We are building the current generation of young African social entrepreneurs and change-makers.
Stay tuned for our next program cohort applications opening soon!
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.
Who We Look For
The Africa Young Entrepreneur Support (YES) Program is always looking for self-starters, leaders, change makers who are out to create viable and scalable ventures while creating wealth and impact in their local community and beyond. Applicants must meet the following criteria:
The venture must solve a clear social problem in the community
There must be a viable and tested solution already in place (not just an idea)
The social venture should have a viable business model and registered
The venture should have at least five paying customers or making a revenue of at least $200
There should be ambition by the founder of the venture to grow to achieve large scale impact
The applicant can commit to attend in-person weekly sessions (every Saturday) in Nairobi
The applicant can commit to do weekly projects/tasks in relation to their venture
The applicant must be working either full time or at least 30 hrs per week in their venture
The applicant must be below 30 years of age when applying
Why join the Africa YES 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.
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.
Self Leadership and Founder's Mindset
People Leadership & Mindset
Creating Human Centered Solutions
Business Model Innovation
Business Planning & Financials
Building Great Teams
Funding, Growth & Scale
The Art of Communicating
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