Africa’s leading entrepreneurship-focused philanthropic organisation, the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) has fixed its fourth annual TEF Entrepreneurship forum for October 25, 2018.
According to a press release from the foundation, the forum will unite over 5,000 entrepreneurs, global investors, leaders from the African public and private sectors and developmental organisations in Lagos. The 2018 cohort from the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme, as well as mentors and partners, would be present, as the culmination of their intensive twelve-week induction.
“In keeping with the Foundation’s track record―most recently with President Macron of France―of bringing politicians face to face with the new generation of young business women and men shaping Africa, the Forum will include an interactive session with President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya and President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana, moderated by TEF Founder, Tony O. Elumelu, part of the release reads.
Reacting on the forthcoming event, the founder, Tony Elumelu said, “In just four years, we have directly impacted 4,460 entrepreneurs, and we are beginning to see the results – job creation, ripple effects, but most importantly a recognition that Africa’s economic well-being is driven by entrepreneurs: female and male, large and small – they are the engine of our continent’s transformation.
“We will be championing and celebrating them. This year, we are truly achieving scale and impact; we received over 150,000 applications in 2017 alone, up from 20,000 applications in 2015. We are now calling on the current generation of African success stories and others to partner with us to see how we can all further create impact, genuinely transform millions of lives and increase the number of inspiring stories we will be hearing in Lagos.”
It should be recalled that this year, 38 Cameroonians are among the list of 1000 Africans selected by the Tony Elumelu Foundation for the 4th cohort of its 10-year, $100 million (circa 60 billion FCFA ) TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.