LAUNCH OF SCHOOL OF GRANT SUCCESS to stimulate financing for African SMEs and startups

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SMEs represent the majority of businesses worldwide and contribute significantly to job creation and global economic development. They represent around 90% of businesses and more than 50% of jobs worldwide. Formal SMEs contribute up to 40% of national income (GDP) in emerging economies. These figures are significantly higher when informal SMEs are included.

However, access to financing constitutes a major constraint to the growth of SMEs. This is the second most cited barrier faced by SMEs wishing to expand their businesses in emerging markets and developing countries. According to a recent World Bank report:

Most businesses need start-up capital to get started, working capital to operate and be in business; and growth capital to scale and grow. Financiers and investors say there is money to be given, but the problems on the MSME side are numerous, ranging from lack of knowledge, poor documentation, lack of collateral, lack of track record of credit and poor governance structure; among others.

We are delighted to announce the launch of the School of Grant Success (SGS) as a solution in this regard and contribute to business and economic development in Nigeria and beyond.

School of Grant Success (SGS) is the first and pioneering grant proposal and writing school in Africa. Launched in 2023, and with over 10 years of experience and results in SME development and financing in Nigeria, our mission is to train and assist 1,000,000 MSMEs, youth and organizations to apply for contracts and grants across Africa over the next 10 years. (2024-2034).

At SGS, our consultants and faculty are well-versed in investment and financing issues for SMEs and startups in Africa, with enviable successes in helping businesses and organizations raise debt, equity and grant financing , said Mr. Edward Esene, Founder and Director. faculty at the School of Grant Success.

The school recognizes the critical role financing plays in the success of startups and small businesses and is committed to providing a well-rounded educational experience. With a focus on practical, real-world applications, the School of Grant Success aims to fill the knowledge gap in the dynamic landscape of finance and corporate finance.

Led by industry experts with proven track records in funding and entrepreneurship, the School of Grant Success provides a dynamic learning environment that encourages hands-on experience and collaboration.

The school’s commitment to staying abreast of industry trends ensures that students receive the most current and relevant information.

School of Grant Success courses are open to individuals at all stages of their entrepreneurial journey, from budding startups to seasoned business owners looking to improve their proposal writing and fundraising skills:

Courses at the School:

1. Grant Writing Course (SGS/GWC 100)

2. Grant Writing Advance (SGS/GWA 200)

3. Proposal Writing Course (SGS/PWC 100)

4. Presentation skills course (SGS/PSC 100)

5. Report Writing Course (SGS/RWC 100)

6. Monitoring and evaluation course (SGS/MEC 100)

7. Impact Assessment Course (SGS/IAC 100)

8. Grant disbursement and management (SGS/GDM/100)

The school’s flexible schedules and online learning options make this invaluable education accessible to a global audience.

“Our mission at SGS is to help more businesses and organizations overcome barriers to accessing funds by offering grants as a viable alternative. With this new knowledge and skills, young people can gain employment as grant writers/managers or work as independent consultants, while business owners can use them to attract funding for their business; said Esther Odemwingie-Disu, Community Manager at SGS.

Applications for the training program are now open and interested individuals are encouraged to secure their place in this transformative learning experience. There are case studies, assessments, assignments, final exams and certificates of competency for participants. SGS manages 4 cohorts each year (February, May, August and November)

For more information about School of Grant Success, please visit our social media channels @schoolofgrantsuccess, call: +2347045108885 or contact

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