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Nigerian SMEs get Google academy’s N75m grant


Google’s Hustle Academy has allocated a total of N75 million to 15 small and medium-sized businesses in Nigeria, aiming to provide financial aid, mentorship, and business tool access.

The recipients, spanning various industries, were announced at the graduation ceremony for 5,300 small and medium-sized enterprises that successfully completed Google’s Hustle Academy program.

In a statement released on Thursday, Google emphasized its commitment to supporting Nigerian SMBs, stating, “This initiative aims to provide a combination of financial assistance, mentorship, and business tool access to some of the most promising Nigerian SMBs.”

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The 15 recipients of the N75 million fund and additional support include entrepreneurs from diverse sectors:

  • Ifeoma Augusta Anselem – Rae’s Clothing  
  • Femi Bolaji – Wauley Projects Limited  
  • Nafisa Abdulrazaq Sabo – Pinch N’ Dash 
  • Funmilola Moronke Agbayewa – Segunfunmi foods Nigeria Limited  
  • Chigozie Bashua – The Nut Place Limited 
  • John Samuel Andefiki – Kita Farm 
  • Hussaini Aliyu Baba – Lead Way Family Poultry  
  • Aminu Abdulkarim – A.A.K. Shoes 
  • Constance Ufuoma Edesiri – Stance Fashion Empire 
  • Chikere Onyinyechi Breakthrough – Clozetsales 
  • Anita Aletor – Rotela Business Synergy 
  • Ojo Femi Christopher – Foodlane ventures 
  • Angela Jidechukwu Nwabueze – Jelapetra Farms Ltd 
  • Eniola Robert – Ennie Wears  
  • Blessing Akpan – Inyene Agro Processing Factory Ltd

These entrepreneurs will not only receive financial aid but will also benefit from mentorship and ongoing support from Google’s initiative.

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At the graduation ceremony, it was revealed that a total of 5,300 SMBs successfully completed the Hustle Academy program.

Google West Africa Country Director, Olumide Balogun, expressed admiration for the passion and resilience demonstrated by the SMBs, stating, “The Hustle Academy is a testament to what focused training and resources can achieve. We are not just celebrating their graduation today; we are recognizing their potential to reshape and invigorate the Nigerian business landscape.”

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