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Here’s what you need to know about The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme (TEF): Updated:  See TEF2024 FAQs

What is the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme?

Established in 2010, The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) is an African private-sector-led philanthropy in Africa championing entrepreneurship and entrepreneurs across the continent. The Foundation’s long-term investment in empowering African entrepreneurs is emblematic of Tony Elumelu’s philosophy of Africapitalism, which positions Africa’s private sector, and most importantly entrepreneurs, as the catalyst for the social and economic development of the continent.

The Foundation’s flagship initiative, the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, is a 10-year, $100 million commitment to identify, train mentor and fund 10,000 entrepreneurs, capable of changing the face of business across Africa.

In the first year of TEF, we spent more than $8 million of our $100 million commitment – and the results are better than we imagined.

Our milestones outlined below, speak for themselves:

  • – We have provided training, mentoring and funding to 15,847 African start-ups from 54 African countries, selected from over 800,000 applications.
  • – We have invested over $80 million USD as seed capital to support the kick-off and growth of businesses.
  • – We have funded over 6,300 Women-owned businesses across africa.
  • – We have directly contributed to the empowerment of over 35,000 women across Africa.
  • – We have assisted in the creation of over 409,000 jobs in Africa.
  • – Over 100,00 people have benefitted from TEF’s strategic business webinars and masterclasses designed to provide insights on topics that can help entrepreneurs and their businesses.
  • -17 UN SDGs through the Entrepreneurship Programme, have been directly impacted by the Tony Elumelu Foundation.
  • – We have staged the largest gathering of African entrepreneurs through the TEF Entrepreneurship Forum.
  • – We have travelled across Africa with Founder, Tony Elumelu, introducing the TEF entrepreneurs to their political leaders at the highest levels of government, to bring these entrepreneurs and their challenges to the attention of policymakers who can effect changes that will improve the enabling environment, for not just TEF entrepreneurs but for all entrepreneurs in the respective countries.
  • – We have facilitated TEF entrepreneurs with setting up Alumni Country Chapters and Networks across the 54 African countries.
  • – The Foundation has leveraged its access to unique data, to produce original reports to support advocacy agenda to improve the ecosystem for African entrepreneurs:
    Unleashing Africa’s Entrepreneurs: Improving the Enabling Environment for Start-ups; Africans Investing in Africa, collaborated with University of Edinburgh to produce a report on Africapitalism and a Teaching Case Study is being developed by the Bertha Centre, University of Cape Town on the Foundation and its programme.
  • – We have built Africa’s largest online platform the TEFConnect, which is the go-to destination for African entrepreneurs.

Read more about our impact across Africa 

What are the 7 pillars of TEF Entrepreneurship Programme?

  1. – Mentoring
  2. – 12 week business management training
  3. – Knowledge Resources on
  4. – Meetups
  5. – Annual TEF Entrepreneurship Forum
  6. – Seed Capital Funding
  7. – TEF Entrepreneurship Programme Alumni Network

The pillars have been designed to address the essential needs to ensure success for an African entrepreneur.

Why Does Funding Not Come First?

We believe that it is important for the TEF entrepreneurs to build a firm foundation for their businesses through TEF coaching mentorship, as well as the business management training, pitching and business plan review provided by the Foundation. That way, when we do give them funding, they will be able to use the tools they have learned to put it to better use and maximise the benefits for their business.

About The TEF-EU Partnership

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) and the European Union have launched a partnership to identify, train, mentor and fund 2,500 young African women entrepreneurs in 2021. The partnership will disburse €20 million in financial and technical support for women-owned businesses, across all 54 African countries, in addition to providing increased access to market linkages, supply chains and venture capital investments.

This partnership is jointly co-financed by the European Union (EU), the Organisation of African, Caribbean, and Pacific State (OACPS), and the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).

This partnership will be implemented under the 2021 TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. Aspiring women entrepreneurs interested in this opportunity should apply to the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme which opens Jan 1 2022.


