Apply for the Kaduna Startup & Entrepreneurship Program


In line with the efforts of the Kaduna State Government to revamp the state’s economy and create more jobs, the Administration of Mallam Nasir El-Rufai introduced KAD-STEP in other to facilitate job creation opportunity for the young and unemployed in Kaduna State.

Kaduna Startup & Entrepreneurship Program is aimed at encouraging, funding and supporting aspiring entrepreneurial youth in Kaduna State to develop and execute Innovative Enterprises.

From “Idea” to “Start-up” participants would be trained rigorously and monitored closely and a loan support would be given at the end of the intensive training.

The Kaduna Start-up and Entrepreneurship Programme is a massive job creation campaign initiated by a tripartite relationship, between he Kaduna state government, the Bank of Industry and Kaduna Business School.  The goal is to engage about 4,500 eligible young men and women resident in the state to pursue productive enterprise development initiatives.

The Programme is structured as a 10 + 2 week arrangement where qualified candidates go through a world-class programme equivalent to an Entrepreneurship Diploma plus access to finance.
Initially there is a 10 – week intensive training followed by a grand examination which leads to a 2 – week access to finance training and accessing the loan. Candidates are initially issued with an interim statement of result and subsequently will be issued with an ENTREPRENEURSHIP DIPLOMA, If they run the Business successfully for 18 Months.
All Interested and Eligible Applicants are to register online from KADSTEP website via the following link For more information on eligibility please check KADSTEP FAQ

After Registration Applicants are to Apply for KADSTEP loan by putting down their Viable and Innovative Business Plan on KADSTEP website through the link that would be sent to every applicant after registration.

All Business Plans would by marked by a computerized business plan program and verified by KADSTEP consultants. Successfully candidates would receive an invitation to proceed to Kaduna Business School for Training.
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Requirements to Qualify
You must have a post-secondary school qualification.
Applicants must be between 18-45 years old.
Your proposed venture must be within the real sector (Production, Allied Services, Manufacturing, ICT, etc..)Business ventures from industries or services such as production of introxicants, tobacco, arms and ammunition, prostituition, pornography e.t.c. or any related industry will not be considered. Also the programme is not for research organisations, religious/faith based organisations, government contractors and businesses that are not situated in Kaduna State.
How to Apply
All Applications are submitted online via the KADSTEP official website. You must register on the website, where a custom link to the application form will be sent to the email you provided. In the application form you will be required to answer multiple mandatory questions, attach any relevant documents and identification materials. After submission, you will receive a final confirmation email. Click here to apply
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