Roads lead to Lagos for Elumelu entrepreneurship forum

1,300 African entrepreneurs, business leaders expected at the forum

The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), Africa’s leading philanthropy dedicated to catalysing entrepreneurship, has fixed October 13-14 for the 3rd annual TEF Entrepreneurship Forum.

According to TEF, the forum is the most diverse annual gathering of African entrepreneurs and SMEs.

This year’s edition, happening in Lagos, Nigeria, “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; from Mauritius to Cape Verde to Kenya and more.”

TEF projects in a statement issued last Wednesday that “Assembled SMEs will build networks, share knowledge, connect with investors and link with corporate supply chains.”

The statement reported TEF Founder Tony O. Elumelu, CON. saying: ‘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 3 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 two-day Forum will feature plenary panels, masterclasses, sector specific networking opportunities and policy-led forums focused on enabling African business growth.

Speakers will include: Wale Ayeni, International Finance Corporation; Stephen Tio Kauma, Afrexim Bank; Andre Hue, African Development Bank; Stephen M. Haykin, USAID Nigeria; Heikke Reugger, European Investment Bank; Abdoulaye Mar Dieye, United Nations Development Programme.

TEF Chief Executive Officer Parminder Vir OBE said: ‘This is the first year we have opened the Forum up to include the full pan-African entrepreneurship ecosystem. In doing so, we are enabling African SME communities to come together and expand the possibilities for intra-African partnerships. I am looking forward to welcoming our invited policy-makers and investors to join us at the Forum, as we empower the next generation of African business leaders.’

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 its entrepreneurs, as the catalysts for the social and economic development of the continent. – BDG


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