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2017 TEF Entrepreneurship Forum fixed for October 13

Tony Elumelu poses for selfies with participants at the 2016 TEF Entrepreneurship forum, Lagos, Nigeria (c) All rights reserved

The Tony Elumelu Foundation has fixed it’s third annual Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Forum for October 13 and 14, 2017.

According to a press release from the foundation, this year’s TEF entrepreneurship forum will bring together close to 1,300 African entrepreneurs, businesses leaders and policy makers from 54 countries.

As with two previous editions, the two-day event will feature “interactive learning sessions and sector specific networking opportunities as well as policy-led talks focused on improving the enabling environment for African businesses” the press release from the foundation reads.

According to Parminder Vir OBE, TEF Chief Executive Officer, the foundation made this year’s invitation open to non-TEF entrepreneurs and some SMEs from across Africa.

Hear him; “This is the first year we have opened the Forum up to include not just the 1,000 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs from the 2017 cycle of our Programme, but the full pan-African entrepreneurship ecosystem. In doing so, we are allowing disparate SME communities to come together and expand the possibilities for intra-African partnerships”.

Going by the release, speakers at the event will include: Wale Ayeni of International Finance Corporation, Stephen Tio Kauma from Afrexim Bank, Andre Hue of African Development Bank, Stephen M. Haykin from USAID Nigeria,  Heikke Reugger of the European Investment Bank and Abdoulaye Mar Dieye from the United Nations Development Programme.

It should be recalled that three years ago, Tony Elumelu, one of Africa’s billionaires, launched the $100 million (circa 60 billion FCFA ) TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, to identify, train, mentor and empower 10,000 African entrepreneurs over 10 years. This forum is the culmination of that programme.

22 Cameroonians are among the list of 1000 Africans  selected by the Tony Elumelu Foundation for this third edition.

The Foundation’s long-term investment in empowering African entrepreneurs is emblematic of Tony Elumelu’s philosophy of Africapitalism, which positions Africa’s private sector, and most importantly its entrepreneurs, as the catalysts for the social and economic development of the continent.


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