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CONCOURS DES PORTEURS DE PROJET 2018

« Project Challenge 2018 »

Project Description

JPO Solutions, in concert with:

  • The Ministry of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises, Social Economy and Handicrafts,
  • The Ministry of Youth Affairs and Civic Education,
  • The Ministry of Scientific Research and Innovation,
  • The Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications,
  • The Ministry of Small and Medium Sized Enterprises Promotion (SMEs) Agency,
  • EMPRETEC Network, Cameroon,
  • The National Youth Observatory,
  • The Practical Agricultural School of Binguela and many other citizen-driven enterprises,

Is launching the 2018 ‘Project Challenge' in a bid to foster young entrepreneurs in Central Africa via coaching and the award of prizes to youths proposing innovative, replicable and immediately implementable projects.

On eligibility, projects must generate revenue in the short term, span an incubation period of 6 months with a huge potential for innovation; they must tackle effectively an identified problem in the fields of agriculture, breeding, digital technology, art and culture as well as sports and leisure.

Objectives of the competition

The objectives of the competition are to:

  • reduce, among the youths of Central Africa, the gap between academic qualifications and the skills required from them in the area of entrepreneurship and business creation, on the one hand, and underemployment on the other hand;
  • develop the skills of the youth of Central Africa in the area of entrepreneurship and business creation in order to bolster sustainable self-employment and empowerment;
  • award and promote projects that are innovative, replicable and immediately implementable with a huge potential for economic, social and environmental impact.

Advantages of the competition

  • Awarding of prizes to managers of best projects;
  • Promoting selected projects;
  • Offering of free training to winners and a token to other candidates;
  • Ensuring individual coaching for entrepreneurial projects/business creation;
  • Promoting the incubation of enterprises and mentoring best projects.

Applicant's eligibility

To be eligible, the candidate must be:

  • a young individual project manager aged between 18 and 35 years and a citizen from a country in Central Africa

OR

  • a young student mandated by his/her home university or institution of higher education in Central Africa and managing the project promoted by the said university or institution

OR

  • a member of a youth association in a country of Central Africa and manager of a project promoted by the same.

Prizes to the competition winners

  • General prizes

Rang

Amount

Other prizes

1st prize

1, 000,000 CFA F

Computer kit, office supplies, certified training

2nd prize

500,000 CFA F

Computer kit, office supplies, certified training

3rd prize

300,000 CFA F

Computer kit, office supplies, certified training

4rd prize

200,000 CFA F

Computer kit, office supplies, certified training

5th prize

100,000 CFA F

Computer kit, office supplies, certified training

6th to10th prize

50,000 CFA F

Computer kit, office supplies, certified training

N.B: For collectively managed projects, an additional prize shall be awarded to the home association/institution of higher education.

  • Prize by category :

Category

Prize

Agribusiness / Agro-industry

Funding and promotional prizes

Innovation/Digital technology/Technology

Art / Culture / Show

Female Award

Special prize

N.B: For promoters of collective projects, an additional prize shall be awarded to the home association/institution of higher education.

  • Training and coaching package :

Modules

Topic

Eligibility

Entrepreneurship

Review of entrepreneurial profile

  1. Free for winners

  1. 50% fee discount for other candidates

Market analysis

Business plan

Project management

Business creation

Review of the legal and administrative framework

File compilation

Performance management

Team management

Follow-up (6 months)

Incubation

Search for financing

Search for partners (suppliers, consultants)

Supply of equipment (computers, telephones, office supplies)

Competition process

No

Step

Follow-up

Period

1

Online and direct submission of applications

Continuous reception and pre-selection of applications based on the eligibility criteria: quality of the candidate, project area, completeness of the application file

February to June 21st, 2018

2

Compilation of application files by sector and transmission to examinators

Continuous rating of the applications received

May 1st – June 21st, 2018

3

Thematic meetings and general meeting of selection boards for provisional classification Publication of the provisional classification and notification of all applicants

June 22nd-23rd, 2018

4

Sending of projects defense videos by shortlisted candidates Transmission of project defense videos to examinators for rating

June 25th-27th, 2018

5

Establishment of the final ranking by the examinators at the awards ceremony Live announcement of the final ranking, media publication and notification to all registered candidates

June 28th, 2018

6

Announcement and presentation of prizes to the winners during the awards night Follow-up and collection of announced awards for winners

June 28th, 2018

7

Training & Coaching of winners and other project leaders Elaboration of specific courses to the expectations of each select project holder

July-September 2018

8

Project development and maturation

Elaboration of specific courses to the expectations of each select project holder

September-December 2018

9

Launch of matured projects

Monitoring project holders

From December 2018

10

Empowering project holders Resolving potential issues

Till March 2019

Submission of applications

Applications containing the following items must be submitted to the JPO Solutions headquarters located at Montée Camair, opposite SCB Bank, Yaoundé or online latest on:

June 21st, 2018 at 4:00 p.m.:

  • Project concept note (according to the template provided) available at JPO Solutions headquarters or to download via the following link: HERE
  • Cover letter addressed to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of JPO Solutions
  • Photocopy of the national identity card of the project leader
  • Curriculum Vitae of the project leader
  • Subscription form to be withdrawn at JPO Solutions headquarters or downloaded via the following link: HERE

Online applications may be submitted via the link HERE after compilation of the above mentioned attachments.

Awards
The award ceremony, slated for June 28th, 2018 in Yaounde, will begin at exactly 4 p.m.

For more information, you can contact us at the following numbers or e-mail us:

Tel: 243 62 50 59/694 887 688/690 91 03 20/679225541

jposolution@gmail.com


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