Season Two of IB PLC Foundation`s KICKSTART Entrepreneurship Initiative for youths between the ages of 18 – 35 commenced yesterday the 8th of August, this year.

This comes fresh from the heels of a very successful Season: 1 that saw 25 lucky winners receive grants to kick start their business dreams and ideas. IB PLC Foundation, a subsidiary of SABMiller wants to keep its promise of fulfilling dreams and support young and brilliant minds on how to get employed, generate employment and create wealth for themselves through its KickStart programme. The programme was first launched in Ibadan – Oyo State, a major commercial hub in the South West of Nigeria on the 6th of August, 2015 to a rousing reception.

“I still can’t believe how things turned out, it still feels like a dream”. These are the words of the grand prize winner of a grant of #1.5 Million Naira OLUMIDE OGUNBANJO.

“Sometimes I have to pinch myself to know I’m not dreaming, and to think that during the selection process, I was under so much pressure, from personal issues that made me very uneasy, I received very troubling news after I got to the boot camp, about an emergency at home, still don’t know how I did it. But here I am, taking a leap of faith towards my dreams, thanks to IB PLC Foundation`s KickStart Programme, words can’t describe how much gratitude I have towards what they have done for me and the other 24 lucky winners”. He said

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SABMiller/International Breweries PLC Kickstart, is a corporate social investment (CSI) initiative run by its subsidiary IB PLC Foundation. It is aimed at instilling a culture of entrepreneurship among youth in the South Western Nigeria by encouraging them to develop their big ideas into sustainable businesses or expand their existing businesses through the provision of material and financial support which include:

  • Business development skill training
  • Business mentoring and coaching
  • Provision of grant for business start-up and or expansion

First launched in South Africa in 1995 by SABMiller, the major Shareholder of IB PLC, Ilesha as a poverty alleviation initiative, the programme has also been implemented in Botswana, Lesotho, Swaziland and Tanzania. The International Breweries IB Foundation programme is open only to Nigerians from 18 to 35 who live or have their business within the South Western region.

The programme run by IB PLC Foundation, insist that the ultimate goal of the programme is to help build a young prosperous society by helping to create a culture of entrepreneurship among the youths, thereby reducing youth unemployment in the South West. The KickStart programme is one major initiative that would turn around the lives of youths in the area and improve the economic prosperity of the South West.

The second Season of the programme is here and promises to be much more exciting, empowering and rewarding.


  • The competition is open to South Westerners  who live or have their business within the South Western region.
  • Applicants must be at least 18 and at most 35 years with valid identification (e.g National I.D; Drivers Licence; International Passport; Voters Registration, etc) as at the last day of the application period.
  • He or she must be willing to operate the business on a full-time basis.
  • Have an innovative business idea in need of a start-up capital.
  • Or already have an existing small businesses needing capital to expand operations.
  • Energetic and entrepreneurial in approach.
  • Must be able to read and write.



Interested individuals should ap or downloading the application form here www.ibppkickstart.com

Hard copies can be picked up at three places namely;

  •  International Breweries PLC, Lawerence Omole Way, Omi Asaro, Ilesha, Osun State.
  • International Breweries PLC, Head Office, 23/26 Glover Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State.
  • International Breweries Depot, Beside PZ Cussons, Off NIPCO Petrol Station, Along Challenge, Iwo Expressway, Sanyo Area, Ibadan – Oyo State

Drop points can be any of these seven places namely;

  • International Breweries PLC, Lawerence Omole Way, Omi Asaro, Ilesha, Osun State.
  • International Breweries PLC, Head Office, 23/26 Glover Road, Ikoyi, Lagos State.
  • International Breweries Depot, Beside PZ Cussons, Off NIPCO Petrol Station, Along Challenge, Iwo Expressway, Sanyo Area, Ibadan – Oyo State.
  • J. Ogungbola: Odo Aro Area, Along Ogbomosho Road, Oyo state.
  • Enikem Nigeria Limited: Plot 2, Olabisi Onobanjo way, FMC, Idi Aba, Abeokuta – Ogun State.
  • Oriky Stores: No 15, St Michael Secondary School Road, Ijoka, Akure – Ondo State.
  • J.K. Adeyemo: Irona Street, Ado Ekiti – Ekiti State.

Basic requirements are contained in the application section.


A number of top entries will be selected based on the merit and quality of their business case by a team of seasoned judges. Each form will be scored against the “Screening Sheet”. The sheet will be used to grade and rank all submitted application form, the score gotten from the submission will be debated upon by the judges to ensure alignment and common ratings. For clarity of purpose and fairness to all applicants, the Screening sheet is an internal document. Scores are not shared externally.


Successful applicants will then undergo an intensive business training sessions for one (1) week.

The modules for the training will include:

  • Human Resources
  • Business Plan Writing
  • Book Keeping
  • Income Statements

At the end of the training, applicants will be given one month to write the final competing business plan which will be submitted in person at the Head Office in Ilesha, Osun State.


  • Each judge is given a copy of each submission document for review.
  • Judges convene to interview applicants on their business plans.
  • Business plan and interviews for each applicant are rated and scores aggregated to determine winners (Kickstart Finalists).
  • The outcome of the judges’ decision remains confidential until the Awards Ceremony and Grant Presentation.
  • The decision of the judges is final and cannot be contested.


This will be the grand event and winners will be announced and presented with their prizes. It will be a high profile event with government functionaries and business persons in attendance.


The awardees will have access to carefully selected expert assistance through mentorship and coaching for the period of a year. The Kickstart Finalists are under the obligation to observe and implement the advice as tendered by the mentors. There will be monthly update on the progress made and business performance which will be shared with the Foundation and IB PLC Management.

Application Closes at 23:59 hours on September 7th, 2016.

Want to apply? Visit : www.ibppkickstart.com.

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