Y YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS OF NIGERIA (YEN) also known as ASSOCIATION OF YOUTH ENTREPRENEURS OF NIGERIA was founded as the umbrella body and voice for Nigerian young entrepreneurs; the organization seeks to empower youth entrepreneurs with finance, capacity building, network, business tools and also champion the cause of young entrepreneurs at local, regional and national levels to curb unemployment amongst youths in Nigeria and enhance national productivity.
Young Entrepreneurs of Nigeria (YEN) as a non-profit private sector led organization promotes youth entrepreneurship development and Nigeria’s economic growth. Membership of the organization is opened to all Nigerian young entrepreneurs including aspiring entrepreneurs from the ages 18-45. The organization is duly registered with the Corporate Affairs Commission and the National Secretariat of the organization is headquartered in Lagos, the commercial hub of Nigeria. YEN as an organization is governed by the National Executives composed of the National President and other ten (10) National Executives and an Executive Secretary who is the chief administrator of the organization.
What distinguishes Young Entrepreneurs of Nigeria (YEN) from other associations is that we do not only seek to promote & protect our members, we also offer voluntary and selfless service to enhance youth entrepreneurship development in Nigeria through effective communication, talent harnessing, capacity building, youth empowerment and mentorship. In the same vein we are actively driven, confident, innovative, self-motivated, analytical, service oriented, focused and well able to excel in any undertaking.
The organization is saddled with the responsibility of representing and expressing the opinions of the Nigerian young entrepreneurs: creating opportunities, promotion of trade and commerce, creating business networking platforms, enhancing investment opportunities, entrepreneurship development, fostering economic development and growth, Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s) development, youth empowerment and development, fostering local manufacturing and production and other related activities.
Currently, YEN has a membership base of over nine million three hundred thousand (9.3Million) nation-wide both in USA and UK still counting. YEN has three major organizational structures namely, the National Secretariat, Diaspora Chapters and the State Chapters. Young Entrepreneurs of Nigeria’s National Secretariat is headquartered in Lagos with 37 State Chapters including FCT Abuja.
As an entrepreneurship organization, the YEN management is currently working with government agencies, spirited individuals, local and international donors to enhance youth entrepreneurship development in Nigeria that will boost economic growth and create employment for teeming Nigerian youth.
The Board of Patrons of the organization includes, His Imperial Majesty, Ooni Adeyeye Enitan Oguwunsi as the Grand Patron, Prof. Pat Utomi, Nnamdi Ezeigbo among other eminent Nigerians.
MOTTO: Achieving Together, Building Nigeria!
Our Core Values
OUR THEMATIC AREAS
T o be the voice of Nigerian young entrepreneurs, advocating for entrepreneurship and economic development through our overall growth strategy, consolidation and creating sustainable employment through entrepreneurship development activities.
T o promote and support youth entrepreneurship development as means of achieving sustainable innovation, employment generation, economic growth and development in Nigeria.