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Tony Elumelu Foundation


TEF’s long-term investment in empowering African entrepreneurs emblematic of Tony Elumelu’s philosophy of Africapitalism, positioning Africa’s private sector, and most importantly entrepreneurs, as the catalyst for the social and economic development of the continent.

In 2015, TEF consolidated its various programmes and initiatives and made investing in Africa’s next generation of entrepreneurs and business leaders a priority. The vision for the Foundation is to unlock the obstacles that Africa’s entrepreneurs face as they grow their start-ups into small to medium enterprises (SMEs), their SMEs into national growth companies, and their national growth companies into African multinationals.

Structure:  Programme: TEF Entrepreneurship Programme via TEF Connect – The Programme is a 10-year, $100 million commitment to identify, train, mentor and fund 10,000 African entrepreneurs. The Programme’s objective is to generate at least 1,000,000 new jobs and create at least $10 billion in new business revenue across Africa