Help mid-stage entrepreneurs grow their businesses and their interpersonal skills by working with successful American and Nigerian entrepreneurs
2021 PROGRAM: Nov 1-5 in Lagos.
The program will be in person at the Lagos Business School.
WHO SHOULD APPLY
Mid-stage entrepreneurs with at least 2 years of operation and revenues from sales of >$50,000/year or >$250,000 of capital.
You must embrace giving & receiving constructive feedback.
Participation is limited to 12 entrepreneurs.
SCALING YOUR BUSINESS is the focus of the program. The business plan of each participant will be reviewed and enhanced by veteran mentors and peers.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: July 19 (extended due to demand)
"Cascador has made a big impact on Chaka, helping me build a high performing team. The main area that I've found truly unique is access to my mentor and his network of experts for months after the five day program is complete. They get involved to help entrepreneurs drive through internal highs and bounce back stronger through the lows. The access to advice, experts and peer networks are valuable resources that make the Cascador experience continue to appreciate over time."
Tosin Osibodu, CEO of Chaka, the first digital investment platform to be licensed by the Nigerian SEC.
November 1-5, 2021 in Lagos, Nigeria
The Cascador program is an intensive, in-depth examination of your leadership skills and business plans by veteran mentors. The program includes six months of support afterward.
Participation is limited to 12 entrepreneurs.
Personal development is the foundation of professional growth. Prior to the program, you will be asked to complete a questionnaire that generates a report about your personality type. You will have a personal, one hour video session prior to the program to interpret your report, and discuss how your personality type can work best with people of other styles. We will practice these interpersonal skills during interaction with the faculty and your peers.
YOUR PLAN TO SCALE YOUR BUSINESS
You will be required to submit your business history and future plan prior to the program. Your history and plans will be discussed with faculty by video prior to the program, so that the faculty can identify what support and resources you need.
PROGRAM OUTLINE, November 1-5, 2021
The program will focus on you and your business, with personal interviews and reviews. Daily topics:
Day 1: Increase self-awareness, leadership skills & high-performance team building
Day 2: Sharpen your value proposition, clearly defining the problem and the opportunity.
Day 3: Review your equity and/or debt fundraising plans.
Day 4: Enhance your scaleup strategy and corporate governance
Day 5: Pitch to panel for feedback.. Commit to 6 month accountability plan to implement the skills that you have learned.
SIX MONTHS of FOLLOW UP SUPPORT
Each participant will have a faculty follow up monthly for six months to support the implementation of new business plans and leadership skills.
Significantly enhance your strategic plan, your leadership skills, and your network.
The Cascador program will be held on the Lagos Business School campus. Housing will be provided at a hotel within walking distance.
This panel will provide feedback on your pitch
Managing partner, Verod Capital. Has raised >$250,000,000 to invest in opportunities in West Africa.
African Dev. Bank advisor, MP Agrolay Ventures, CEO, Nuli Juice. Forbes Africa Leading Women 2021. Kellogg Bus. School, USA Top 10
These successful veterans will present their personal stories, review your case studies and address your questions.
Co-founder of Future Africa, Andela and Flutterwave
Head of Outreach,
MP Verraki Partners, former CEO, Accenture Nigeria. Entrepreneur
in residence, LBS
Sold for >$1B
Director LBS Sustainability Centre, Assoc. Prof of Corporate Governance
Elizabeth will provide individual review or your behavior profile and how to work effectively with different personality types. Seni will teach you to balance emotional connections with objective accountability to create a high-performance team.
These core faculty will be present throughout the program to provide personal attention.
Lagos Business School adjunct faculty. Former CEO, GSK Nigeria.
Founder of TEEM Marketing Consultancy, USA
Verod seeks to partner with companies with proven business models and high market growth potential.
Verraki Ventures is differentiated by its unique focus on creating a bridge between start-ups and corporates.
Future Africa is a platform that provides capital, coaching and community for mission-driven innovators. Talk to us.
Agrolay is passionate about investing in businesses that create wealth for women in a sustainable way
Beta.Ventures invests in driven, early-stage entrepreneurs scaling tech and tech-enabled startups to become market leaders.
Developing responsible leaders.
Solving Africa’s business problems.
SUCCESSFUL 2020 ALUMNI
Founder of Jimcol Resources Nigeria Limited, an oil company with over $5,000,000 in revenue that provides Non-Destructive Testing Services and Drilling Support Services.
Founder of Shago Payments Limited. Launched a FinTech payment platform and grew to 4K users and 2 Billion in revenue within one year
Founder of Auto Dome Ltd, a one -stop Shop for all Automobile Needs.
c. Founded an educational organization for children and youths in STEM through a STEM-LAB. Mentored the girls from Nigeria who won the Technovation Award.
Founder of Traders of Africa - TOFA. a Pan African online marketplace for products grown, produced or manufactured in Africa Only.
Founder of Afrimash Company Limited, an Agritech e-commerce with over 100,000 customers across Nigeria.
Founder of Neat Microcredit. Provides small holder farmers and petty traders with micro funds and technical training. Currently operational in 2 states. Provides $2,000,000 in loan monthly
APPLICATION PROCESS: Deadline July 19
July 19: Application deadline (extended due to demand)
July 20: Semi-finalists will be asked to submit the following documents:
Profit/loss statements and balance sheets for 2019, 2020 and 2021 YTD
Financial projections for 2021 EOY and 2022
Board of Directors charter
July 27: Requested documents must be received by Cascador.
Aug 3-17: Finalists will be invited to a video interiew
Aug 24: Twelve 2021 Cascadors will be notified
The Cascador program is entirely free. Housing is provided at a hotel near the Lagos Business School. However, selected applicants will be asked to provide a refundable deposit to hold their place. The deposit will be 100% refunded when you attend the program.
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We are hiring: Cascador Administrator
CASCADOR PROGRAM ADMINISTRATOR JOB DESCRIPTION
Cascador is a non-profit business accelerator program that helps mid-stage entrepreneurs grow their businesses and their interpersonal skills by working with successful American and Nigerian entrepreneurs. Learn more at www.cascador.org.
Our Program Administrator collaborates with founders, faculty, participants, applications, media, and partners both in the US and Nigeria. It’s important to lead projects from concept through deployment - managing resources, timelines and communications to deliver on-time, on-budget and on-point.
Our Program Administrator is responsible for a broad range of projects, programs and campaigns - such as planning and executing the core in-person Cascador week in Lagos annually in the fall, recruiting applicants, coordinating calls and meetings, communicating with faculty and mentors, managing marketing activities like media placement and social media, and general managing the program throughout the year.
Learn more about the role here: Cascador Administration Job Application Form