Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) $100 Million Entrepreneurship Programme 2019

Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme 2019 Do you have a business in any of the African countries or you know some with a business idea?

Now is your time to receive the mentoring, training and funding you need to make your business soar.

Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is now accepting applications from citizens and legal residents of all African countries for its 2019 $100 Million Entrepreneurship Programme.

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However, the Programme is a 10-year, $100 million commitment to identify, train, mentor and fund 10,000 African entrepreneurs.

The Programme’s objective is to generate at least 1,000,000 new jobs and create at least $10 billion in new business revenue across Africa.

Now in it’s 5th year, the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme has empowered 4,470 entrepreneurs, using a bespoke and robust selection, training and implementation process to create visible and sustainable impact across all 54 African countries.

Outstanding African entrepreneurs running existing start-ups with high growth potential and aspiring business owners with transformative ideas are invited to apply.

We are particularly looking to grow representation from French, Arabic and Portuguese speakers, as well as female entrepreneurs.

Inspired by Tony Elumelu’s economic philosophy of Africapitalism and his vision to institutionalise luck and democratise opportunity for a new generation of African entrepreneurs, the Foundation has implemented one of the most ambitious entrepreneurship programmes globally.

Selected entrepreneurs from previous years have transformed their businesses and their communities after gaining from the Programme’s 7 pillars:

  • $5,000 in seed capital;
  • Business development training;
  • One-on-one mentoring;
  • Access to TEFConnect;
  • Pan-African meetups;
  • TEF network membership; and
  • Participation at the annual TEF Entrepreneurship Forum, the largest convening of the African entrepreneurship ecosystem.

Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme Eligibility & Criteria.


  • The TEF Entrepreneurship Programme is open to citizens and legal residents of all African countries, who run for-profit businesses based in Africa that are no older than three years.


Applications will be judged based on criteria including:

  • Feasibility, scalability and potential for growth of the product/service;
  • Market opportunity for the idea/business;
  • Financial understanding, leadership potential and entrepreneurial skills.

How to Apply for Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme

All Applications must be submitted ONLINE through the APPLICATION PORTAL

You must complete an application form by answering a series of mandatory questions and uploading additional documents and identification materials. After submission, you will receive a confirmation email of receipt.

All Interested persons should: Click Here To Apply

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