After a critical review of over 600 applications, 300 entrepreneurs have been selected to participate in the Enterprising Young Africans Digital Programme. The programme which is a collaborative effort between British Council Ghana, Kenya Climate Innovation Center (KCIC), and Innohub, supports young people in Africa to transition into decent jobs/work, and start or grow sustainable businesses or enterprises.
Concurrently running in Ghana, Botswana, and Kenya, the programme focuses on ‘impact enterprises’, referring to businesses with a social purpose including the creation of inclusive and decent work for others. The program offers support in two strands: Firstly, to higher-skilled entrepreneurs to build successful impact-focused enterprises. And secondly, to support marginalized groups (Low-Skilled, Self Employed Youth in Survival Enterprises) with essential entrepreneurial skills for enterprise development.
Selected entrepreneurs run businesses or have ideas spanning various sectors including Agribusiness, Construction, Creative Arts, Digital Solutions, Education, Facilities Management, Fashion, Food and Beverage, Health & Safety, Management Consulting, Personal Products (Cosmetics), Real Estate, Transport & Logistics, Waste Management, and many other Sectors.
In this 2-week virtual training programme, participants are being immersed in a unique educational opportunity that embraces experiential learning, mentorship, and collaboration. Having successfully completed the programme, participants will acquire the needed knowledge and skills that will usher them in as the next generation of enterprising and innovative leaders, who are empowered to shape the future of Africa.
Modules covered in the programme include; Fundamentals of Social Entrepreneurship, Finance and Accounting, Human Resources Management, Legal Compliance & Taxation, Sustainability Integration, Measuring Social Impact, Communicating Impact, Marketing for Social Enterprises, Weathering the Storm: African Social Enterprises and COVID 19, and Fundraising.
Beyond the training, entrepreneurs with running businesses will be set up on a Market Access Platform, offering them an opportunity to showcase their products and services to potential clients and partners globally.