Are you an entrepreneur with a good story to tell but no platform to share your dreams and inspire others? Look no further as the good times are here.
The jack Ma foundation recently launched a program called “Africa Netpreneur Tech” with the sum of $1 million dollars given to 10 finalists.
The program will run for ten years and each year, ten lucky finalists across Africa will be sharing the grand prize of $1 million dollars.
The launching was held simultaneously across four African countries namely Nigeria, South Africa, Kenya and Egypt on Tuesday, March 27, 2019.
In Lagos, the launching was facilitated by Network of Incubators & Innovators in Nigeria (NINe) at the Ozone Tech Park with notable guest speakers such as Emelia Asim, CEO, Practice Director, AML, Wale Adisa, CEO, Courier Plus, Feyi Boroffice an Economic Development guru and Advisor to professionals, companies and Nations. Some other speakers present were, Adewale Yusuf, Founder, and Publisher, TechPoint Africa and Adeyinka Adekeye, CEO Founders Hub.
The primary purpose of this program is geared towards discovering and empowering entrepreneurs operating small businesses in grassroots communities and also to create more awareness for women-founded enterprises.
Once upon a time, entrepreneurs such as Aliko Dangote, Mike Adenuga, Strive Masiyiwa, Bill Gates, Jack Ma, Mark Zuckerberg, Elon Musk, Strive Masiyiwa, etc. were the known household names, but what happens to entrepreneurs who operate in the rural areas and grassroots communities?
What happens to entrepreneurs doing really well but their voices have not been heard and their stories not shared yet?
“sometimes the stories that come out of developed regions in Africa outshines the ones coming out from other regions and we sometimes glamorize and overemphasize stories that are average in the grand scheme of things but with this Africa Netpreneur Tech, we will be able to measure our stand and know where we truly stand”, Emelia Asim Practice Director, AML, stressed.
Bridging the gap and giving every entrepreneur the same opportunity and level ground to share their stories is what the program “Africa Netpreneurs Tech” is all about.
“Entrepreneurs in African especially in Nigeria, South Africa, and Kenya are doing great because they are pushing forward irrespective of some unfavorable odds, create something and make money out of it”, Wale Yusuf Founder Techpoint Africa, explained
The vision of Africa Netpreneur Tech is to see that every entrepreneur in Africa shares their stories and get their voice heard in order to inspire the next generations of entrepreneurs.