The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) will be hosting over 1,300 African entrepreneurs in Lagos at this year’s edition of its entrepreneurship programme.
The scheme is targeted at empowering the next generation of African business leaders.
The event, which is third in a series, remains the most diverse annual gathering of African entrepreneurs and Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
The forum, holding from October 13 to 14, would be attended by 1,300 African entrepreneurs, business leaders, and policymakers from 54 countries.
According to a statement from the TEF, this is the first year that invitation to the forum is extended beyond the 1,000 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs from the 2017 cohort to include selected SMEs, media, hubs, incubators, academia and investors from diverse nations across Africa.
It said the assembled SMEs would build networks, share knowledge, connect with investors and link with corporate supply chains.
The TEF Founder, Tony Elumelu, said, “Since launching the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme – and committing $100 million to empowering 10,000 African entrepreneurs in a decade – we have unleashed our continent’s most potent development force, its entrepreneurs.
“In just three years, our first 3,000 entrepreneurs have created tens of thousands of jobs and generated considerable wealth. On October 13 and 14, the global entrepreneurship community will gather in Lagos to build a New Africa, a thriving, self-reliant continent capable of replicating the results of our ground-breaking programme.”
The forum would feature plenary panels, master-classes, sector-specific networking opportunities and policy-led forums focused on enabling African business growth.
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