At 9 years of age Babatunde Lawal started his journey into entrepreneurship selling female scarves with a startup of 4,000 Naira which came from his savings and gifts from relatives. With a mission to thrive and leave a mark in business, he has taken this early start in business and experience over the years to the agriculture sector, setting up […]

Powering Africa’s Transformation

First Published on Project Syndicate CAPE TOWN/LAGOS – Africa has a bright future ahead of it. Productivity and growth will improve as African economies continue to place more emphasis on services and manufacturing, pursue commodity production, and achieve quick gains in agriculture and light industry. But African countries’ success presupposes that they generate and manage energy sustainable to keep up […]

  It’s 2017 and the third set of 1000 start-ups benefitting from the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme have just been announced. The significant growth in applications since the Entrepreneurship Programme was launched in 2015, reflects the increasing clout and trust in the programme as an interjection to Africa’s nascent transformation. When announcing the selected 1000 on 22nd March 2017, […]

The Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is a signature effort to invest in the next generation of African leaders.  Former President Obama launched YALI in 2010 to support young African leaders as they spur growth and prosperity, strengthen democratic governance, and enhance peace and security across Sub-Saharan Africa.In line with our vision to create 10,000 startups that generate significant employment […]

On this return flight to Banjul, The Gambia from Johannesburg where he participated in the Global Entrepreneurship Congress, Modou N’jie, CEO of Farmfresh reflects happily on the events of the past days. The excitement of winning the Audience award at the GEC 2017 is somewhat alike to the feeling he had in July 2015 when he attended the TEF Forum […]

“The seed we plant today through the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme will transform Africa”, Tony Elumelu CON, Founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation who is investing $100 million over the next decade to provide training, mentoring and funding to 10,000 African start-ups and early stage enterprise across the 54 African countries. Today I share with you a story of what […]

The Selection Committee met on the 22nd, March to discuss the final list of the selected 1,000 Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs. Click to watch the full video  

Originally published here In their article Creating Shared Value, Michael E. PorterMark R. Kramer wrote: “Shared value could reshape capitalism and its relationship to society. It could also drive the next wave of innovation and productivity growth in the global economy as it opens managers’ eyes to immense human needs that must be met, large new markets to be served, […]

CEO of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Parminder Vir was in South Africa recently for the Global Entrepreneurship congress and she took out time to join Xolani Gwala on the 702 Radio Breakfast sharing the concept of Africapitalism and the critical role the private sector and entrepreneurship plays in the economic transformation and development of Africa.  

Parminder Vir’s Interview with Power FM

CEO of the foundation was a guest panelist representing the Tony Elumelu Foundation at the Global Entrepreneurship Forum in Johannesburg, South Africa. While she was there, she took out time to meet with Power FM to discuss South Africa’s Business Environment