Programme Eligibility

Q: How do I apply for the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme?

The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme is open to Africans from all 54 African countries with scalable business ideas or a business that has been operational for no more than 5 years.

Applicants must be 18 years of age and above. Interested applicants may register on

Q: Is there an age limit?

Applicants must be 18 years of age and above or considered above the age of minors in their country.

Q: After completing the application process, I’m told I am not eligible to apply for the programme?

Applicants who do not meet the cut off mark during application would not be eligible to apply for the programme. However, training resources on would still be accessible to these applicants.

Q: Is there a restriction on the types of business/industry?

Yes. The programme is not open to research institutions, faith based organisations, value adding trading companies, government contractors and businesses not located in Africa.

Businesses must not adversely affect the environment, lives and property. Existing businesses or business ideas must be for profit, and must be the original work of those making the submission.

Q: Is there a restriction on the age of my business?

Yes. All businesses must be business ideas or an early stage company, in the range of 0 to 5 years old.

Q: What if I run multiple early-stage businesses?

Your application must focus on ONE business only. We advise choosing your best, most feasible/innovative business idea. Selected entrepreneurs are not permitted to apply for future cohorts of the programme, even with a different business or business idea.

Q: Will my start-up be excluded if I have a relation/family member who works for the TEF?

Yes. Current employees or their family members from the Tony Elumelu Foundation and affiliate companies in the Heirs Holdings Group and UBA Group are not eligible to apply for the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme, either individually or as part of a team.

Q: Who is not eligible to participate in the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme?
  • – TEF Audit Partners and their Immediate Family Members.
  • – Employees of companies affiliated with the Tony Elumelu Foundation who have been involved in the creation or administration of the Programme and their Immediate Family Members.
  • – Incomplete and incorrect applications.
  • – Applications which contain illegal or unethical Businesses or Business Ideas.
Q: As a TEF Alumni, can I apply again through another SME/Start-up?

No, existing TEF Beneficiaries cannot re-apply to the programme after receiving seed capital. For non TEF beneficiaries who have applied to the programme unsuccessfully in the past, you are eligible to re-apply.

Programme Application Process

Q: How do I apply for the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme?

The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme is open to Africans from all 54 African countries with scalable business ideas or a business that has been operational for no more than 3 years.

Applicants must be 18 years of age and above. Interested applicants may register on


Q: When does application to the TEF Entrepreneurship programme start?

Application commences in January 1 2023.

Q: Is there a registration fee to be paid before TEF Application?

A: Kindly note that the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme is free for all applicants. The Tony Elumelu Foundation does not engage or work with any third parties to facilitate applications or trainings and will not ask for payment for any aspect of the Programme.

Q: I have signed up on but no confirmation email received

Kindly ensure to check your inbox, spam and junk mailboxes for confirmation emails. Be sure to send an email to for any further assistance. 

Q: While filling my application on, I am unable to click on ‘’CONTINUE’’ to move to the next part of my application?

If you experience any issues with filling your application, kindly send an email to with detailed reference either with text, image or video and we will resolve immediately. 

Q: Can I use a student ID to apply?

We are only able to admit government issued ID and any other ID will render the application void.

Q: I am unable to upload my ID/photo

Kindly ensure that you are uploading a PDF/JPEG document no more than 1mb in size. If issue persists, kindly send a screenshot of the error message to

Q: Is there a TEF number that I can call/WhatsApp?

Kindly use the link below to access our WhatsApp.

Our team is available 24/7

Q: Who is eligible to apply?

The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme is open to Africans from all 54 African countries with scalable business ideas or a business that has been operational for no more than 3 years.

Q: What is the difference between and

Kindly note that both domains are valid and hosts our current programmes. 

Q: What is the next step after applying on TEFConnect?

Once you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive an email notifying you of your eligibility status for the 2022 TEF Business Management Training Programme.

Q: I am unable to log in with my registered email address

If you experience any log-in issues, kindly send an email to with detailed reference to the issue and we will resolve immediately. 

