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EDC organizes various training programmes to build the capacity of entrepreneurs and other organizations...

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As the Entrepreneurship Centre of the Pan-Atlantic University, EDC focuses on developing and growing small businesses in Nigeria.

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The strength and indeed the ability of EDC to deliver on it’s objectives lie primarily on the network and quality of strategic partners it has built…

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To build a network of entrepreneurial leaders through commitment to continuous learning, process improvement and business integrity.

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EDC’s strength lies in it’s network of partners and collaborators, hence a lot of emphasis is being placed on partnership building, collaboration and constantly searching for value-driven initiatives / projects with high societal impact.

Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) is the Entrepreneurship Centre of the Pan-Atlantic University. Set up in 2003 as the Centre for Enterprise Development Services (EDS), the Centre emerged as a direct response to the dearth of available professional business development and support services to small and growing businesses in Nigeria.

EDC provides bespoke and cost effective trainings for SMEs aimed at the development of the founders and their staff. A few are: Strategy Sessions, Visioning, Management Development, Coaching Sessions, Innovation Session, Matching the fund Gap.

EDC promotes Christian values in Entrepreneurship in an atmosphere of freedom and respect for the religious beliefs and opinions of others. The fundamental inspiration is provided by the Christian conception of man and society. The Prelature of Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church, takes responsibility for ensuring that this conception actually informs all activities of the Centre. It helps further by providing the necessary means (pastoral and spiritual) to advance its Christian identity.
Pan-Atlantic University owes its continued development to many individuals, some who belong to Opus Dei and some who do not.

Opus Dei and Its Mission

Opus Dei, an institution of the Catholic Church, seeks to spread the message that everyone is called to a life of holiness in the midst of the ordinary activities of their lives regardless of their state in life, occupation, sex, race etc. This teaching became central to the message of the Church’s Second Vatican Council. Formally known as The Prelature of the Holy Cross and Opus Dei, Opus Dei is Latin for ‘Work of God’.

Opus Dei traces its foundation to a period in 1928 in Madrid, Spain when a young Spanish priest (St Josemaría Escrivá) was making a spiritual retreat. Precisely on 2 October 1928, according to him, he ‘saw’ Opus Dei and thereafter, began the foundational activities of the organisation which would bring to the whole world the message that everyone had been called individually, by God, to live a life of sanctity in the midst of their everyday affairs. Later on, in 1950, Opus Dei received its final approval from the Vatican from Pope Pius XII. Again in 1982, Pope John Paul II established it as a personal prelature thus making it an intrinsic part of the universal Church.

The Founder

Saint Josemaría Escrivá de Balaguer (1902-1975) was born in Barbastro in the Aragonese part of Spain on 9 January 1902. He was ordained a priest in Zaragoza, on Saturday, 28 March 1925. During a prayerful retreat, on 2 October 1928, he "saw" Opus Dei. St Josemaría earned two doctorate degrees, one in civil law and one in theology. His life’s work was the establishment and nurturing of Opus Dei until the time of his death. St Josemaría was the author of many publications such as The Way, Furrow, The Forge, Conversations with Monsignor Josemaría Escrivá, Friends of God, Christ Is Passing by, In Love with the Church, Holy Rosary most of which were aimed at nurturing the spiritual growth of Christians from all works of life. The best-known known of these, The Way, has sold several million copies and has been translated into 43 languages. He died on 26 June 1975 in Rome.

Even during his lifetime he had a reputation for holiness, which continued to grow around the world after his death. Pope John Paul II declared him blessed in 1992 and a saint in 2002. Saint Josemaría’s feast day is June 26.

Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) 2019 (Nov 18 - 24, 2019)

During one week each November, thousands of events and competitions around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial activity while connecting them to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors.As part of the mission of building entrepreneurial leaders in Nigeria, EDC is the host institution of the Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) in Nigeria


13th EDC SME Conference (September 18, 2019)

Every year, as part of her mission to constantly build a network of entrepreneurial leaders, EDC organizes an annual SME Conference for her alumni and non- alumni members, other SMEs alike, stakeholders both in the public and private sector to meet and discuss contemporary issues affecting the Small Growing Businesses in Nigeria.This networking event provides a forum that strengthens the entrepreneurial space and contributes largely to the continuous development of the SME ecosystem

Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC) Launch (August 3, 2018)

The Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, visited the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) of the Pan-Atlantic University (PAU) on Thursday, 3rd August, 2018. He was there to launch the newly installed Nigeria Climate Innovation Center (NCIC). NCIC is a tripartite partnership between the World Bank Group, The Office of the Vice President of Nigeria and the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC).

EDC 15th Year Anniversary Celebration

It was indeed a week of celebrations and milestones for the Enterprise Development Centre (EDC). The day following the SME conference event EDC celebrated her 15th year anniversary with a solemn Mass held at the EDC Green Building foyer.The mass was officiated by the Vicar of Opus Dei in Nigeria, Msgnr. Ignatius Sotos, concelebrated by Rev. Fr. Boniface Okafor and three other priests.



We Are EDC

Enterprise Development Centre (EDC) is the Entrepreneurship Centre of the Pan-Atlantic University.

Set up in 2003 as the Centre for Enterprise Development Services (EDS), the Centre emerged as a direct response to the dearth of available professional business development and support services to small and growing businesses in Nigeria.

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