Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) 2018 Call For Applications

Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) 2018 application portal is open and accepting submissions from Young African Entrepreneurs with business ideas that can transform Africa. 

The application is open to Startups and Entrepreneurs from all the 54 African Countries – for Africans based in Africa. Funding support is worth $100M for 10,000 Startups/Entrepreneurs and successful applicants will join the cycle of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme.

The funding initiative is part of the  10-year $100milllion commitment made by the Tony Elumelu Foundation to train, mentor and fund 10,000 African entrepreneurs in every African country.  Since inception, the Programme has assisted nearly 3,000 entrepreneurs and created hundreds of jobs across the continent.

TEEP 2018 Eligibility Requirements

  • Business must be based in Africa
  • Business must be for profit
  • Business must be 0-3 years’ old
  • Applicants must be at least 18 and a legal resident or citizen of an African country

Benefits of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP)

The Programme provides critical tools for entrepreneurial success, including:

  • Training: 12 weeks of intensive training on setting-up and managing businesses
  • Mentoring: A mentor will guide successful applicants in creating a robust business plan
  • Seed Capital: $5,000 in non-returnable seed capital and access to a $5,000 convertible loan 

Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme – TEEP – Funding

All entrepreneurs who successfully complete the 12-week Start-up Enterprise Toolkit (learning) programme, submit a business plan for review, as well as required documentation and a business bank account, will qualify for the first stage non-refundable seed capital of $5,000.

Funding Options for the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP)

All start-ups who successfully complete the programme will be eligible for funding.

There are two stages of funding available to start-ups:

  • First stage seed capital funding of $5,000 – a non-returnable investment dispersed at the 12-week start-up enterprise toolkit (learning) programme, upon submission and review of a business plan. Please see Terms and Conditions for clarification.
  • Second stage capital ‘investment’ of $5,000 – for qualifying startups that have progressed their business


Judging Criteria – Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme – TEEP

All applications will be judged on 5 core criteria, which are:

  • Feasibility of the business idea.
  • Market Opportunity: knowledge and understanding of the market, customers, and competitors for their idea/business.
  • Financial Understanding: understanding of the basic financial requirements of running a business, costs, and revenues.
  • Scalability: Demonstrates potential for replication and growth of their product or service to create jobs and wealth.
  • Leadership Potential and Entrepreneurial Skills: Demonstrate leadership potential, capable of attracting people, customers, and resources.1,000 entrepreneurs will be selected based on the viability of their idea, including market opportunity; financial understanding; scalability; and leadership and entrepreneurial skills demonstrated in the application.

    For more information, application forms and complete details, – Apply now for the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP) – Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme 


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