The Growth and Employment project is implemented by the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment (FMITI) and supported by the World Bank.


The project became effective in July 2013, and will close in September 2018.

The project focuses on manufacturing and service sectors, specifically supporting Information Communication Technology, entertainment, tourism and hospitality, light manufacturing (and agro-processing industries) and construction.



The Business Innovation and Growth (BIG) platform is an interactive transaction-enabled web portal, which serves as the primary means of interaction between the GEM project and potential beneficiaries.


To be eligible, you need to…

Step 1: Log into BIG Portal

Step 2: Check your eligibility

Ensure that your business satisfy all the BIG eligibility criteria

Step 3: Apply online and receive an automatic response

The response will be an email. This email will provide you with a username and password for you to sign-up and register your business

Step 4: Web-based Questionnaire

Sign-in with your username and password to provide required information in the registration form. This will take less than 10 minutes of your time.

Step 5: Successful applicants notified

Your application will be evaluated by the project team. All successfully registered businesses will be invited to attend an induction workshop within your location.

Step 6: Attend Induction Workshop

Step 7: Access BIG Services

Successful applicants will have access to a wide range of BIG Services including; Consulting, Training and Grants


Visit the Big Portal homepage here to learn more and apply.

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