Young Sierra Leonean entrepreneurs will be gracing Africa’s largest trade fair dubbed UBA Marketplace, which will be held in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, on the 26th and 27th July 2019. They will be opportuned to interact with their counterparts across the continent and share ideas and even get mentorship from experts, during the plenary sessions. This year’s Forum, themed “Empowering African Entrepreneurs”, will host some 20,000 visitors and over 100 small and medium enterprises, plus top private and public sector players. Top artists like Wizkid, Niniola, Dj Cuppy, Dj Neptune performing as Cynthia Nassardine, RMD will also be gracing the 2-Day event.
This year’s TEF Entrepreneurship Programme captures more Sierra Leonean entrepreneurs. The event seeks to promote young entrepreneurs and business people across Africa and create the enabling environment for interaction among business owners and the mentorship of youths. It is the aim of this forum to prioritise the private sector and encourage entrepreneurship, especially among the youths.
It could be recalled that an agreement signed between the UNDP and the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) to financially support 100,000 young entrepreneurs in Africa over 10 years is being actualised at the UBA Marketplace.
The TEF Youth Entrepreneurship Programme has benefited 7,520 local entrepreneurs across 54 African countries in five years of existence and Sierra Leonean youths are set to be the beneficiaries of seed money plus 12 weeks business training. These will join the previously announced 3,051 beneficiaries of the 2019 cohort of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. After the training, the final shortlist of 2,000 applicants will be announced to join the previous 2019 TEF cohort.
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