25under25 awards

Nigeria 25under25 Youth Entrepreneurship & Leadership Awards

25under25 awards

Sharing stories of amazing youth entrepreneurs who are below 25 years of age, working hard and making a positive impact in their communities.

Our commitment lies in providing support to the upcoming generation of young leaders nationwide.

The 25under25 awards offer a range of benefits and opportunities to young entrepreneurs. The award provides financial support, a year-long incubation program, personalized leadership coaching, and connections to a network of advisors, mentors, and potential investors.

The primary objective is to assist early-stage entrepreneurs in realizing their bold ideas and establishing successful and sustainable businesses. By providing a conducive space, a supportive community, and essential access, we aim to empower these entrepreneurs and enable them to bring their entrepreneurial aspirations to life.

Award Offering


Winners will have access to a FREE workspace for 12 months. This includes individual workstations, communal meeting areas, board rooms, and innovative spaces. The intention is to optimize productivity and allow entrepreneurs to concentrate on expanding their businesses.


The Under 25 Incubator program offers a comprehensive range of resources, providing participants with 100 hours of practical, training in essential areas like strategy and operations, legal and business advice, technical guidance, and personalized one-on-one leadership coaching. In addition to these valuable learning experiences, participants benefit from industry-specific mentorship pairing and showcase their ideas for potential funding opportunities.


Winners will be inducted into our vibrant, lifelong community comprising 400+ young entrepreneurs, supported by a robust network of world-class mentors and advisors who are leaders and change-makers in various sectors. Being part of this community offers invaluable opportunities to connect and build relationships through our extensive Africa-wide network, allowing members to cultivate and nurture valuable connections.


What you need to know

The “25under25 Awards” is an event to honor people under 25 who have accomplished great things in areas like business, technology, art, helping others, sports, and education.

Anyone who is 25 years old or younger by the nomination/application deadline can be considered for the 25under25 Awards. Nominations can be made by anyone, including self-nominations, recommendations, or referrals.

To apply or nominate someone for the 25under25 Awards, you will need to fill out an online form on our official website. Guidelines and instructions for the application process will be provided on the website during the nomination period.

Candidates are typically assessed on their achievements, influence, leadership abilities, creativity, and general contributions to their areas of expertise or communities. The committee in charge of selecting them may take into account variables like the originality, scalability, and durability of their projects or initiatives.

Nomination/application is free.

Being awarded the 25under25 Awards can provide numerous advantages such as heightened visibility and acknowledgment, access to networking events with prominent professionals and mentors, potential funding or investment prospects, and involvement in development and mentorship initiatives.

The organizers will announce the date and location of the award ceremony closer to the event.

Generally, those who were not chosen as winners in previous years can still apply or be nominated for future editions of the 25under25 Awards as far as the nominee is under 25.

To keep yourself informed about the 25under25 Awards, it’s recommended that you follow our social media channels. Doing so will allow you to stay up-to-date on important news, deadlines, and event information. Be sure to check regularly for updates and announcements.

Explore our list of 2023 award recipients.

Take a moment to read the bio of our previous recipients and learn about the positive influence they have had on their communities.

Nominate an entrepreneur

Eligibility Criteria:

  • The founder must not be older than the age of 25 at the time of receiving the award and the company must have been in existence for at least 3 years.
  • The founder must be a Nigerian.
  • The founder must have demonstrated exceptional talent, leadership, innovation, or achievement in their field.
  • The line of business must be ethical and follow Nigerian laws.
  • The business must be duly registered under the Corporate Affairs Commission of Nigeria.

Nomination Guidelines:

  • Nominees or individuals familiar with their work may submit applications.

Industries include:

  • Active Citizenship & Government Engagement
  • Agriculture
  • Arts, Craft & Culture
  • Beauty & Makeup
  • Creative Writing & Content Creation
  • E-commerce
  • Education
  • Energy & Sustainability
  • Environment & Interior Decor
  • Event Planning
  • Fashion
  • Finance & Financial Technology
  • Food & Drinks
  • Health & Skincare
  • Hospitality & Tourism
  • Manufacturing & Logistics
  • Media & Communications
  • Music
  • Performing Arts
  • Photography
  • Professional Services
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Software & Design
  • Sports
  • Technology

What makes someone a winner?

Our world’s future depends on people who make significant changes. The 25Under25 Awards winners are those who have made great achievements, provided new ideas and leadership, had a positive impact, and have the potential to keep making a difference in their field.

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