A group of entrepreneurs, who have collectively received over $8.2 million (₦3.2 billion) grants, are organising a two-day grant masterclass.

The masterclass, scheduled for May 1 – 2, 2020, is organised by Olugbenga Ogunbowale, the founder of epower.ng and The Orphan Empowerment Society (TOES). Olugbenga is a Fellow of Mandela Washington, Royal Commonwealth Society, and YALI West Africa. He is also a Tony Elumelu Foundation Influencer and has received a grant from the same.

The two-day masterclass will be held online via Zoom. In addition to the first-class training on how to raise funds, the masterclass will teach you how to identify grants and opportunities and write killer grant applications.

You can register via this link to get a 10% discount on the commitment fee. (Input "dadabenblog" to answer how did you hear about the masterclass).

Olugbenga also won the best pitch at the recent Startup Lab 2020 at the Global Investment Summit organised by Global Startup Ecosystem.

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Grants are most suited for small- and medium-sized enterprises because they have little or no burden. Unlike equity investment, which dilutes the shares of founders, and debt financing, which is essentially a loan. Grant is more or less free money.

The other "grant masters" that will be sharing insights during the masterclass are:

  • Alexander Obiechina, CEO of ACOB Lighting Technology. He has received many awards and grants, including AllOn Nigeria Off-grid Energy Challenge, Rural Electrification Fund of Nigeria, and the ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Challenge.
  • Chukwuwezeam Obanor, CEO of Prepclass. He has received cumulatively $1 million grants and many awards, including GSMA Ecosystem Accelerator Innovation Grant, Anzisha Revenue Growth Award, Africa Award for Entrepreneurship, and IndiaAfrica Business Venture Competition.
  • Oghenetejiri Emuveyan, CEO of Legulup. She received grants from Youwin, Vital Voices, United States African Development Foundation and many others.
  • Mene Blessing, CEO of Vetsark. He has received many grants, including Google Impact Challenge, Global Good Fund, and Unleash Innovation Labs.
  • Adereni Abiodun, CEO of HelpMum. He has received grants from United Nations Startup for SDG, Western Union Chains of Better, The Pollination Project, Innovate4Life Africa Health, among many others.
  • Folashade Amusa, co-founder of Vicfold Recyclers. She has won the African Entrepreneurship Award, Deutschland G20 Prize, Social Innovators Programme Award, and the United States African Development Foundation.

Register via this link to get a 10% discount on your commitment fee. And input "dadabenblog" as to how you heard about the masterclass.

Updated on November 4, 2020 with Olugbenga as winner of Best Pitch at Startup Lab 2020. And masterclass poster was removed.