The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme Nigeria


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 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 future of the Tony Elumelu Foundation centers on the provision of structured, robust, and multifaceted support to entrepreneurs around Africa through the Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme. 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. The foundation has committed itself to continuing to support its growing numbers of programme alumni, whose inspirational success stories serve as encouragement to upcoming entrepreneurs and demonstrate the effectiveness of the foundation's interventions. The foundation says it intends to continue to facilitate meaningful conversations and mentoring relationships to further assist tomorrow’s business leaders and build an impactful pan-African entrepreneurial ecosystem.


Name of Primary Programme
The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme
Numbers of programme participants annually
25 - 250
Organisation website
Programme Type
Leadership Impact Platform
Region from which participants are selected
Various, Northern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, Southern Africa
Programme Contact email
Programme Funders
Region of programme delivery
Northern Africa, West Africa, Central Africa, South West Africa, South East Africa, Southern Africa
Country of operation
Philanthropic funders
Tony Elumelu Foundation
Are programmes continuing?
Organisation Name
Tony Elumelu Foundation
Programme Start Date
Telephone Number
+234 1 2774641/5

Leadership organisation location

Heirs Place, 1 Macgregor Rd, Ikoyi, Lagos, Nigeria
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About AFLI




The African Leadership Institute (AFLI) focuses on building the capacity and capability of visionary and strategic leadership across the continent. Developing exceptional leaders representing all spheres of society, the Institute’s flagship programme is the prestigious Archbishop Tutu Leadership Fellowship. Offering a multifaceted learning experience and run in partnership with Oxford University, it is awarded annually to 20-25 carefully chosen candidates, nominated from across Africa. Alumni of the African Leadership Institute form a dynamic network of Fellows passionately committed to the continent’s transformation, bridging the divide between nations and ensuring that Africa is set centre-stage in global affairs.