Ajibose Oluwagbenga Samuel

Shoe Making, & Leather Works Production

I hold a B.Sc. in Business Administration as well as Basic and Advanced certificates in Leadership from Daystar Leadership Academu. I am the Creative Director of Footlane Global Venture, with the vision of making footwear and empowering people through skill acquisition both within and outside Nigeria. I heard about the KICKSTART through the social media. The application process was atraight forward. It was just to summarize my idea, which to me wasn't a big deal. I only made sure the summary was all encompassing. The boot camp was an eye-opener for me. It sensitized me on some things that really matter in business like accounting, pricing , business plan, business proposal, customers, branding and staffing, I had a plan prior to my aaplication but after the boot camp, I had to make realistic adjustments to make my business plan a bankable one. I was awarded N800,000 and the mentoring was very good. I thank International Breweries for the learning opportunity provided by KICKSTART. With the award, I have been able to move my business from my room to a rented space owing to expansion. There has been a tremendous impact in my community where we train people on different skills with the aim of building a prosperoys and productive nation. I currently facilitate in Daystar Skill Acquisition Program (DSAP) where I train people on Footwear Making with an average of 50 people in a class per diet. Every year, we run about 3 (three) diets. I also train secondary school pupils who are done with their WAEC examinations on footwear making.

Adebokula Fadare

Fire, Safety Equipment Business

I am an expert in sales, supply recommendation, installation, repair, refill, servicing/maintenance, hhydrostatic testing and internal maintenance of fire safety devices like fire extinguishers, smoke alarm system, hydrant systems, sand bucket, and first aid boxes. I have a registered enterprise, Fadatech & Safety Enterprises, in Ilesa, Osun State. I hold a 2006 National Diploma in Accountancy from Osun State Polytechnic Iree and B.Sc Pyscology from University of Ibadan in 2014. I trained in Fire Managemtn and Preventive Measures at Cornelius Fad & Co. Ltd after which I started Fadatech & Safety Enterprises in April 2014. Through KICKSTART, I learned for the first time, how to write business proposals. Today, I have shared that knowledge of business proposal with so many other people and their busineeses are doing well. I won a sum of N500,000 at the final events, which was attended by my wife who then carried the pregnancy of our first baby. The one-year mentorship and professional coaching really helped my business because I learned to be more accountable, set goals for each month of the year, and kept proper accounting records s that the business will continue to thrive. I currently employ two staff as office and field assistants. Apart from helping me to feed my family, KICKSTART has empowered me through my enterprise to encourage safety conciousness in ijesaland and in some other parts of Osun State.

Uchechukwu Ezeemo Josiah

Adire, tie and die fabric production

I am a graduate of Fine and Applied Arts (Textile Major) of the Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State. I am the CEO Zimo Integrated Textile, Awka, Anambra State. I have a workforce of seven full staff, four industrial trainees and five part-time staff. I got to know of KICKSTART online. I immediately aspired to participate to project my dream and vision as an entrepreneur. The training really changed my business thinking in terms of the managerial skill in handling one's business. Even if I had not been shortlisted, the training acquired from the 5-dayy bootcamp would have been good for my business plan. The one-year mentoship prgramme was a huge success to my business in the areas of human resource management, financial arrangement and marketing as well as business expansion. KCIKSTART was God-sent to me and my community, because I wonder how my business and community would have looked without the assistance I recieved. With the fund from Kickstart, I was able to start up my textile business as well as start up a community service program to empower youth in my community. I look forward to opening brances in some other States in Nigeria.

Obinwugo Chinaza C.

Graphics and Web Designer

I was born in Onitsha, the commercial capital of Eastern Nigeria. That one was raised as an entrepreneur because trading activities surrounded us all day. I am a passionate Graphic and Web Designer with seven years of design experience. I am the Founder/Creative Director of the Ultigraph Designs, a creative and professional brand designs. A complete day for me is when I have done something creative on my PC, be it graphic design, web design or writing on the blog. I learned a lot of business lessons during the KICKSTART 5-day intensive training programme. This aided me to put up a bankable business plan that made me qualify for the KICKSTART grant, which has gone a long way to help my business. With it, I have been able to rent and furnish a sizable office spave. Also, the various equipment needed for me to kickstart the business has been procured. I currently have one team member, hoping to have more people join the team as business grows. We currently have two interns who will likely join the team at the end of the internship programme. Meanwhile, in the course of rendering our branding services, which is our main business, we also hire other creatuves to work with us, The Ultigraph Designs presence impact graphic and web designers, copywriters, printers, signage constructors, social media marketers and book publishers. The business also facilitates trades for paper importers and traders, printing machine engineers and installers, magazine editors and publishers.