Oxford Foundry/FMDQ Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Program 2022

Oxford Foundry and FMDQ Private Markets are now accepting applications from aspiring young entrepreneurial leaders (aged 21-35 years old) based in Nigeria for its 2022 Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Program (YELP). The deadline for the submission of applications is January 31, 2022.

Do you want to create positive change in your community and have a goal to contribute towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals? Then apply for the Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Programme, run by the Oxford Foundry at the University of Oxford, and FMDQ Private Markets Limited.

The Oxford Foundry (OXFO) and FMDQ Private Markets Limited (FMDQ), Africa’s first vertically integrated financial market infrastructure group, have partnered to accelerate the growth of Nigeria’s start-up ecosystem and nurture a future generation of young Nigerian leaders in entrepreneurship, through knowledge exchange and collaboration.

The Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Program (YELP) will offer twenty (20) young emerging Nigerian leaders – to be known as ‘OXFO-FMDQ Young Entrepreneur Leaders’ – with a bespoke leadership training program delivered over four (4) months from April 25, 2022 to August 26, 2022.

The online program requires a commitment of at least ten (10) hours per month, consisting of:

  • Roundtable discussions with world leaders in business and entrepreneurship.
  • Masterclasses to build essential leadership skills.
  • A virtual entrepreneurial learning environment.

Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Program (YELP) Eligibility

  • Open to aspiring young entrepreneurial leaders (aged 21-35 years old) based in Nigeria who dares to do what’s right, not what’s easy, to create positive change in their region.
  • Leaders must be committed to pursuing transformation in the Nigerian community through their work. They are individuals who are committed to making an impact and are seeking the leadership skills and moral imagination to make it happen.
  • The Leaders they seek can be from for-profit or non-profit organizations or government entities. They typically look to train leaders with a goal to support the achievement of one or more of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in Nigeria, categorized as follows:
    • Entrepreneurs: Founders or leaders for a for-profit or non-profit organization
    • Intrapreneurs: Creating innovative solutions from within an existing institution by shifting its culture; building new collaborations and aligning its objectives to tackle the SDGs
    • Organisation builders: Supporting the growth of an organization, institution, or company, focused on achieving the SDGs but not as the founder or Chief Executive Officer
    • Leaders with strong personal integrity, unrelenting perseverance, and moral imagination
    • Committed individuals ready to undergo an intensive four-month-long personal transformation and leadership journey
    • Individuals of all gender and education levels who can participate in a program conducted in English and are living in Nigeria

Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Program (YELP) Benefits

  • Access influential networks and meet leading professionals: Build your skills through four (4) virtual masterclasses and roundtable discussions delivered by world-class business leaders and accomplished entrepreneurs
  • Gain leadership skills and insights: Acquire the critical leadership skills required for the modern economy, including purposeful leadership, culture and strategy, diversity and inclusion, resilience, social influence, building and leading high performing teams, and much more
  • Build your professional and personal networks: Grow your professional network through the relationships you build with leading professionals
  • Join a supportive community: Gain access to a strong support community of peers
  • Make a difference: Unlock your leadership potential and help make the world a better place by contributing to the SDGs
  • Boost your CV and gain skills that are in very high demand from employers

Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Program (YELP) Selection Criteria

  • Intellectually curious individuals are eager to learn and solve problems.
  • Any relevant work experience to date and skills you have acquired.
  • Self-driven individuals with aspirations to become a future leader in business, start-ups, venture capital, and/or non-profit organizations.
  • Impact-focused individuals are determined to use the learnings from this experience to help tackle one or more of the SDGs and make the world a better place.

How to Apply for Young Entrepreneurs Leadership Program (YELP)

Interested candidates who meet the criteria listed above should apply by clicking on the “Apply” button below:


Key Dates:

  • Application Duration: December 1, 2021 – January 31, 2022
  • Interview Dates: February 7 – 18, 2022
  • Announcement of Finalists: February 25, 2022
  • Program Duration: April 25 – August 26, 2022

For specific inquiries, please email us at yelp@fmdqgroup.com.

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