The Tony Elumelu Foundation, UNICEF's Generation Unlimited, and IKEA Foundation are teaming up to launch an exciting Green Entrepreneurship Programme in Africa. This program aims to empower African youth, tackle climate change, biodiversity loss, and resource scarcity. It will provide training, mentoring, and funding to young entrepreneurs, enabling them to develop innovative solutions for a sustainable future. Through workshops, mentorship, and funding opportunities, participants will create green businesses to address environmental challenges.
BeGreen Africa has set key goals such as empowering youth, creating green jobs, addressing the triple planetary crisis, and promoting innovation. The founding partners will utilize their expertise, government relations, private sector connections, and extensive presence in Africa, especially in Kenya, to develop a curriculum that focuses on green initiatives and meets the capacity needs of the targeted youth. They will also engage expert trainers to deliver the training as well as facilitate mentor and alumni network connections.
The founders will provide funding to empower entrepreneurs and help them start and grow their green businesses. Tony Elumelu, founder of the Tony Elumelu Foundation, is optimistic about empowering young Africans with entrepreneurial skills to drive the shift towards a green economy. He believes in the power of green entrepreneurship and agripreneurship to address environmental issues and wants to support young Africans, starting with Kenya, in finding innovative solutions to the climate crisis. The application portal for young African entrepreneurs is open until September 30, 2023.