Entrepreneurs from 54 African countries and selected journalists from across the world are to converge in Lagos, Nigeria, this weekend for the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Forum 2016.
Founded in 2010 by Tony O. Elumelu CON, the Foundation is a foremost African philanthropic organisation, which believes that the private sector holds the key to unlocking Africa’s economic potential.
Its mission is to catalyze economic and social development in Africa through entrepreneurship, focusing on three areas: The empowerment of entrepreneurs through capacity development, seed capital mentoring and networking; the promotion of thought leadership on entrepreneurship through advocacy and evidence-based research as a guide for policymakers across African governments; and the creation of an integrated entrepreneurial ecosystem that promotes African entrepreneurship.
The Foundation’s main philosophy is based on the founder’s legacy to empower a generation of successful for-profit entrepreneurs who drive Africa’s economic and social transformation.
The guiding principles are derived from an inclusive economic philosophy of Africapitalism, which states that long-term, dynamic African-led private sector investment in key sectors of the continent’s economy will drive economic and social development.
Through its programme and activities, the Tony Elumelu Foundation seeks to “institutionalise luck” and create an environment where entrepreneurship can flourish in a sustained manner.
The flagship programme of TEF is based on 7 pillars: 12-week Startup Enterprise Toolkit Training Programme, online mentoring, digital resource library, meet-ups, the Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum, seed capital funding and the Tony Elumelu Alumni Network.
The activities of the Foundation will establish and strengthen a viable ecosystem to institutionalise luck for entrepreneurs in Africa. This ecosystem includes Angel Investors, Incubators, Accelerators, Diaspora networks and the Alumni Network.
Research Advocacy and Partnerships
The Tony Elumelu Foundation’s Research, Advocacy and Partnerships arm aspires to strengthen the African entrepreneurial ecosystem – improve the enabling environment and build capacity – through relevant and focused research, targeted advocacy and strategic partnerships between key stakeholders. This unit positions TEF as the leading authority on data, insights and trends occurring in the African entrepreneurial ecosystem as it promotes the positive role of entrepreneurship in driving Africa’s social and economic development.
The Tony Elumelu Foundation has created a multi-lingual digital hub for application processing, mentor learning, webinars, curated online resource library and tracking and monitoring the business performances of Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs. The Foundation aim to build Africa’s largest entrepreneurs’ network and encourage knowledge exchange and capacity building through this hub.
Additional reporting by TEF
by Alieu Ceesay