Could you explain to us in detail the problems you face when trying to log in?

If you can, please also send us error screenshot.

Q: Can I reapply after being rejected before?

Yes, we encourage you to reapply to our programme until you are successful. Be sure to visit for resources that can be helpful to your next application.

Q: Are pregnant or nursing mothers allowed to apply for TEF grant? 

Yes, they can.

Q: Is it possible for couple to apply for TEF Entrepreneurship Programme separately? 

Members of the same family are not allowed to apply to the Programme, doing so would result in disqualification.  

Q: I have two ideas. Can I submit them separately? 

Unfortunately, this is not allowed by the Foundation. Applicants are expected to apply with only one existing business or business idea. Applicants found to have applied multiple times in the same cycle or in different cycles will be disqualified. 

Q: Can I have a video tutorial on ‘’How to Apply’’ for the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme  

A: Kindly follow the link below for a video tutorial on “How To Apply” for the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme:  


Q: What documents do we need to upload when applying? 

When filling the application form on TEFConnect platform, you will be required to upload a government registered ID and a passport photograph. 

Q: Do I need to have a business website URL before applying for the programme?

No, you don’t need to have a business website url as this isn’t a criteria for applying to the programme.

Programme Selection Process

1- How are selected applicants chosen to join the programme?

Selection of the applicants will take place after applicants successfully completes the TEF Business Management Training Programme.

The programme stages are as follows

  1. • Application Phase
  2. • Training & Mentorship Phase
  3. • Business Plan Submission Phase
  4. • Pitching Phase
  5. • Seed Capital Phase
2- If my start-up is selected to join the programme, when and how will I be informed?

Application phase takes place January 1 to March 31 and applicants receive notification of their status immediately they submit their application successfully. Please look out for the email.

3- What additional information must I supply once my business is selected?

If Applicants are offered a place in the Programme, Applicants will be expected to:

  1. – Complete a self-declaration form,
  2. – Provide proof of valid ID,
  3. – Provide a personal bank statement from the past 6 months,
  4. – Provide a statement of current personal debts,
  5. – Provide a reference from an employer, bank and/or academic institutions;
  6. – Provide business bank account details (For UBA present countries, it must be a UBA account).
4- How can I improve my chances next year?

Ensure that you review the selection criteria in the next programme cycle and be sure to describe your business plan or idea such that every aspect of the business or idea (i.e. description, market, customer acquisition, financials etc.) is fully covered.

5- Is there a waiting list for Applicants who could join the programme?

Yes there is a waiting list.  If any of the selected 1000 do not claim their places by the set deadline, the next best entrepreneur from the waiting list will be chosen before commencement of the programme cycle.

 6- If not selected, can I re-apply in another programme cycle?

Yes.  We will open the platform for applications on January 1 every year. Each applicant will be required to put in a fresh application. We believe the elapsed time should serve to refresh your interest in your entrepreneurial objectives, and there might be new developments to include in the application.

7- Is my business qualified to be funded?

The seed capital is disbursed at the end of the programme cycle. The disbursement process may last for up to 3 months. The timeline is dependant on the applicant’s compliance with the KYC of the Foundation and their Bank’s, as well as the fund’s transit pace.

Training Stage

Q: Tell me about the TEF Business Management Training Programme

The TEF Business Management Training Programme content is called the Start-up enterprise toolkit is a bespoke programme tailored to support young and dynamic entrepreneurs through their business journey with focus on the successful execution of their business plans and ideas. 

Our training programme is self-paced for each entrepreneur, allowing the necessary flexibility for participants to attend the training course whilst carrying on their usual activities.

Q: Where does the training take place?

All of the training process takes place strictly on portal.

Q: How long is the training? 

The training phase of the programme will last for twelve (12) weeks. However, some intervention programmes could be modified to last for 4 weeks or 6 weeks.

Q: How will I fill my business plan?

Kindly note that the Foundation will guide you on how to create a Business plan

Q: How do I access the training content? 

