Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme 2021

Deadline: 31 March 2021
Open to: entrepreneurs based in Africa
Benefits: $5,000 non-refundable seed capital, training, mentorship and networking opportunities


Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) has opened applications for its annual funding program for African entrepreneurs. The Tony Elumelu Foundation, Africa’s leading philanthropy dedicated to empowering African entrepreneurs, opens applications on its TEFConnect digital platform today, January 1, 2021.

This year’s intervention prioritises the economic recovery of small and medium scale enterprises (SMEs) and young African entrepreneurs, following the Covid-19 disruption to economic activities.

To address the unique challenges arising from the pandemic, lift millions out of poverty and create sustainable employment across the continent, the Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Programme will empower 1,000 young African entrepreneurs, selected from the 2020 cohort. The Foundation will also open applications to an additional 2,400 young entrepreneurs in 2021, in collaboration with global partners.

Successful applicants receive world-class business training, mentorship, non-refundable seed capital up to $5,000, and global networking opportunities. The Programme is open to entrepreneurs across Africa, both new start-ups and existing young businesses, operating in any sector.


  • Startup African entrepreneurs based in Africa
  • Business at the idea stage are welcome, as well as innovative businesses that have been in existence for less than 3 years
  • Business can be in any sector
  • Business must have the potential to create jobs and revenue on the continent


  • Business Training
  • Mentorship
  • $5,000 non-refundable seed capital
  • Global Networking Opportunities

How to apply?

For more information and to apply, please visit the official website.