Celebrating 13 years of empowering African entrepreneurs in all 54 African countries
Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurs
Play Video
Watch the TEF Impact Documentary
Africans supported on
0 +
Young African
entrepreneurs empowered
African countries

We believe in African Entrepreneurship.
So we built an infrastructure that supports entrepreneurial talents across the continent.

The Tony Elumelu Foundation is the leading champion of entrepreneurship in Africa. Our objective is to empower women and men across our continent, catalysing economic growth, driving poverty eradication and ensuring job creation. We believe the private sector’s role is critical for Africa’s development and that the private sector must create both social and economic wealth.

Did you know?
TEF looks out for and selects entrepreneurs with the most innovative, high potential business ideas across all 54 African countries.
Did you know?
TEF proprietary digital platform; TEFConnect has over 1.5 million registered individuals from across the world to help entrepreneurs nurture their business.
Visit TEFConnect
Did you know?
Since 2015 with a commitment seed capital of $5,000, the Foundation also offers mentorship and business management training to entrepreneurs.
Did you know?
$102 million was invested in the TEF Entrepreneurship programme while $80 million was paid directly as seed capital to support and grow African start-ups.
Read More
Did you know?
TEF was founded in 2010 by Tony O. Elumelu, CON with the mandate of empowering women and men across the African continent through entrepreneurship.
Read More
Did you know?
TEF has a Business Management Training Programme that equips entrepreneurs with the technical and soft skills needed to run a successful business.
Read More
Did you know?
TEF beneficiaries are spread across all African Regions (Central, East, Northern, Southern and Western Africa).
Did you know?
Through our direct activities and investments, as well as the support we give to entrepreneurs across sectors in Africa, we are directly and indirectly contributing to the 17 UN SDGs




stay updated

Stay up to date on our entrepreneurs, events, research and more.


We have made changes to our Privacy Policy to better protect your personal data! Please review and understand our updated Privacy Policy

I agree to the updated Privacy Policy. I understand that the use of my personal data by the Tony Elumelu Foundation will be in accordance with the updated Privacy Policy.