TEF Entrepreneurs can access all necessary learning content for their cycle and further learning in the resource library on

 Q: How do I join the WhatsApp group as an eligible entrepreneur?

As part of your onboarding, you will be granted access to a TEF specified digital platform for instant communication and networking purposes.

Q: I cannot access the link to the training content that was sent

Kindly send an email to telling us in detail about the issue.

Q: Do I have to take training assessment?

Yes, all entrepreneurs are advised to be diligent in completing their tasks and submit within the provided timelines. 

Q: What is the Preparatory training category?  

This means your skillset are not ready for the challenges of starting a business and as such, you will not be eligible to go onto the training nor receive seed capital funding at this time. However, we encourage you to boost your skillset with our free training toolkit available on TEFConnect and reapply during our next application cycle.

Q: Why am I in a training category?

Our system has assessed the answers to the questions you provided and placed you in the appropriate training path. 

Q: What is the start-up training category? 

This means that you will go through the Beginner training modules and you will have access to world class mentors during the programme. Based on your performance through the training programme, you also stand a chance to pitch your business plan to a set of judges for final selection to receive seed capital. 

Q: What is the innovator  training category? 

This means that you will go through the Intermediate training modules and you will have access to world class mentors during the programme. Based on your performance through the training programme, you also stand a chance to pitch your business plan to the set of judges for final selection to receive seed capital.

Q: What is the disruptor training category? 

This means that you will go through the Advanced training modules and you will have access to world class mentors during the programme. Based on your performance through the training programme, you also stand a chance to pitch your business in person to the set of judges for final selection to receive seed capital. 

Q: Is it possible to see my assessment score?

This will be subject to formal request by entrepreneur. Kindly note that TEF reserves all rights of decision to reveal or otherwise. 

Q: What do you mean by resource library?

The online resources library is a bespoke compendium of materials, case studies, videos, tasks, templates and interesting articles.

Q: What do you mean by Business plan. Is it different from a Pitch Deck?

Yes, it is. A business plan is a written document that describes in detail how a business — usually a start-up — defines its objectives and how it is to go about achieving its goals while a Pitch deck is the summary of a business plan.

Q: I did not get the link to the Business Plan template

Kindly ensure to check your inbox, spam and junk mailboxes for link to the business plan template. Be sure to send an email to for any further assistance. 

Q: Can I get an extension on the submission of my business plan?

Submission of the Business Plan usually features in the 10th week of the training programme. During the training, clear communication on the timelines of the business plan submission is communicated to trainees and must be adhered to. 

Q: Can I go ahead and open a Bank account now that training is ongoing?

Kindly hold off from opening a bank account. Once you become eligible to receive seed capital funding, the entrepreneurship programme team will communicate the next steps to you.

Q: Can I change my Business Idea/ name?

Yes, you can. However, you are advised to send an email to stating your reason and a proof or ID that reflects the changes.

Q: How can I access the free training module?

As part of our support for all African entrepreneurs this year, we have made available the 12 weeks enterprise toolkit to everyone willing to learn. Kindly note that the training is free and self-paced; you are not required to submit any assignment or business plan and the to-do activities are for your learning and personal archives. Log into and click on TEFtraining at the top of the Homepage

Q: How do I prepare before the training starts?

Ahead of the training, remain informed and stay connected on our platform 

Q: Can I change my registered email address to a new one?

Yes, you can. Kindly send the information with your government registered ID to

Seed Capital Phase (Funding)

The funds will be wired directly into the entrepreneur’s business bank account – personal accounts are not permissible.  For those in UBA countries, the business account must be opened with UBA.

Is the initial seed capital amount a fixed sum?

Yes. The initial seed capital funding is fixed at $5,000.

Q: How can I be eligible for the TEF seed capital?

Seed capital is disbursed to entrepreneurs who have received the training and mentorship and meet certain participatory guidelines and objectives. Register on TEFConnect for more information,

Q: What type of account is required for seed capital disbursement?

