Business Innovation Accelerator

Unleash Your Entrepreneurial Potential

Welcome to our Accelerator Program

Join our accelerator program and embark on a transformative journey that equips you with the knowledge, support, and connections needed to thrive as a Nigerian entrepreneur.

About the Business Innovation Accelerator Programme

The LBS-BOI Business Innovation Accelerator (BIA) is an initiative of Lagos Business School (LBS) in collaboration with the Bank of Industry (BOI).  This programme aims to provide high-quality entrepreneurship training and empowerment to Nigerian entrepreneurs nationwide with the objective of cultivating and scaling impact-driven entrepreneurs who use for-profit business models to effectively provide solutions to address while  fostering positive societal transformation.

By striving to generate a category of entrepreneurs adept at problem-solving, the Accelerator programme offers a comprehensive range of training modules to ensure entrepreneurs grow and scale in a sustainable manner. 

The Accelerator programme comprises of four (4) modules:

  • Entrepreneurship Orientation & Business Management Training
  • Apprenticeship/Technical Mentoring
  • Access to market
  • Access to funding

Below is the programme schedule and a step by step process of application for the upcoming cohort.

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Step-by-Step Process

  1. Online Application:
    Interested entrepreneurs are invited to complete an online application form, providing information about their existing business.
  2. Initial Screening:
    Upon submission, the BIA team carefully reviews the applications, assessing their suitability for the program. This includes evaluating the business concept, the entrepreneur’s background and experience, and their potential for growth and impact.
  3. Selection Process:
    Shortlisted applicants progress to the next stage, where they undergo further assessment. This may involve interviews, presentations, or additional documentation. The selection process aims to identify the most promising entrepreneurs who align with the BIA’s mission and demonstrate the potential for significant growth and impact.
  4. Acceptance and Onboarding:
    Successful applicants receive an acceptance letter, warmly welcoming them into the Entrepreneurship Development Program. They receive detailed information about the program, including the timeline, expectations, and any pre-program preparations required. Additionally, they are introduced to the BIA support network and valuable resources available to them.
  5. Programme Commencement:
    The Entrepreneurship Development Program officially begins on a specified date. Selected entrepreneurs participate in a comprehensive range of training sessions, workshops, mentorship programs, networking events, and other activities meticulously designed to enhance their entrepreneurial skills, deepen their business knowledge, and provide access to essential resources.
  6. Ongoing Support:
    Throughout the program, the BIA team ensures continuous support and guidance for entrepreneurs. This includes regular check-ins, one-on-one coaching, access to industry experts and mentors, and opportunities for collaboration with other program participants. Furthermore, entrepreneurs gain access to relevant resources, tools, and networks, empowering them to navigate challenges and maximize their business potential.

Our Accelerator Programme Modules

Entrepreneurship Orientation & Business Management Training

Learn essential business skills and orientation for sustainable growth in your business

Apprenticeship / Technical Mentoring

Develop specialized skills and hands-on experience from industry experts to excel in your industry and boost your entrepreneurial capabilities

Access to Market

Get guidance from experienced entrepreneurs on how to expand your market reach and accelerate your growth

Access to funding

Explore sustainable funding opportunities to accelerate your business growth potential

Digital Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: ​Connect with a supportive network, resources, and a thriving entrepreneurial community for collaboration and growth.​

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Join the next cohort of the Business Innovation Accelerator programme to access business management training, mentorship and funding.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Answers to Your Burning Questions: Frequently Asked Questions about the Entrepreneurship Development Program

Answer: The LBS-BOI Business Innovation Accelerator (BIA) is intended to train and develop impact–driven entrepreneurs who will generate profitable business initiatives aimed at solving social and/or environmental problems. The Centre will consequently accelerate the transformation of society, empower people financially, alleviate poverty, create jobs and ultimately create wealth, while boosting national socio-economic development.

Answer: To apply for the BIA Entrepreneurship Development Programme, visit our website at and navigate to the “Apply Now” page. Fill out the application forms with your details and submit online.

Answer: The programme is open to promising entrepreneurs across the six geopolitical zones in Nigeria who have existing innovative businesses in specific sectors and possess significant potential to scale. Please refer to our website for detailed eligibility criteria.

Answer: The BIA Entrepreneurship Development Programme is a one year programme consisting of four distinct phases. The programme begins with a comprehensive 3-month entrepreneurship training to inculcate an entrepreneurial mindset aimed at helping participants to understand what it takes to build a successful and sustainable business. This is followed by 6 months of apprenticeship with leading organizations in participants’ respective industries. Participants are also provided with access to funding and access to market opportunities.

Answer: Once selected for the programme, entrepreneurs are carefully matched with mentors based on their industry, business needs, and goals. Our team ensures a compatible mentor-mentee pairing for effective support.

Answer: While the programme provides valuable training, mentorship, and networking opportunities, funding is not guaranteed. However, through the programme, you will gain valuable skills and connections that can enhance your chances of securing funding from investors or other sources. We also provide a range of resources, networking opportunities, and community events to ensure visibility for entrepreneurs from diverse backgrounds.

Answer: The programme is open to entrepreneurs across various industries. Whether you have a business idea that needs nurturing or an established venture seeking growth and scalability, the programme provides the necessary tools and support to help you succeed.

Answer: The Entrepreneurship Development Programme at the Lagos Business School Business Innovation Accelerator is fully sponsored by the Bank of Industry. 

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