SMEsabi is a learning platform that gives you access to:

  • online courses and a mobile app for e-learning
  • self-learning courses and guided learning courses
  • interactive modules on 5 topics: Business Model Canvas, record-keeping, marketing, business planning and access to finance
  • inspiring stories of Nigerian MSME owners and managers, as well as start-ups.

Taking these courses will go a long way to improve the way SMEs handle businesses. The SMEsabi courses and modules were developed through the combined work of a team of professional business trainers/coaches and ICT consultants with GIZ-SEDIN support in collaboration with FUT Minna and Lead Resources.

The development of SMEsabi was coordinated by GOPA consultants, as part of a contract to develop interactive training materials for MSMEs and start-ups on behalf of GIZ-SEDIN.

Who is SMEsabi for?

You should log in and sign up to SMEsabi if:

  • you are interested in learning about business management at your own pace and from your own laptop, mobile phone or tablet
  • you want to gain knowledge on any of these topics: Business Model Canvas, record-keeping, marketing, business planning and access to finance
  • you own a business or are thinking about starting a business.

SMEsabi is hosted by Federal University of Technology (FUT) Minna and linked to the university’s Entrepreneurship Centre and its Centre for Open Distance e-Learning (CODeL).”. The guided learning courses for start-ups are implemented by Lead Resources and FUT Minna; the ones for existing MSMEs are coordinated by SEDIN. You can get access to the self-learning courses by signing up to SMEsabi following the links below.

Who We Are

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit GmbH (GIZ) is an enterprise entirely owned by the Federal Government of Germany, supporting it in achieving its objectives in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. Most of GIZ work is commissioned by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). GIZ also operates on behalf of other German ministries as well as German states and municipalities, and public and private sector clients in Germany and abroad. These include the governments of other countries, the European Commission, the United Nations and the World Bank.

Based on a bilateral agreement between the Nigerian and German Governments, GIZ has been operating in Nigeria since 1974.

The objective of the Pro-Poor Growth and Promotion of Employment in Nigeria (SEDIN) Programme of GIZ is to improve the employment and income situation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) by improving access to finance and business services, strengthening entrepreneurial and managerial skills and addressing key barriers in the business and investment climate in Ogun, Niger and Plateau States. The target groups of SEDIN are the owners and employees of MSMEs as well as members of other economically active low-income households.

As part of the work on improving managerial and entrepreneurial skills, GOPA consultants are working on behalf of SEDIN to develop improved and interactive training materials for MSMEs and start-ups.”

The Federal University of Technology, Minna is a Federal Government owned University in Nigeria. It was established on 1st February, 1983.

The objective for its establishment is to give effect to the Nation’s drive for the much-needed self-reliance in Science, Engineering and especially Technology. It is a specialized University of Technology and currently a facility centre for the SME-Sabi project.


The CODeL is the Centre for Open Distance e-Learning at the Federal University of Technology in Minna. The centre is committed to the delivery of quality distance learning through dynamic and pragmatic training, research and entrepreneuary services, driven by Information and Communication Technology.

The Centre for Open Distance and e-Learning (CODeL) was established in 2011 as a synergy among the major stakeholders in order to achieve the mission and vision of the University’s distance learning programmes.

The Centre serves as the hub for the University’s distance learning programmes.  The Centre for Open Distance and e-Learning is been managed by a Director who is directly responsible to the University’s Vice Chancellor.

LEAD Resources is a leadership development, executive coaching, and management consulting firm. We inspire, inform and ignite leaders and entrepreneurs with practical solutions, proven strategies and powerful results, to help them grow their business and enhance their leadership impact and influence.

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Take the first steps to become an informed SME business owner and increase your chances to succeed at what you do.








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How, where, when or who to access loans, capital or funds from is what this module covers

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This module covers the preparation of a business plan as an essential step for business growth and sustainability.

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In this module, you will learn how to easily build or analyse a model for your business.

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The best marketed product will always outsell the best products. Learn how to market in this module.

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Keeping records on all aspects of your business is what this module covers in detail.

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Apply everything you have learnt on SME sabi to your own business! Tell us and others about your experience!

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