Winners have emerged in the Diamond Bank Building Entrepreneurs Today season 6 (BET6) programme. Each of the 5 winners went home with N3million making a total of N15million in cash prizes.
The prize money is a grant meant to be used to expand their business and provide more opportunities for young unemployed Nigerians as well as improve Nigeria’s Gross Domestic Product.
At a well-attended award dinner organized in honour of the winners as well as the rest of the 10 finalists, the MD/CEO of Diamond Bank, Uzoma Dozie identified SMEs as the key drivers of economic development, and employment generation.
He remarked that it was this critical role played by SMEs that made Diamond Bank take special interest in them and create such a programme which according to him provided opportunity for SMEs to access funding, mentorship and networking opportunity with fellow entrepreneurs and potential investors.
The top five winners of the Diamond Bank BET6 include:
Imaobong Emmanuel Ekanem, MD/CEO, U&I Palm Enterprises
Virtue Oboro, Founder and CEO, Tiny Hearts Technology
Okelu Ogechi Yvonne, Arndale Foods and Confectioneries Ltd.
Mfon Udeme Okon, Managing Partner, Maser Farms
In their separate remarks, each of the award recipients described the BET6 experience as a rare opportunity for entrepreneurs to sharpen their business management and development skills.
They described the training offered by the Enterprise Development Centre, the partner institution for the BET programme, as quite impactful and thanked Diamond Bank for its exceptional interest in SMEs.
High points of the award ceremony was the presentation of N3 million cheques to the top five participants in the Diamond bank bet6 programme as well as star performance by Nigerian comedian, Bovi.
Diamond Bank Bet7 opens for application in the next three months and as always, Entrepreneurs’ Square will keep you posted on all that is required to submit a successful application.