Winners have emerged in the yearly national student entrepreneurship contest, popularly known as the National Company of the Year (NCOY) competition.
The event, which was held online recently, was jointly organised by the Junior Achievement (JA) Nigeria and First Bank Nigeria.
According to the organizer, the competition was to give secondary school students the opportunity to develop a profitable and creative business solution that could solve problems in their community through critical thinking, speaking, teamwork/collaboration and leadership skills while demonstrating the innovation, grit and boundless potential of the Nigerian Youth.
The Executive Director of JA Nigeria, Foluso Gbadamosi stated that the NCOY provides students with a platform to show how innovative they are while displaying their dexterity, especially as it relates to creating sustainable business solutions to problems in their immediate communities.
Gbadamosi added: “The students have learned critical skills during the implementation of the company programme and we are proud to celebrate them as they compete in the national competition. I would like to especially appreciate First Bank Nigeria for its continued support and belief in the boundless potential of young Nigerians.”
The Group Head, Marketing and Corporate Communications of First Bank, Folake Ani-Mumuney noted that First Bank’s partnership under its Future First initiative with JA Nigeria’s Company programme has positively impacted over 100,000 people in different locations across the country in preparing and teaching them how to generate wealth, effectively manage it and how to apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace.
“Our commitment to fostering entrepreneurial development amongst youths is mainly the driving force behind our support of the National Company of the Year and Africa Company of the Year competitions in the past 11 years,” Ani-Mumuney said.