Business leaders and upcoming entrepreneurs are set for the 2019 edition of the annual Tony Elumelu Foundation, TEF Entrepreneurship Forum, which will hold from July 26 – 27.
Intending participants are expected to make online registration to attend the all-important forum. Every year, the Tony Elumelu Foundation, Africa’s foremost champion of entrepreneurship, hosts the largest convening of entrepreneurs, policymakers and business leaders in one location.
This year, the 5th edition themed “Empowering African Entrepreneurs” will take place at the iconic Transcorp Hilton, in Nigeria’s capital, Abuja.
The forum will feature master classes, a dynamic pitching competition, electrifying panel debates, and the Presidential Dialogue. It will engage an audience of 5,000 comprising of startup entrepreneurs, development institutions and policymakers.
This year will also include the UBA Marketplace powered by United Bank for Africa, UBA, and networking hubs where founders and investors connect and forge partnerships.
In recent years, world leaders and entrepreneurs of note have graced the forum, making positive impacts on budding entrepreneurs. At the 2018 edition, President Nana Akufo-Addo of Ghana and Tony Elumelu, founder, TEF discussed the role of the government in developing the African economy and harnessing the opportunities that exist in Africa. It was an enlightening conversation that left participants, mainly startup entrepreneurs present at the session with new ideas.
The most anticipated event at the 2018 forum was the launch of TEFConnect, believed to be the world’s largest digital platform for African entrepreneurs and the larger entrepreneurship ecosystem. Some of the benefits of the platform include access to a marketplace, free business tools, networking and funding opportunities.