Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Grant and Training (2021)

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The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme is a $100million commitment made by the Elumelu family to empower 10,000 African entrepreneurs over a 10-year period through, training, mentorship, and funding. The goal is to create at least 1million jobs and contribute over $10billion in revenue to the African economy.

Through its flagship Entrepreneurship Programme, the Foundation empowers African entrepreneurs and the entrepreneurship ecosystem across 54 African countries. The TEF training curriculum has been designed to segment entrepreneurs based on the demonstrated capability and knowledge.

The training has been tailored to educate and build your capacity in starting or growing your business to overcome the challenges faced by entrepreneurs across the African continentThe curriculum focuses on practical, iterative learning that is useful even long after the training period.

The Entrepreneurship Programme identifies outstanding African entrepreneurs who have start-ups or business ideas with the potential to grow.  The TEF Entrepreneurship Programme will be delivered in different phases as listed below:

  • Application Phase
  • Training &Mentorship Phase
  • Business Plan Submission Phase
  • Pitching Phase
  • Seed Capital Phase

This will take place from January 1 to March 31.  Once applications are closed, eligible applicants will be placed in the appropriate training path as follows:

PREPARATORY

This means you do not have the skillset needed to start a business. You will go through the general training on TEFConnect. You will, however, not be eligible for mentorship or seed capital.

START-UP/ BEGINNER

This means you are a starter according to the business start-up profiling. You will go through the beginner training modules and you will have access to world-class mentors during the program.

INNOVATION/ INTERMEDIATE

This means that you have been profiled to be an intermediate entrepreneur. You have good potential to be a successful entrepreneur. You will go through the Intermediate training modules and you will have access to world-class mentors during the program.

DISRUPTOR/ ADVANCED

This means that you are or identified to be natural or a seasoned entrepreneur. You will go through the Advanced training modules and you will have access to world-class mentors during the program.

THE TRAINING AND MENTORSHIP PHASE

Once shortlisted and placed in the appropriate training path, you will be eligible to take part in our rigorous business training and mentoring sessions. There will be multiple-choice questions to track your performance. You will attend a virtual orientation program to learn more about the process and we will share timelines and resources available for you to succeed. The shortlisted entrepreneurs will be given access to join the peer-to-peer support groups.

  • Shortlisted entrepreneurs will be expected to complete the business training, answer the quiz at each end of each module.
  • The shortlisted applicants after the training will be given the opportunity to develop a BUSINESS PLAN

THE BUSINESS PLAN AND FINANCIALS SUBMISSION PHASE

At the end of the training, you will be required to combine all the learnings from the training into a single cohesive document. You will be given a business & financial plan template; this will be in the online resource library. This template will help you create a first draft of your business plan. write a business plan. After the BUSINESS TRAINING & BUSINESS PLAN SUBMISSION, only successful candidates (who complete the MCQs and score above cut-off mark and submit a business plan) would be eligible to move on to the next stage: the PITCHING COMPETITION.

ALL APPLICANTS WILL BE REQUIRED TO: 

1. Complete all mandatory fields in the online application form on TEFConnect.

2. Submit the form

4. Attach all the requested documents (valid identity card and photo headshot) and upload the required documents

5. Expect Foundation comments.

For more info and application: click here

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