All shortlisted participants are required to open business accounts in your registered business name. We DO NOT pay seed capital into individual or corporate accounts.

Q: Do I need to open a UBA Business account?

The final selected beneficiaries who are from the countries where UBA is present will open business accounts in any UBA branch located in the country WHILE the beneficiaries from countries where UBA is not present will open business accounts with reputable commercial banks recommended by TEF.

Note: Please ensure you open a business account in the African country where you operate your business.

Q: If UBA is not present in my country, can I open a business account with another bank?

Yes, you can open a business account in any reputable commercial bank recommended by TEF. 

Q: If I have an existing UBA business account, do I need to open another account for the seed capital?

If you have a UBA active business account, you do not need to open another. Please ensure the business registration document you upload tallies with the existing UBA business account.

Q: What next after opening the UBA bank account?

A: Once the bank account opening has been regularized, entrepreneurs can proceed to access the $5000 seed capital.

Q: What is a due diligence verification template?

The due diligence verification template is a template that the foundation will share with all shortlisted participants for the bank where they have opened their corporate accounts to validate all the required documents from the participants.

Q: How do I send my business bank account details to the foundation?

You will be required to upload all details on, while filling in your details, please ensure you DO NOT type words with special characters. We advise that you spell out the words in English.

Q: Will the seed capital be paid in dollars or in my local currency?

The final selected beneficiaries from the countries where UBA is present in will be paid in their local currencies at the CBN exchange rate on selection announcement date WHILE the beneficiaries from the countries where UBA is not present will be paid in USD.

Q: What documents do I need to upload on TEFConnect for seed capital disbursement?

All shortlisted participants are required to upload the following on TEFConnect:

  • Business registration document
  • Notarized document
  • Tax registration form and
  • Your valid business account details
Q: Is there a deadline to fill out bank details and upload our documents on TEFConnect?

Yes, the submission deadline will be communicated to the final selected participants via email. Please note that there will be no extension after the deadline.

Q: Am I allowed to edit if I fill in the wrong business account details?

You are not allowed to edit after submission. We advise that you carefully check the details you have filled in before you click the submit button. You will liable if there is any error with your bank details information.

I have questions about the Seed Capital Process you did not address here.

Kindly reach out to us via  for answers to any questions not addressed by our FAQs, and we’ll do our best to help you out. 


Q: Can I get the link to update my profile as a mentor?

Yes, you can. Kindly sign into as a mentor and update your profile details.

Q: Are TEF mentors paid?

Our mentors are volunteers who do not receive payment for the support they provide. However, we reward their efforts through certificates of achievements and value-add opportunities.

Q: How can I apply to be a mentor?

Thank you for your interest in being a mentor. Kindly share your preferred email address and we will reach out to you. You can also join the global TEF Mentor Guild via

Q: What are the criteria of being a TEF mentor?

A: We are happy to welcome you to join our Mentor Charter if most of these apply to you:

  • – Professional or business experience of 5 years or more
  • – Speak either English, French, Portuguese or Arabic Fluently
  • – Passionate about developing others
  • – Committed to Own learning
  • – Great interpersonal and listening skills
  • – Able to communicate through concepts and models
  • – Business Savvy/ entrepreneurial
  • – Able to see the big picture and connect the dots
  • – Able to set and meet target goals
  • – Being 30 years of age or more would be an advantage
Q: What are the requirements?

All interested mentors are to:

  • – Sign up to become a member of the global TEF Mentor Guild.
  • – Click on “apply here” to complete our registration form, from which we will obtain information that will be used to create your mentor profile on TEFConnect.
  • – Once your registration is accepted, you will be assigned as a TEF Coach or Mentor and be required to sign an MoU signifying that you consent to our mentor guild guidelines.
Q: Who is a TEF Coach?

A: Coaches are individuals who have a minimum of one year business/ professional experience and have met a minimum of 30% of our mentor skills assessment.

