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Business Leaders Development Programme (BLDP)

Programme Overview

Today’s rapidly challenging and fast-paced business environment is competitively fierce. Only the skilled can survive and grow their business. There is need to groom dynamic business leaders who can confront and manage the complexities of the business world and grow their business to a sustainable level.

BLDP is a six -week-12 module training programme designed to support business owners and top managers on their journey and help them master the art of innovative thinking, how to set business goals and direction, design strategy to grow their business and implement same, boost performance of their team and take up new challenges.

Key features of the BLDP are peer to peer meetings, experience sharing, seminars, executive coaching by established business leaders, group assignments, portfolio development and management, case studies and field work. Participants will also join a network of business leaders as well as continuously build capacity in an ongoing basis.


Business owners who are already running their business but want to grow it.

Class size

Each class size will be a maximum of 20 participants.


Call for applications from prospective applicants will commence in February and close on 30th April of every year. Application must be accompanied by 3 referees report. Prospective applicants are encouraged to get more details on the DLI website before applying.

Programme Period

October to November of every year

Programme Location

Port Harcourt, Lagos and Abuja.

Intended for

Entrepreneurs looking to grow or scale their enterprise 


N150,000 or Scholarship


 6 Weeks


October – November of every year

Class size

20 participants


Lagos | Rivers | Abuja