2021 Entrepreneurship Programme


The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), which focuses on empowering African entrepreneurs by unlocking their potential to contribute to long-term economic transformation, is launching its 2021 Entrepreneurship Programme. The programme is one of the ways that the foundation connects with youth entrepreneurs, and TEF is currently looking for the most innovative business ideas across the African continent for the 7th cohort of this programme. The intervention’s priority will be to address the effects and challenges arising from Covid-19-related business disruptions by supporting economic recovery of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) and young entrepreneurs.

TEF, together with other global partners, aims to reach 2,400 youth with a plan to lift them out of poverty and create sustainable employment. Specifically, successful applicants will benefit from:


  • $5,000 in seed capital
  • Business training
  • Mentorship
  • Global networking opportunities


Who is eligible?

The programme seeks entrepreneurs with new business ideas or those that are start-ups with less than three years of existence in any sector within any country across Africa.

How to Apply

To apply visit the TEF digital platform on: www.tefconnect.com

Selection Process

Applicants will receive notifications upon submission and status alerts as the screening progresses. The selected and confirmed entrepreneurs will commit time between May to December in the application year to participate in the various programme activities. In this period the entrepreneurs will complete a compulsory 12-week Start-up Enterprise Toolkit Course as well as undertaking business plan development, pitching and access the seed capital. At the end of the programme entrepreneurs will get automatic enrolment to the TEF Alumni Network.

Application Deadline: 31st March, 2021

For inquiries contact: programme@tonyelumelufoundation.org