ON 22 March 2016 — The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) announced the selection of 1,000 entrepreneurs for the 2ndround of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme (TEEP). Over 45,000 entrepreneurs from 54 African countries applied, more than doubling the number of applications received in 2015. Successful candidates represent diverse industries, led by agriculture, ICT and fashion. The highest numbers of applicants came from Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Uganda and Cameroon. All five regions — North, East, Southern, Central and West Africa are represented.

I am happy to let you know that I was selected amongst the finalists from Uganda. Over the next nine months, I will receive intensive online training, networking and mentoring, that provides a toolkit for success and sustainability. I will also participate in the three-day Elumelu Entrepreneurship Forum later in the year, the largest annual gathering of African entrepreneurial talent.

With the seed grant of up to 5000 USD, Design for charity will recruit fresh university graduates from ICT and Art backgrounds as interns and give them on job training skills so that they can work on real life digital solutions for non-profits and business startups. Services for website design and development, social media marketing and management, graphic design solutions and photography will be offered. The Interns will market and interest potential clients, then they will get to work with mentors on finding the relevant solutions for the clients. They will receive real work experience. Skills gained will help them start their own ICT related ventures or get alternative work experiences after the 1 year contract ends. The best interns will be retained by Design for Charity as full employees. Non-profits and business startups will get professional work done for them that is appealing to their target audience at a relatively affordable price.