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Tony Elumelu Foundation TEF-UNDP Sahel Youth Entrepreneurship Programme 2019 For African Entrepreneurs
Tony Elumelu Foundation TEF-UNDP Sahel Youth Entrepreneurship Programme 2019 For African Entrepreneurs
About Tony Elumelu Foundation TEF-UNDP Sahel Youth Entrepreneurship Programme:

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) have launched the TEF – UNDP Youth Entrepreneurship Programme to empower an additional 100,000 young African entrepreneurs over the next 10 years with seed capital, business management training and mentoring.

This Programme is borne out of the Foundation’s tried and tested approach to philanthropy which prioritizes African entrepreneurs as the key enablers of economic development.

The first phase of this partnership titled the “TEF-UNDP Sahel Youth Entrepreneurship Programme” will be implemented this year (2019) and will empower 2,000 entrepreneurs from the following countries in the Sahel and Lake Chad region: Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Nigeria.

The partnership will target young Africans across Africa, starting with the Sahel, given the region’s opportunity as the youngest population in the world with 194 million people under 25 years of age (64.5% of the total population). The TEF-UNDP Sahel Youth Entrepreneurship Programme will be implemented through TEF’s flagship Entrepreneurship Programme, which has already benefited 7,520 local entrepreneurs across 54 African countries in just five years of existence. Similarly, the programme builds on UNDP’s YouthConnekt initiative. The aim is to increase job creation through dynamic entrepreneurship and create sustainable economic growth that anchors the development of communities and states.


African entrepreneurs will gain non-refundable seed capital, access to a 12-week business training and mentoring. They will also receive visibility and numerous business networking opportunities.


This programme is only eligible to:

  • African Entrepreneurs from Northern Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroun, Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso
  • Non-beneficiaries of Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme (You’ve never benefited from previous programs).
  • Entrepreneurs whose businesses are not more than 3 years old.

Application Procedure:

Applicants must sign up on TEFConnect to apply for this program.

Deadline: 5 August 2019

Please click here to Sign Up.

Tony Elumelu Foundation

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