The Girl-LEAD Project

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The Girl-LEAD Project: Empowering girls with leadership, entrepreneurial and ICT skills.

Benin City, NigeriaBenin City, NigeriaBenin, NigeriaNigeria
Year Founded:
Organization type: 
nonprofit/ngo/citizen sector
Project Stage:
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

The GirlLEAD Project is an initiative borne out of the realization that active involvement of girls in technology is minimal. The GirlLEAD Project seeks to empower girls with Entrepreneurial, Leadership and Technology skills needed to make them positively impact our society today.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if we use entrepreneurship to help girls realize their full potential to impact the world positively?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

Lots of young ladies in my university are faced with inadequate entrepreneurial education which consequently results in non-involvement of women in leadership, entrepreneurship, poor problem solving skills, unemployment in women, and the mentality of “after school, find a rich man and get married”. In a society where men are considered top priority in getting access to leadership and entrepreneurial skills, girls benefit little or nothing.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

The Girl-LEAD Project will provide a competent, accessible and affordable platform for young girls to be empowered by acquiring leadership, entrepreneurial skills and other allied skills through intensive and interactive training sessions, one-on-one mentoring, volunteerism and practical working experience. This will result in empowerment of young girls, imparting in them the skills necessary to stand out and pursue their vision and helping them realize their potentials to contribute positively in society. The Girl-LEAD Project will take the form of a study program for 4 months. After completion of the program, the participants are certified, mentored, gain hands-on working experience and supported in starting up their individual ventures.


None for now
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

The Girl-LEAD Project provides a platform where young girls (without any discrimination in status, ethnic group, course of study, institution or religion) of senior secondary and college school age acquire the necessary leadership, entrepreneurial and allied skills needed to become entrepreneurial leaders and change-makers in the society. The program will entail intensive and interactive sessions and workshops, one on one mentoring from established individuals and organizations, Hands-on practical experience through placement in organizational facilities during holidays, Volunteerism and community service, Computer training and IT skills, and Vocational skills acquisition. We believe that by empowering girls, we are empowering the society

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

The Girl-LEAD Project will empower about 300 girls. Positive impact will be achieved when: • Girls realize their relevance and ability in building the society and solving social problems. • With mentorship from vibrant leaders in various fields, more girls are enlightened and encouraged to become leaders and entrepreneurs. • More girls are engaged in volunteering activities and community service. • More female change-makers are produced and motivated to solve problems and become role models for the younger generation. • Due to the opportunity to volunteer and gain practical hands-on working experience in organizations, their skills are enhanced and they have greater chance for employment. • The Gender Inequality Index of Nigeria is reduced since more girls are given the same opportunities as boys to become entrepreneurial leaders and change-makers.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

Our vision is to create a society where women are just as empowered as men and are actively involved in solving world problems. Strategy: The study program will run for 4 months beginning in the University of Benin where I study, thereafter in secondary schools and other colleges in my state. During this period, viral awareness would be created about the project both physically and virtually. With more impact, team involvement, awareness, collaboration and partnerships, the Girl-LEAD Project will spread to other institutions in Nigeria and futuristically in other countries of the world.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

To financially sustain the project, participants will pay an affordable fee for: • Hands-on practical experience through placement in organizational facilities • Computer training and IT skills, and Vocational skills acquisition. In addition, we would establish partnerships with individuals and institutions involved in Girls and Women empowerment. We also look forward to creating a website where people can sponsor girls to attend the program.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

There are several public and private entities which are involved in girl empowerment but a high percentage of them are involved in providing skills acquisition in crafts and seminars in entrepreneurship which provide very basic knowledge. These seminars don't last more than a week and there is little or no follow up for the participants. Girl-LEAD's priority is to provide an excellent and affordable study program for girls to gain leadership and entrepreneurial skills in a flexible and innovative manner. On completion, we ensure participants are mentored and supported to start their ventures.

Founding Story

The idea was birthed when my sister told me that she wasn't interested in joining an organisation in school which was involved in developing leadership potentials in youths because even the knowledge or skills she acquires won't be utilized in the future. She further explained that leadership and entrepreneurship are only encouraged in men. I did some research and discovered female business leaders are still missing today even in developed countries. This status-quo is majorly because women are not given the same opportunities as men to become entrepreneurial leaders. More change-makers are needed than ever to solve problems affecting the world today and this can't be left for the men alone.


The team constitutes 6 board members (3 male and 3 female): the Chief Executive Officer, Secretary, Financial Secretary, Public Relations Manager, Media Manager and the Business Development Manager. Criteria for joining the team was based on their belief in what the project is about. Also, an Advisory Board will be constituted based on their passion and contribution to the empowerment of girls.


Mentor Dida's picture

Wonderful work my friend,

I love the idea and i wish you the best of luck with it. This is a very important topic and in couple of years it will be a top priority for the world because woman in general are more peaceful and caring; and the world needs more peaceful people.

Here is my feedback, it might sound harsh but it is with good intentions.

Think of if you work on a 20 story building and you are with you an investor in that elevator, how would you pitch your idea? Talk more about the problem! Why is this important? And then in the end hint at the solution. Sell the problem then sell the solution. Show statistics to show how serious the problem is.

What if:
Good. Could be a little more specific. What if we use entrepreneurship to help girls realize their full potential.

Where is this problem? How do you know this problem exists? What is the root cause of the problem? Show some statistics and references. How do you know that girls don’t have a good entrepreneurial education?
I like it. Think of also how are you going to empower this girls, what kind of training, what kind of mentoring- be more specific.
Good, this should be part of the solution. Here you should show an example on how a person would benefit from being part of your program.
Wonderful! How are you going to measure impact? How do you know if you have achieved these goals that you are saying? How will you know that the women in your program are really empowered?

Full impact Potential:
Think of a vision statement, what would it look like 10 years from now? What would you impact be? Set a vision that you want to accomplish and then everything that you do should be to reach that point. A cool vision statement that I like is from Oxfam: A just world without poverty. Think of something simple but also that makes you strive to achieve.
Financial Sustainability:
If none of the participants want a premium service, how are you going to pay for everything? Think of ways to introduce new revenue sources. Think of new ways to get funding and establish partnerships. Think of a website where people can sponsor girls to attend the training.

Be more specific. You want to really analyze what others are doing in detail, and learn from that so you don’t do the same mistakes. Create your own secret sauce and be more effective and different from others.
Founding Story:
Wonderful story!
This is the most important part of anything. The team will determine if you have success or not and I cannot emphasize this enough. Think of getting people who believe in what you are doing. Make sure to recruit girls as well. Think of getting an advisory board of people who are willing to help.

Augustine Enodiana's picture

Wow! I truly appreciate your feedback. I'm going to effect some changes to it. Thanks!

Augustine Enodiana's picture

Thank you again for your feedback. I have effected your suggestions and have created a better plan for the project.

Augustine Enodiana's picture

Hi Mentor Dida, please I need your feedback on my pitching (The concise summary). Is it good to go or needs any finishing touches?