For the first time, Abuja, the Federal Capital Territory of Nigeria, will serve as host for this year’s Annual Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Program, the aim, of which, is to mentor, train and seed, over 3,000 young Africans, selected from, over 216,000 applicants.
It is a two-day forum, which is aimed at providing opportunities for young enterprising Africans to learn, network and connects, with the global entrepreneurship ecosystem.
The annual gathering is geared towards creating a center and also a critical opportunity, for political leaders and policymakers to meet, face to face, a new generation of African business leaders, who are transforming Africa’s economic trajectory.
The event is expected to take place on July 26 – 27 and will feature a presidential panel, as the key highlight of the TEF forum.
Guest speakers at this year’s event include Rwanda’s President, Paul Kagame and President Macky Sall of Senegal, who will join Tony Elumelu, TEF Founder and Chairman of Heirs Holdings and the United Bank for Africa, (UBA).
This year’s forum include, specialized training, panel discussions and master classes, for attendees, which will be carried out by experts from diverse sectors and leading speakers, from Africa and globally.
A panel of judges will, also, be on ground to screen selected entrepreneurs, who will pitch and also present detailed and accurate presentations, on the goods, services and solutions that they provide.
“We believe that these, (African), entrepreneurs, are our future. Invest in them now and reap the Africa of our dreams tomorrow. This is what we are committed to”, stressed Ifeyinwa Ugochukwu, the Organization’s Chief Executive.
The Foundation has been running for five years now and it has funded, mentored and provided business management training to, over 7,500 Startups and small businesses, from all 54 countries in Africa.
Previous forums have been headlined by African leaders, including President of Ghana, Nana Akufo-Addo, President of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo and former Prime Minister of BeninRepublic, Lionel Zinsou, among others.
Last year’s highlight includes the launch of TEFConnect, which is a digital networking platform for African entrepreneurs. It provides a unique digital hub, for African entrepreneurs, facilitating networking, mentorship and most importantly, business beyond borders.
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