The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) has so far focused on empowering entrepreneurs across the African continent. As it marks its ten years of impact, it seeks to train and empower more young people to achieve their dreams. 2020 ushers in the sixth cycle of the TEF’s programme, with its mandate to transform the African continent through entrepreneurship.
This sixth programme cycle will emphasise the provision of business training to thousands of entrepreneurs. Its focus will be leveraging technology to optimise the application and beneficiary selection process as well as to personalise the journey of each successful applicant in the programme, tailoring support to their level of knowledge and the stage of their business.
TEF’s programme has become a beacon of hope for African entrepreneurs since it began. About 9,631 beneficiaries have come from the 54 African countries, benefiting from training and mentorship amongst other forms of support. Some of the beneficiaries include Ugandan Kwabena Danso, who manufactures bicycles and its accessories from bamboo. He is one of the thousands of beneficiaries whose businesses have expanded beyond the shores of Africa to the global market, and he is one of the success stories recorded by the programme’s innovative approach to the sustainable development of Africa. Others include Mohammed Dhauoafi from Tunisia, founder of Cure, a 3D-printing, biosynthetic prosthesis manufacturing company. Princess Adeyinka Tekenah from Nigeria is another beneficiary whose coffee making business has been dubbed Africa’s Starbucks by The Financial Times.
The application for the 2020 cohort of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme is open till 1 March, 2020, on TEFConnect.com.
Source: Front Page Africa
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