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$100m Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme Opens January 1

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SAN FRANCISCO, January 01, (THEWILL) – The $100 million Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme – an annual programme of training, funding and mentoring, designed to empower the next generation of African entrepreneurs – is now open for entries through its application portal http://www.tonyelumelufoundation.org/teep

The flagship entrepreneurship programme from the Tony Elumelu Foundation, according to a statement, opened its application portal for entries at 12:01am West African Time (WAT) on January 1 and will continue to accept applications until midnight WAT on March 1. The statement said in order to submit an application, entrepreneurs must complete the online application form with questions on their background, experience and business idea, plans for growth and proposed pan-African impact.

“Since the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme was announced, we have been enthused by the level of interest and excitement from entrepreneurs across Africa.

” We are looking forward to reviewing the entries and identifying the first cohort of the continent's next generation of business leaders,” said ParminderVir OBE, Director of Entrepreneurship, The Tony Elumelu Foundation.

The $100 million programme, announced at the Tony Elumelu Foundation headquarters in Lagos, Nigeria, on December 1, 2014, will identify and support 1,000 entrepreneurs from across the continent each year over the next decade. The 10,000 start-ups and young businesses selected from across Africa will ultimately create one million new jobs and add $10 billion in annual revenues to Africa's economy.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme is open to citizens and legal residents of all 54 African countries. The statement said applications can be made by any for-profit business based in Africa in existence for less than three years, including new business ideas. The application portal is available in English, French and Portuguese and applications will be accepted in these three languages.

At the launch, Tony O. Elumelu , the founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, spoke of his personal commitment to empowering African entrepreneurship, saying, “This programme is far more than a funding initiative or networking opportunity. It is an act of faith in our entrepreneurs and our young people to transform our continent; to be the engine for the creation of both economic and social wealth, putting into practice what I have called Africapitalism.”

Applications for the programme close on March 1 when they will be reviewed by the Selection Committee, which members include:

Ory Okolloh, Director of Investments, Omidyar Network's Government Transparency Initiative in Africa

Amadou Hott, CEO, Senegal's Sovereign Wealth Fund; Ayodeji Adewunmi, CEO and Co Founder, Jobberman

Dr Vera Songwe, Country Director, World Bank Group for Senegal, Cape Verde, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau and Mauritania

Opunimi Akinkugbe, CEO, Bestman Games Ltd; Dr Ndubuisi Ekekwe, Founder, First Atlantic Semi-Conductors & Microelectronics

Sam Nwanze, Chief Investment Officer, Heirs Holdings; Monica Musonda, CEO, Java Food in Zambia

Angelle Kwemo, Managing Director & CEO,Rimsom Strategies

Mariéme Jamme, CEO, Spotone Global Solutions
and Dr Wiebe Boer, CEO, The Tony Elumelu Foundation The first cohort of successful applicants from across Africa will be announced on March 22 . The 1,000 selected applicants will continue through the programme cycle for the course of the year. This includes an intensive online training curriculum and participation in an entrepreneurship boot camp.

The statement advised those interested in the programme, including the 2015 selection of African Entrepreneurs, to follow @TonyElumeluFDN on Twitter and join the conversation #TEEP #AfricanEntrepreneurs