YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS: TIME HAS COME TO GROW.
THIS COULD BE FOR REAL............
The Tony Elumelu Foundation has announced the launch of a $100m Pan-African entrepreneurship initiative, The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme is a multi-year programme of training, funding, and mentoring, designed to empower the next generation of African entrepreneurs.
The programme is the first initiative of its kind to be launched by an African philanthropic organisation and is the largest African sourced philanthropic gift, targeting the entrepreneurial space.
“The opportunity and challenge in Africa is scale – in our people, our resources and our horizons. In my business and philanthropic journeys, I have always sought ways to help inspire a generation across our continent. This programme brings together my own entrepreneurial experience and my fundamental belief that entrepreneurs – women and men across Africa, will lead Africa’s development and transform our futures,” says Tony O Elumelu, Founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation. He also says that the programme will offer a structured, multi-year opportunity to access funding, knowledge and perhaps most importantly mentoring, on a scale that is unprecedented in Africa.
The programme is to identify and help grow an initial 10,000 start-ups and young businesses from across Africa over the next 10 years, targeting the creation of 1,000,000 new jobs and $10 billion in annual revenues.
This programme is going to serve as a platform to help entrepreneurs in both Lagos, Accra, Johannesburg, Dakar, Nairobi to take their businesses to the next level.
This Programme is inspired by three guiding principles: the inclusive economic philosophy of Africapitalism, based on the belief that a vibrant African-led private sector is the key to unlocking Africa’s economic and social potential; commitment to drive African economic growth through the empowering of African entrepreneurship; and a mission to ‘institutionalise luck’ by creating an environment where African entrepreneurs can get critical elements of support in the early stages of their business life.
Successful applicants will participate in a comprehensive programme designed to equip them with the skills needed to build a successful business. The programme includes seed funding, a customized 12-week business skills training course, mentoring, an entrepreneurship ‘boot camp’, participation in the annual Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum, membership of the Alumni Network and much more.
“Entrepreneurship is the cornerstone to African development and the key to local value creation in Africa. I am determined to ensure that Africa’s next generation of entrepreneurs have the platform they need to turn their entrepreneurial aspirations into sustainable businesses that will drive economic growth and job creation across Africa,” states Tony Elumelu.
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