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The Development Bank of Nigeria Entrepreneurship Training Programme is an initiative by the Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN) aimed at equipping micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) with the skills and competencies to defend sound and viable business proposals, improve their access to available credit, and improve their capacity for efficient funds utilization, trade, investments and access to markets. This programme will help address the Entrepreneurship and Business Management skill gaps of Nigerian MSMEs.


Step 1 – Check Your Eligibility

Check that you are qualified to apply. See the section on 'Who Can Apply' below.

Step 2 – Register

Click on the Start Application tab to register

You will receive a confirmation email from Development Bank of Nigeria Entrepreneurship Programme with all the details you will need to log in.

Step 3 – Complete Application

Once you have successfully registered, log in and start the application. To return to your application, click the "Save And Continue" button (at the bottom of any stage) and come back to it at any time. Once you are done with your application, click on the "Submit" button at the end of the form to send it to us. You can submit only ONE application

Step 4 – Keep Informed

Constantly check the Development Bank of Nigeria Entrepreneurship Programme 'News and Update' tab for regular updates.

Who Can Apply?

To be eligible for the programme you must satisfy the following criteria:

The applicant must be a Nigerian

The applicant must be 18 years and above

The applicant must have a viable business that is registered and operated in Nigeria

The applicant’s business must be for profit from any sector

The applicant must possess a minimum educational qualification of Senior Secondary School Certificate

The applicant must be able to carry out the application process online

The applicant must be available to commit to the training schedule once accepted

Training Format

Well developed curriculum customized to fit the needs of the MSMEs and Experienced Faculty

Delivery Method: A blended format of face-to-face and online training

Duration: Over a 2 month period for SMEs and over a 1 month period for Micro-Enterprises

Voluntary Advisory Sessions by Industry Experts as soon as training is completed and 5 months after training is completed

Cost: This training programme is free for all selected applicants. However selected applicants will be responsible for transporting themselves to the training venue

Facilitating Partners: Enterprise Development Center (EDC), Pan Atlantic University and Wider Perspective Limited

Location: Abuja and Lagos


Activity  Timeline
Application Opens July 10, 2019
Application Ends  July 21, 2019
Notification of Successful Applicants July 29 – 31, 2019
Training  August 20 – October 16, 2019
Advisory Session I  October 17 - 18, 2019
Advisory Session II  February 12 - 13, 2020



For enquires, kindly contact: dbn_mtcp@pau.edu.ng

Disclaimer: Please note that DBN does not charge any application fee for applying to the programme