The YES 2019
Applications are Now Open
Are you an early stage social entrepreneur looking to unlock your potential and create impact? The Africa YES 2019 fully sponsored program is just for you!
Apply before 8th March.

About the Africa YES Program

The Africa Young Entrepreneur Support (YES) Program is a 4-month intensive fully sponsored entrepreneurship, leadership and business training that provides early stage social entrepreneurs of between 18 – 29 years with the resources they need to discover opportunities, unlock their potential and create impact in their local communities.

The program seeks to identify, inspire and empower 20 young social entrepreneurs to recognize opportunities, explore innovative approaches, mobilize resources, manage risks, and build viable social enterprises.

Application Criteria

The Africa Young Entrepreneur Support (YES) Program is looking for self-starters, leaders, change makers who are out to create viable businesses as but create impact in their local community and beyond. Applicants must meet the following criteria:

  1. The venture must solve a clear social problem in the community
  2. There must be a viable and tested solution already in place (not just an idea) 
  3. The social venture should have a viable business model
  4. The venture should have at least five paying customers or making a revenue of at least $200
  5. There should be ambition by the founder of the venture to grow to achieve large scale impact
  6. The applicant can commit to attend weekly sessions (every Saturday) in Nairobi from March to June, 2019
  7. The applicant can commit to do weekly assignments/tasks in relation to their venture
  8. The applicant must be working either full time or at least 30 hrs per week in their venture
  9. The applicant must be below 30 years of age when applying

Why be part of the Africa YES 2019 Program

Leadership and Business Acumen Skills

Our hands-on training sessions delivered by experienced facilitators are tailored to help you become a great entrepreneurial leader equipped with 21st century skills that are vital in helping your venture grow

Build & Grow your Venture

Our practical and real-world sessions mean you get to apply what you are learning each week to your venture while getting feedback to help you grow and your venture grow

Access Funding up to 15000 USD

At the end of the 12-weeks program, 3 fellows will be selected to immediately receive up to 15,000 USD in grants, which is a zero-equity funding. You will also be connected to other funding opportunities available.

Access Networks, Mentors & Opportunities

As part of the program, you will connect deeper with other social entrepreneurs, mentors and other entrepreneurship ecosystem players, including exclusive opportunities and workshops

Access 3 months Co-working space

A minimum of 5 participants will receive a 3-month membership that will give them full access to work from a co-working space so as to grow their ventures.

Potential Internships

Participants may benefit from potential exchange program with young social entrepreneurs in South Korea and get opportunities to interact and intern with South Korean companies and organizations.



Days Remaining to Application Deadline

Program Timelines

Applications Open
14 JANUARY 201915 MARCH, 2019

1st round of applications for the Africa YES 2019 program are ongoing

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Interviews & Selection
18 MARCH 2019 to22 MARCH 2019

Shortlisted applicants will attend in-person interviews in Nairobi. Final selected participants to be notified by 25th February.

Bootcamp Weekend
30 MARCH 2019 to31 MARCH 2019

We will Kick off the program with a two-day immersive in-person Bootcamp in March 2019 for the 20 Young Social Entrepreneurs.

Saturday Weekly Sessions
6 APRIL 2019 to22 JUNE 2019

Training Sessions will be happening each and every Saturday, 9.00 am – 1.00 pm in Nairobi with business project work during the week. Sessions will be run by expert facilitators

4 JULY 20192.00 PM - 11.00 PM

During Demo Day, social entrepreneurs will pitch their ventures to a pool of judges comprising investors, entrepreneurs, mentors and industry experts for funding and support

Post Program Support

Post program, 3 entrepreneurs will receive up to 15,000 USD  in grant funding, with 5 getting co-working space membership, and other entrepreneurs getting access to opportunities and support