They are assigned to guide a specified group of entrepreneurs while they are enrolled in the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme business training, for a period of 12 weeks.

Q: Who is a TEF Mentor?

Mentors are individuals who have a minimum of five years of business/ professional experience and have met a minimum of 50% of our mentor skills assessment.

They are assigned to no more than 3 mentees who have met all requirements to successfully complete the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme and are considered TEF Alumni and must commit to mentoring their assigned mentees (TEF Alumni) for 2 hours monthly, over a 12-month period.

Q: Can a mentor also apply as an entrepreneur?

A mentor cannot apply as an entrepreneur.

Q: When does the mentorship programme start?

The mentorship programme happens in two phases: during the training phase that takes place every May till July, and after the entrepreneurs successfully meet all requirements to become members of our Alumni network in November of every year and runs for a 12-month period.

Q: What are additional resources for Mentors?

The additional resources include:

  • – Access to self-development trainings
  • – Access to mentor groups for networking
  • – Access to the largest platform of African entrepreneurs
  • – Social media visibility
  • – Improved standing amongst peers, through association
  • – Annual mentor certificate
Q: Can I get the mentorship email address?

If you are a TEF mentor, kindly use this email address

Q: I no longer receive email that is sent out to mentors

Kindly send an email to

Q: Will the Mentorship Programme be happening at the same time with training?

The mentorship programme will run in two phases: simultaneously with the training, and at the end of the training.

Q: Is there a Telegram group for Mentors?

Yes. Kindly send an email to to be part of this group.

Alumni Management

Q: Can you help me retrieve my TEF ID?

For information about your TEF ID, kindly send an email to

Q: I cannot find my Certificate

For information about your certificate, kindly send an email to

Q: Can you provide me with a Letter of Recommendation?

The Foundation does not provide letters of recommendation but can provide letters of introduction which confirm your participation in our Programme. To draft this letter, you will need to send your name, selection year, and the name and address of the organisation to

Q: I have not received my seed capital

For more information about your seed capital, kindly send an email to

Q: I have some issues that I need to raise to the Foundation

Thank you for bringing this to our attention. The Foundation takes all issues seriously and conducts comprehensive investigation in all circumstances. Kindly send a detailed email to

Q: I am unable to log onto TEFConnect

Kindly send all TEFConnect complaints to  with a screenshot/video of the error message attached.

Q: What is the NIRSAL application all about?

 It is a funding opportunity for second stage funding with NIRSAL Microfinance Bank (NMFB). NIRSAL is an initiative of the Central Bank of Nigeria that was created in direct response to lack of access to capital in the SME sector in Nigeria.

Q: How can I apply for the NIRSAL funding?

Unfortunately, this opportunity is not available at the moment.

Q: I applied for the NIRSAL funding, but I have not heard from them. What is the next step?

For information about the NIRSAL application, kindly send an email to

Q: I want to host TEF Entrepreneurs meetup in my state. What do I do?

In order to host a meetup with entrepreneurs, we will connect you with Your state Hub Lead. Kindly send an email to

Marketing & Corporate Communication

1 – Can I complete the Start-up Enterprise Toolkit courses offline?

Yes. It is important to note that although all the course material is hosted on the TEFConnect, all assignments are practical (live learning).  You can download the content and refer to it offline.  You must, however, submit the tasks on the TEFConnect and they must be reviewed by your mentor.

2 – Are all the courses/tasks in the Start-Up Enterprise Toolkit compulsory?

Yes. Start-ups must complete all tasks in the 12-week programme.

3 – Will the Start-Up Enterprise Toolkit be relevant to my business model?

Yes. All the topics covered under the Start-Up Enterprise Toolkit will be relevant to helping you improve your knowledge and practical business skills, no matter the industry.

4 – Will the Start-Up Enterprise Toolkit be suited to my schedule?

Yes. Each week you will be given tasks to complete which are applicable to the day-to-day running of your business.

Policy & Partnership

Q: I want to partner with the Foundation 

Kindly send an email to for further guidance.  

