The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) has announced the first 1000 African entrepreneurs to take part in the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP). The Entrepreneurship Programme was launched in December last year and it is a multi-year programme of training, funding, and mentoring that is designed to empower the up and coming African entrepreneurs. 1,000 African entrepreneurs will be chosen to be a part of the TEEP program every year for 10 years which means that 10,000 people will take part in the program in total.
Over 20,000 African entrepreneurs from 52 countries applied to the programme this year. The winning entrepreneurs represent different sectors like agriculture, education, fashion and ICT. The top five countries in terms of numbers of winners are Nigeria, Kenya, Uganda, South Africa and Ghana.
Accenture evaluated each application based on then selection criteria and then the TEEP Selection Committee, made up of successful entrepreneurs and development experts from across Africa, came up with the final list of winners.
The 1,000 selected entrepreneurs will take part in an intensive online training curriculum, mentoring, and participate in a two-day entrepreneurship boot-camp and the Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum. The over 19,000 entrepreneurs who were not selected will be invited to join the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Network where they will be able to further hone their entrepreneurial knowledge and skills.
168 Kenyans were among the selected entrepreneurs and include Pad Heaven’s Florence Kamaitha and Amanda Gicharu of Amanda’s Kitchen. The full list of Kenyans is below (Find full list of 1000 TEEP entrepreneurs HERE)