Application For Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) Now Open For 2017

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Tony Elumelu Foundation:

The Tony Elumelu Foundation is an African non-profit organization founded in 2010 by Tony O. Elumelu and headquartered in Lagos, Nigeria.

The Foundation is intent on charting a new course for African philanthropy and does not operate merely as a grant-awarding organisation. It is a pioneer member of the Global Impact Investment Rating System (GIIRS).


The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), is now accepting applications for the third cycle of Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) 2017 ($100m Pan-African entrepreneurship initiative ) for Young African Entrepreneurs with business ideas that can transform Africa.

Successful applicants will join the third cycle of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, TEF’s 10-year, $100 million commitment to train, mentor and fund 10,000 African entrepreneurs in every African country. (Since its inception in 2015, the Programme has assisted nearly 2,000 entrepreneurs and created hundreds of jobs across the continent).

Application is open to startups and Entrepreneurs from all the 54 African Countries – For Africans based in Africa.

Worth: $100M for 10,000 Startups/Entrepreneurs

Eligibility Requirements:

Business must be based in Africa
Business must be for profit
Business must be 0-3 year’s old
Applicants must be at least 18 and a legal resident or citizen of an African country.


The Programme provides critical tools for entrepreneurial success, including:
Training:12 weeks of intensive training on setting-up and managing businesses
Mentoring:A mentor will guide successful applicants in creating a robust business plan
Seed Capital:$5,000 in non-returnable seed capital and access to a $5,000 convertible loan

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All entrepreneurs who successfully complete the 12-week Start-up Enterprise Toolkit (learning) programme, submit a business plan for review, as well as required documentation and a business bank account will qualify for the first stage non-refundable seed capital of $5,000.

Funding Options:

All start-ups who successfully complete the programme will be eligible for funding. There are two stages of funding available to start-ups:

First stage seed capital funding of $5,000 – a non-returnable investment dispersed at the 12-week start-up enterprise toolkit (learning) programme, upon submission and review of a business plan.

Second stage capital ‘investment’ of $5,000 – for qualifying startups that have progressed their business plans sufficiently. This is structured as a convertible loan.

Judging Criteria:

All applications will be judged on 5 core criteria, which are:
Feasibility of the business idea.
Market Opportunity: knowledge and understanding of the market, customers and competitors for their idea/business.

Financial Understanding: understanding of the basic financial requirements of running a business, costs and revenues.

Scalability: Demonstrates potential for replication and growth of their product or service to create jobs and wealth.
Leadership Potential and Entrepreneurial Skills: Demonstrate leadership potential, capable of attracting people, customers and resources.

1,000 entrepreneurs will be selected based on the viability of their idea, including: market opportunity; financial understanding; scalability; and leadership and entrepreneurial skills demonstrated in the application.

How to Apply
The application portal is open and accepting submissions until March 1, 2017. To apply, click the image below to apply for the program

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Uzonna Anele
Anele is a web developer and a Pan-Africanist who believes bad leadership is the only thing keeping Africa from taking its rightful place in the modern world.

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