The SAGE – National School Entrepreneurship Program is inviting entries from secondary schools in  Nigeria for the National School Entrepreneurship Exhibition with total awards of 1.5 Million in Naira  to the winning schools and the right to represent Nigeria at the 2023 SAGE World Cup in the USA.

The SAGE National School Entrepreneurship Exhibition and Awards is an annual event that brings together teen entrepreneurs from across the country to showcase their innovative business and community service projects which they have carried out during the SAGE year to a panel of influential judges who rate them based on their innovation and creativity using the global SAGE judging criteria.

Shortlisted teams will travel to the national competition scheduled to hold 22nd – 24th June  at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library ,Abeokuta ,Ogun State. At  this event, they present their businesses to a panel of influential judges who are civic and business leaders. This panel will determine which team is the most creative in entrepreneurship and Community service. 

The first and second placed teams will represent Nigeria in August  at the 2023 SAGE World cup in the USA with the participation of over 30 countries including Netherlands, China, Japan, Russia, South Korea, Ireland, Singapore, Taiwan, Ghana, South Africa, Kenya, Zambia etc.

SAGE World Cup is an annual event that brings together young entrepreneurs across the globe to showcase and compete amongst themselves with feasible businesses. This event often described by enthusiasts as the Olympics for Sustainable Development facilitates multi-cultural integration and global business networking opportunities.

SAGE Nigeria has won the SAGE World Cup 10 times in the last 16 years!

Competition Rules

Who can apply?

All secondary schools / Community Teenprenures in Nigeria are eligible to apply.


  • The competition is open to secondary schools / teen organizations across Nigeria  

  • Must be a team-based project at least 25 students

  • Entries must be submitted in English.

  • Make a 2-5minute summary video of the project you’re working on  

  • Send in photos of your project activities.

  • Entrants must be available to attend the National School Entrepreneurship Exhibition and  Awards

Submission Policies

  • Applications must be submitted online through this link . 

  • Only School and community-based entries are accepted. We cannot accommodate individual entries in the competition .

  • Each team must be made up of minimum of 25 students 

  • A school can compete with more than 1 team

Benefits of participating

  • Access to Global CERTIFICATION & Trainings;
  • Access to Global Network of Entrepreneurial Leaders, Public, and Private Development Agencies and Diplomatic Communities;
  • Access to funding opportunities for your business ;
  • Opportunity to attend National and Global events ;
  • Opportunity to gain scholarships to Universities and programs around the world;
  • Free Business listing and global marketing for your business.
  • Prepare your concept notes
  • Upload 2-5 minutes video on project concept made by the students on Youtube ,share link
  • Upload Photos of project activities on your social media handles and share link
  • Complete the application form and Upload your documents.
  • The submission closes at 11:59 pm on 16th December 2022.
  • Finalists will be announced on 7th March, 2023 and contacted by the Awards team.
  • Shortlisted teams will travel to the national competition scheduled to hold 22nd – 24th June, 2023 at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, Abeokuta Ogun State

The SAGE tournament is about which students were the most effective in meeting the SAGE national assessment and global judging  criteria. It is not a contest based on who made the best presentation, or who used the most  advanced technology, or who received the most TV, radio or newspaper coverage, or who made the  most profit. We are looking for the team that does the best job of integrating all criteria into their  business ventures during the year. At the SAGE tournament, each judge is provided with a SAGE  judge’s criteria rubric.

Description of SAGE Judging Criteria  

Overall Presentation

1. Annual Report (7 points)  

  • How well has the team represented their business and the judging criteria within a 4- page annual report?

2. Oral Presentation (5 points)

  • How well has the team represented their business with an oral presentation?

3. Questions & Answers (8 points)

  • How well has the team performed with questions & answers (please look for platform  skills & stage presence, articulating their knowledge of the business, a balance of information shared  among the presentation team, and congruence of answers with the information shared in their  annual report and oral presentation)? 


Sample Judges Questions:

  1. How did you select the business?
  2. How many people were impacted by your social impact?
  3. Tell me about your company’s profits?
  4. What was your greatest challenge?
  5. What was your best success?
  6. How did you measure success?
  7. What have you done to make sure your SAGE team will be better in the future? 
  8. Why did you get involved with SAGE?
  9. How did your efforts on the SAGE team help you with your other classes?
  10. How has SAGE affected your decision to start a business?