DRIVING YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN AFRICA
In the spirit of entrepreneurship and development of Africa, efforts are being made to drive Youth entrepreneurship across the continent. The United Nations development programme has launched a Pan-Africa and entrepreneurship Portal-Platform designed for young African entrepreneurs with the intent of cultivating an ecosystem that will promote mentor-ship, funding, information-sharing and networking across the continent. The Youth For Africa and SDGs (YAS) portal platform, amongst other reasons, was developed to accelerate the entrepreneurial growth across Africa by creating a solid network between entrepreneurs and the ecosystem. Launched about two weeks ago, there are already over a thousand users on the platform and the reception has been very good. There are 5 primary user roles on this platform and they include:
- Entrepreneurs: Entrepreneurs startups
- Incubators, Accelerators, Donors: People looking to invest in entrepreneurs through an incubation or acceleration program, or even as an equity/finance partner for the startups.
- Private and Corporate sector: People looking for innovation solutions or for suppliers
- Government persons: People looking to play in the ecosystem either as a knowledge partner or a support partner.
- Academic partners: People who can create relevant content around entrepreneurship in Africa
In this video, Sandiso Simelane, the spokesperson, YAS discusses with Christy Cole of CNBC as she explains better what this portal platform is all about.
PHOTO CREDIT: AMREF HEALTH AFRICA