Launched in 2015, The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship (TEF) Programme is the largest African philanthropic initiative devoted to entrepreneurship and represents a 10-year, $100 million commitment, to identify and empower 10,000 African entrepreneurs, create a million jobs, and add $10 billion in revenues to Africa’s economy.

Apply Now! The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme 2018 is open. The deadline is midnight (WAT) on 1 March 2018.

The selected companies will go through a 12-week program aimed at equipping the startups with basic skills required to launch and run their business. Additional resources will be, online mentoring, meet-ups, Entrepreneurship forums and seed capital up to USD $ 5,000.

“When we launched the TEF Programme and committed $100 million to empowering Africa’s entrepreneurs, I knew we would create impact, but I never imagined it would be impact of this magnitude. We have unleashed a movement of African entrepreneurs — a force so strong, so inspiring, that I am confident they will collectively transform Africa. We need Africa’s best and brightest entrepreneurs to come learn, grow their businesses and build our continent.” –TEF Founder, serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony O. Elumelu


  1. The business must be based in Africa
  2. The business must be for profit
  3. The business must be 0-3 years old
  4. Applicants must be at least 18 and a legal resident or citizen of an African country

Applications should be submitted online through the TEF APPLICATION PORTAL. The applicants must complete the application by answering a series of mandatory questions and additional documentation as required.