2017 Social Innovators Programme & Awards


2017 Social Innovators Programme & Awards

celebrating youth, creativity and innovation



On November 9, 2017, LEAP Africa and Union Bank will recognize 40 Nigerians under 35 years for their creativity and innovation demonstrated for their social initiatives and impact at the 2017 Social Innovators Programme and Awards!

LEAP Africa’s annual fellowship programme empowers young change makers to expand social ideas into scalable social enterprises. The Social Innovator Programme and Awards (S.I.P.A) celebrates social innovators between 18 – 35 years, whose ideas and initiatives offer effective solutions to challenges in local communities across Nigeria. At the Awards the 2016/2017 class will graduate while a new class will be inducted into the Fellowship programme.

The way we think about money has an extraordinary impact and the theme for SIPA this year – E.G.O is centred on redefying the purpose of money. As millennials get older, and wealthier, what strategies can empower them to make money while making an impact? The event will provide a basis for transforming our view of money from an end to itself to a means for improving the Nigerian economy and making it a better place.

Join LEAP Africa, the Union bank team alongside a dynamic panel of speakers as they provide practical advice and demonstrate how money is a social tool. LEAP’s overview of SIPA will inspire attendees to push their purpose-driven ideas, while providing new strategies to meet the demand for positive impact.


Our Speakers

2017 Social Innovators Programme & Awards

Ndidi Nwuneli, Founder LEAP Africa; Co-founder AACE Foods; Director Sahel Capital Advisory Ltd

2017 Social Innovators Programme & Awards

Onyeka Akumah, Co-founder & CEO Farm Crowdy

2017 Social Innovators Programme & Awards

Okechukwu Ofili, Founder Okadabooks

Reserve your spot! ATTENDANCE IS FREE but Registration is mandatory



Youth under 35 years from across the eastern region part of Nigeria will be provided with a platform for engagement and learning. The two-day workshop is designed to offer business skills and tools required for growth and sustainability. Training topics such as financial planning & management, innovation & marketing, systems & structures will be discussed. The award ceremony, on the other hand, will be recognizing twenty (20) outstanding social innovators who are not only change agents but are using their initiatives to solve societal problems.

Nov. 7th – 8th, 2017: Youth Entrepreneurship Workshop (9am – 4pm daily)

COST: #10, 000


  1. Participants receive first class business training from knowledgeable facilitators across the business spectrum
  2. Guidance on critical skills and tools for effective leadership in business
  3. Access to an ecosystem of business service providers
  4. Networking opportunities and business support services


  1. Young entrepreneurs within the ages of 18-35 preferably, can apply.
  2. Applicant must have an existing start-up business (within the profit and nonprofit space) that has a potential social or environmental impact on society.
  3. Applicant must be open-minded, a creator, or visionary and have a credible business track-record.

For registration and payment, please click here 

 **Application opens from October 6th – November 6th, 2017.

For payment and other enquiries, please contact Temitope Richard-Banji via tbanji@leapafrica.org or 08181878956.


2017 Social Innovators Programme & Awards
2017 Social Innovators Programme & Awards
2017 Social Innovators Programme & Awards
2017 Social Innovators Programme & Awards

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