Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) 2023 For Young Nigerian Entrepreneurs

Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) 2023 For Young Nigerian Entrepreneurs – Eligibility, Application Form & How to Apply.


The Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative (CYFI) seeks to develop a select group of young Nigerians into ethical and impactful leaders by connecting them with mentorship, networking, training and funding opportunities over an intensive fellowship year.

Application Deadline: 30th June 2023

Offered annually? Yes


Eligible Countries: Nigeria

About Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative: Youth unemployment is a significant challenge in Nigeria, as young people between the ages of 15 and 35 constitute over 60% of the country’s population and make up a significant portion of the unemployed population. The majority of this population consists of university students, who bring their unique perspectives to drive innovation and address business issues but are limited by funding, expertise, and an enabling environment.


This program will equip 50 aspiring and emerging student entrepreneurs in tertiary institutions across Lagos State with the skills, knowledge, and network to adapt to the changing business environment, innovate, and scale their businesses towards promoting youth employment and economic growth in Lagos State.


Type: Entrepreneurship

Eligibility: Applicants must (be):

  • Students in tertiary institutions
  • Not be more than 18 – 35 years
  • Available to commit 3-4 hours weekly to the program from August to November
  • Available to students in tertiary institutions in Lagos State only


  • Passion
    You are committed to making a significant contribution to your community and country
  • Skill & Experience
    You have a unique set of skills and experiences that you can use to make an impact
  • Strategic Thinking
    You are excited about the opportunity to launch an innovative CYFI project.
    You know how to design a project that is based on sound research, uses resources creatively, builds or improves on existing systems, and leverages partnerships with complimentary organizations
  • Vision
    You know the area of social change in which you would like to work, and you can articulate the positive change that you would like to make

Value of Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative: 

  • Develop relevant knowledge and skills for business growth and success
  • Networking opportunities
  • Access to business support services and communities
  • Mentorship from seasoned industry-specific business professionals
  • Pitching opportunity to raise investment for your business

How to Apply for Carrington Youth Fellowship Initiative:

  • In addition to providing biographical information, applicants will be asked to complete a hypothetical scenario.  All fields are required.
  • You may save the application and return to it at a later time.  Please note however that incomplete applications will not be considered.
  • To start the application, complete the form (to be available soon).

Visit Carrington Youth Fellowship Webpage for details