering and rewarding.