If you’re looking for funds to either grow your existing business or capital to start your business, you’re in luck, as the world’s largest business reality show is showing. Lions ‘Den is coming to Nigeria, also known as Dragons’ Den and Shark Tank in the UK and USA.
Brave and passionate entrepreneurs are given the opportunity to bring their business or ideas to the US Lion’s den, a Business reality TV show from the producers of Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? and Project Glory West Africa, Ultima Limited, with the support of gold sponsors, Ecobank Nigeria;; Silver sponsors, Chapel Hill Denham; and bronze sponsors, Development Bank of Nigeria (DBN), and the Bank of Industry, with the Lagos State Internal Revenue Service (LIRS) as a strategic partner.
Commenting on being a Lions’ Den Gold Sponsor, Ecobank Nigeria Chief Executive Patrick Akinwuntan said: “The country’s SMEs and entrepreneurs are looking for viable partners who can help them build sustainable companies. Our customers have become more demanding, they are not looking for a partner, but the right partner – one who not only offers financial support but also invests in their growth. This is what Ecobank represents. We supported SMEs because we recognize them as the engine of growth in every economy. And we also know that the Covid-19 pandemic fueled the growth of entrepreneurship in Nigeria and created an even greater market opportunity. This TV show will spawn more entrepreneurs. “
“We are excited to partner with Ultima Limited, best known for their flagship program: “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?” and ‘Project Fame West Africa’. We believe that the target audience will accept the program and at the end of the day we will achieve our goals of supporting small businesses and helping emerging entrepreneurs in the country achieve their dream. “
Commenting on the importance of Lions’ Den as a platform for supporting Nigerian entrepreneurs, Bolaji Balogun, Chief Executive Officer of Chapel Hill Denham said: “We believe that supporting entrepreneurship and innovation in Nigeria is critical to Nigeria’s sustainable economic development, creating opportunities and jobs for our talented youth, reducing poverty, addressing social issues and promoting trade. It’s an incredible opportunity to help companies scale by providing access to capital, mentoring, and networking. Chapel Hill Denham is excited to support Lions’ Den, and we believe this series not only provides great entertainment and education, but also has an incredible impact on Nigerian entrepreneurship. “
CEO Tony Okpanachi also spoke about why the Development Bank of Nigeria sponsored the TV Reality Show: “As a development finance institution founded to fill the funding gap for MSMEs, our strategic focus has always been on providing funding and adequate capacity building to the underserved but critical sector of the Nigerian economy. In this context we have entered into a partnership with Ultima Limited, the manufacturers of the Lion’s Den. This is important to us because the goals of the fair are in line with the bank’s acceleration mandate Economic growth and equipping MSMEs with the skills and channels necessary to develop their capacity and productivity. “
“I firmly believe that the shows will produce some very innovative and exciting entrepreneurs. ” He added. “Ultima Limited, the producer of The Lion’s Den, is the outfit behind the production of popular TV reality shows such as” Who Wants to Be a Millionaire “and” Project Fame West Africa “.
Aspiring entrepreneurs looking for investors for their company can register https://ultima.ng/lionsden/appland/
Registration ends on February 15, 2021.