Q: I need a template for business partner consent Letter 

Kindly send an email to for further guidance.  


1 – How do I get access to the Mentoring and Learning platform of the TEF Connect?

As a beneficiary on TEFConnect, certain aspects of your TEFConnect profile are limited and accessible only to the selected start-ups, mentors, alumni, the TEF team and selected partner organisations.

2 – What can I do on the TEFConnect?

The entire programme is hosted on the TEFConnect. Your engagement with your mentor and other entrepreneurs is done on the TEFConnect through one-to-one messaging, forums and live chats. The Start-up Enterprise Toolkit learning programme is also hosted on TEFConnect. You will have access to our curated online resources library of case studies, sample business plans, research documents, video presentations, and you can also communicate with members of the TEF Alumni Network. 

3 – Can I sign in with my social media accounts?

Yes. The TEFConnect application platform has a single sign-on functionality and can link with your LinkedIn or Facebook account. 

4 – Is the TEFConnect mobile-friendly?

Yes. The TEFConnect is accessible on your smartphones and tablets.


1 – How will my personal information be used?

The name, country and profile of each successful applicant will be made available for PR purposes globally. Each individual will be asked to provide a profile and photo once they join the programme.

2 – Who can access/view my profile on the TEFConnect?

The TEFConnect is a closed group, accessible only to the selected start-ups, mentors, alumni, the TEF team and selected partner organisations. Only those within this closed community will be able to view your profile and contact you on the TEFConnect.

3 – Will my business’ Intellectual Property be protected?

All information housed on the TEFConnect is considered safe and secure. Intellectual property shared with the Foundation in your application is completely confidential, and only shared amongst the TEF team, designated reviewers and the Selection Committee who have signed confidentiality agreements.

All parties in the programme are held to the highest ethical standards, however, the foundation is not liable for copyright infringement or intellectual property theft among entrepreneurs and mentors. Any individuals found to be in breach of this will be disqualified.


1 – How can I contact representatives of the Foundation?

Selected Entrepreneurs and Alumni:

Contact the TEF admin through TEFConnect
-Applicants and other enquiries:
– Email (,
– The contact page on the website

2 – How do I stay connected to the Foundation even after I have concluded the programme?

All entrepreneurs who have successfully completed the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme and collected their initial seed capital are automatically enrolled as members of the TEF Alumni Network.

3 – What are the benefits of the TEF Alumni Network?

As a member of the TEF Alumni Network, you will have continued access to TEFConnect through “alumni” status (not start-up status). This gives you full access to our online resource library, peer to peer engagement, online and offline events notification and continued affiliation with the Foundation.

4 – What happens if there are changes to my business model during the programme?

Applicants are solely responsible for the structure of the business and the team members within it. Once selected to join the programme, entrepreneurs’ businesses cannot be significantly altered or amended.

 5 – How much time must I dedicate to the programme?

Selected and confirmed entrepreneurs must be available to commit to the annual programme from May to December in the application year.

6 – Is attendance at the TEF Entrepreneurship Forum mandatory?

Yes. All selected entrepreneurs must attend the TEF Entrepreneurship Forum in order to remain on the programme.  Extenuating circumstances may be considered for non-attendance.

7 – Will I need to fund my travel expenses to attend the TEF Entrepreneurship Forum?

Selected entrepreneurs travel to Nigeria for participation in the TEF Entrepreneurship Forum will be covered by the Tony Elumelu Foundation. The Foundation will advise entrepreneurs if this changes.

Mentors who are invited will be required to fund their own travel, unless otherwise agreed.

8 – What if I require a visa to enter Nigeria for the TEF Entrepreneurship Forum?

The Tony Elumelu Foundation will provide an endorsement letter and supporting documentation (copy of flight booking, etc.) to make the process of obtaining a visa as smooth as possible.

No reimbursement is possible for visa costs, and you are solely responsible for applying for and securing an adequate visa for your travel.

Please see Terms and Conditions.

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