Innovation and Growth (BIG) platform provides easy-to-use and interactive web-based
portal for projects, businesses, firms or organisations duly registered to access
GEM funds. BIG portal platform was launched 9th, February, 2016. BIG
portal also allow participants to access online materials and undergo online
training courses; register for in-class training courses (such as financial
management, business plan development, human resource management, etc.); apply
for the consulting services and ultimately apply for grants. Growth and
Employment Project GEM, however is a project set up through 160 million US
Dollars financing received from the World Bank by the Federal Government of Nigeria
to: improve investment climate; increase competitiveness of strategic clusters;
sustainably increase number of jobs and provide economic diversification. The project
became effective in July 2013, and will close in September 2018. GEM project
focuses on manufacturing and service sectors, specifically supporting
Information Communication Technology, entertainment, tourism and hospitality,
light manufacturing (and agro-processing industries) and construction.
How to Access BIG
- Log into
- Check your Eligibility (Ensure
that your business satisfy all the BIG eligibility)
- Apply online and receive
an automatic response (The response will be an email. This email will
provide you with a username and password for you to sign-up and register your
- Answer Web-based Questionnaire (Your application
will be evaluated by the project team. All successfully registered businesses
will be invited to attend an induction workshop within your location)
Induction Workshop (The BIG team will: Provide an overview of the programme;
Conduct verification of Identity; Undertake needs assessment of businesses;
Provide an overview of the BIG Services
- Finally Access
BIG Services (Successful applicants will have access to a wide range of BIG
Services including; Consulting, Training and Grants)
You must be a Citizen of Nigeria and at least 18 years old as at time of
application (proof of identity will be required: International Passport/
Driver’s License/ National ID card/ Voter’s card).
Location: You must be operating within the national borders of NigeriaYou must
choose one geo-political zone that is strategic to your business, where you
will be receiving BIG Business Services.
Operation: You must be operating in any of the following sectors; Information
Communication Technology, Light Manufacturing (Agri-Business and Industrial
Processing), Hospitality and Tourism, Construction and Real Estate or
activities related to one of these Sectors.
Regulations: Your business must not entail the production or distribution of
weapons, alcoholic beverages, tobacco or/and gambling, or business activities
in contradiction with the Nigerian Constitution.
- You must
have less than 100 full-time employees.
Apply now if you are eligible!!!
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