tony eluemelu foundation and united nations organisation partnered to pioneer the transformation of the entrepreneurial landscape in Africa.

Creating Africa’s



The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) launched TEF-UNDP Youth Entrepreneurship Programme to empower an additional 100,000 young African entrepreneurs over the next 10 years with seed capital, business training and mentoring.

This Programme is borne out of the Foundation’s tried and tested approach to philanthropy which prioritises African entrepreneurs as the key enablers of economic development.

The first phase of this partnership was implemented in 2019 and will empower 2,100 entrepreneurs from the following countries in the Sahel and Lake Chad region: Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Nigeria.

TEF – UNDP Youth Entrepreneurship Programme Overview


Our applicants are African entrepreneurs residing in any of these listed countries in the Sahel and Lake Chad region: Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroun, Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso. 

Pitching Competition

The physical pitching competition presents applicants the opportunity to present their business idea and the problem it solves before the proceed to the next stage of the programme.


Our unique 12-week business training programme enables applicants to develop the skills to startup their business idea that can create a last socio-economic impact in their communities.

Selection Announcement

African entrepreneurs will gain non-refundable seed capital, access to a 12-week business training and mentoring. They will also receive numerous business networking opportunities.




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