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Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program
SELECTED AMONG THE 1,000 AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURS TO THE TONY ELUMELU ENTREPRENEURSHIP PROGRAMME.
ON 22 March 2016 — The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) announced the selection of 1,000 entrepreneurs for the 2nd round of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP). Over 45,000 entrepreneurs from 54 African countries applied, more than doubling the number of applications received in 2015. Successful candidates represent diverse industries, led by agriculture, ICT and fashion. The highest numbers of applicants came from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and Cameroon. All five regions — North, East, Southern, Central and West Africa are represented.
I was happy to know that I was selected among the finalists from Uganda. Over the nine months that followed, I received intensive online training, networking and mentoring, that provided a toolkit for success and sustainability. I also participated in the three-day Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum later in the year, the largest annual gathering of African entrepreneurial talent in Nigeria.
With the seed grant of up to 5000 USD, Design for Charity recruited fresh university graduates from ICT and Art backgrounds as interns and gave them on job training skills so that they could work on real life digital solutions for non-profits and business startups. The Interns marketed and interested potential clients, they worked with mentors on finding the relevant solutions for the clients.This gave them real work experience. Skills gained helped them start their own ICT related ventures or got alternative work experiences after the 1 year contract ended.
Teep Entreprenuers with Tony Elumelu and President Museveni Yoweri.