The African Development Bank (AfDB) has given a grant of $5 million to support the Tony Elumelu Foundation entrepreneurship, TEF programme. According
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has given a grant of $5 million to support the Tony Elumelu Foundation entrepreneurship, TEF programme. According to a statement released on Monday, the grant will be used to expand the applicants to be selected from the current 3,050 to 4,050.
“The grant follows the signing of a letter of intent between the Bank and the Tony Elumelu Foundation, which took place during the Tony Elumelu Foundation, TEF entrepreneurship programme launch in March this year,” the statement read.
“The partnership will bring about future collaboration focused on strengthening small to medium-sized enterprises as well as talent and skills development for Africa’s youth. The programme aligns with the bank’s ten-year Jobs for Youth in Africa strategy launched in 2016, to support the creation of 25 million decent jobs across the continent. The strategy is also expected to equip 50 million young African people with employable skills that enable them to access economic opportunities and realize their full economic potential across the continent.
“The Tony Elumelu Foundation entrepreneurship programme will deliver business training, mentoring, access to networks, markets and capital for business development to selected youth-led start-ups in order for them to grow and create jobs. The entrepreneurship programme demonstrates a strong alignment with the bank’s youth entrepreneurship and innovation multi-donor trust fund objectives to build the African youth entrepreneurship ecosystem by scaling innovative youth-led start-ups, expanding youth market opportunities and improving youth access to finance.”
Other development partners involved in supporting the entrepreneurship programme are Agence Française de Développement, the German Agency for International Cooperation, the United Nations Development Programme and the International Committee of the Red Cross. In 2017, the AfDB established the youth entrepreneurship and innovation multi-donor trust fund, in partnership with the governments of Norway, Denmark, Sweden, Italy and the Netherlands to support Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem.