Y.E.E.P. Training, Mentorship and Funding Program


Y.E.E.P. Program Outline

The Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Project is structured to raise and support young Africans who are enthusiastic about entrepreneurship and leadership. We are set to drive innovation through sound entrepreneurial initiatives. Learn more about the program below. (click to expand)

The Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Project (Y.E.E.P.) since inception on 11th April, 2020, has raised, mentored and empowered up to 20,000 young African entrepreneurs across Africa through our Entrepreneurship Programmes, while continuing to provide capacity-building support, advisory and market linkages to thousands of young Africans through our networking platform, Elite Entrepreneurs Network.

Our beneficiaries are creating and growing trailblazing businesses that directly and indirectly create jobs and means of livelihood in their communities. They support all 17 Sustainable development Goals (SDGs) and are committed to achieving the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Beyond this impact, We continue to advocate and propagate the more distinct and sustainable narrative of African youth entrepreneurship as the solution to unlocking the continent’s potential.

We are on a mission to raising and empowering up to 1,000,000 young entrepreneurs by 2030, through our training, mentorship and funding programs, who through the engagement of their creative abilities can create innovative solutions to tackle economic problems across African communities.

The training program which costs a total of 500 US Dollars has been packaged into a scholarship program and made available to beneficiaries through our partnerships with the University of Maryland, Africa for Africa Youth initiative, Zenith Bank PLC and the Elite Entrepreneurs Academy.

The Training Program is broken down into 3 stages:
• Y.E.E.P. Training Stage 1: In this stage, participants are taken through our Startup Fundamentals course for a period of one week. Startup Fundamentals offers an insightful introduction to the entrepreneurship processes. It is a guide on how to move your ideas or skills, profitably, from your mind to the market. This course covers the four basic processes that helps an entrepreneur build sustainable businesses. This course explains ideation and how to come up with ideas that would be profitable in the market. The course also covers feasibility and how an entrepreneur can conduct a valid feasibility study. Business planning and business model design as well as strategic execution is also covered in the course. For entrepreneurs who are hoping to get started and get it right in business, this is the best point of entry. This course offers the knowledge that you need in order to build a rock solid business that can withstand the challenges of business startup.
What will you learn?
• More about entrepreneurship
• Ideation: How to come up with viable ideas and also improve existing ideas
• Feasibility analysis: How to check if your idea is better than your competitors
• Business planning and modeling: Building a solid business that would succeed
• Execution: How to intelligently build your team and your business for sustainability

• Y.E.E.P. Training Stage 2: After completing the first stage trainings, participants proceed to the second stage of the training. In this stage, participants go through and intensive study of Entrepreneurship in Africa and brief touch on Public Service and Governance. Entrepreneurship in Africa would help you develop a practical entrepreneurship mindset and guide you on business start-ups and entrepreneurship knowledge to be used at the various levels in Africa to enhance development through innovation. In the company of the need for rapid development across African nations, there is a dire need for the nurturing of highly qualitative leadership with noble values and bold new ideas that will stimulate growth across the continent, next on the convoy of needs is the mainstream participation of Africa’s youth in public service and governance. The Public Service and Governance Boot Camp is a strategic long term mentorship program (organized by the Africa for Africa School of Government) for the deliberate evolution of a new generation of informed and purposeful Political Leaders & Public Servants that will transform the public sector landscape of African nations.

• Y.E.E.P. Training Stage 3: This stage covers Startup Funding for entrepreneurs and will be completed within 4 weeks. This course is for aspiring or active entrepreneurs who want to understand how to secure funding for their company. This course will demystify key financing concepts to give entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs a guide to secure funding. Examine the many financing options available to get your new venture funded. Learn the basics of finance, valuations, dilution and non-dilutive funding sources. Understand capital structure for new ventures, term sheets and how to negotiate them, and the differences between early-stage versus later-stage financing. Develop an understanding of how to develop winning investor pitches, who and when to pitch, how to avoid common mistakes that limit the effectiveness of the pitch, and how to ‘get to the close’. Key questions answered within the course include:
• When to raise outside capital?
• What kind of investors invest by stage and where to find them?
• What are your fundraising options?
• What are the key components of the term sheet?
• How to perform company valuations?
• How to pitch to investors?
• What techniques help the entrepreneur ‘get to the close’?

Y.I.M.M.P. is a mentoring program which has been created to raise a generation of young Africans who will be at the fore-front of driving transformational impact from their community grassroot levels to national and continental hierarchies. We focus on grooming mentees to live a lifestyle of Leadership & Excellence for Accelerated Development in their personal & professional life as we together transform our continent, one community at a time. Our mentees (i.e. People who have ACCEPTED responsibility, BELIEVE in the vision of a transformed and working Africa, COMMIT their time, energy & resources and DO something to deliver a transformed Africa would be mentored by our seasoned mentors excelling in different fields of life in the areas of Politics, Business, Speaking/Consulting, Social Entrepreneurship, Career, Academics etc.

All mentorship activities are held on our Telegram channel

Certified participants are qualified to pitch for funding as the Y.E.E.P., through her strategic partnerships and collaborations, makes funding opportunities available through the year for them to benefit from.
Zenith Bank accounts are also created for all participants of the program at the point of application as only participants with existing active Zenith Bank accounts may benefit from the different stages of the program.

Financially empowering young African entrepreneurs to establish innovative solutions that tackle basic economic problems. Our funding opportunities provide direct support to start-ups and SMEs, with a particular focus on youth-driven businesses and innovations. Only participants of the Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Project who have passed through our scholarship/mentorship program and have been certified by the Elite Entrepreneurs Academy are qualified to participate in The Capital (Y.E.E.P. Funding Stage).

The Funding Program is broken down to 3 fundamental stages:

Stage 1: Submissions

Participants are required to prepare and submit their business pitch decks and business proposals which would also contain their business plan. Submissions are reviewed and qualified participants proceed to the next stage (qualification is based on adherence to submission guidelines)

Stage 2: Online Pitching

Qualified participants go through the online pitch event, where they are required to present and defend their proposals to our in-house review and selection team. Participants who scale proceed to the live pitch where they present to our grantors and investors.

Stage 3: The Capital Live

Participants who scale through to this stage would be required to present and defend their business proposals as they pitch live to their potential grantors/investors. If they successfully pitch their ideas and business plans to our grantors, they could be awarded a grant and different levels of funding and opportunities by grantors and investors present at the pitch event.

1. Registration Fee

You are required to complete a registration fee of $33 (N15, 500) before commencing your training.

2. Cerification fee

Participants are required to pay a fee of $22 at the end of the 12 weeks training program, to cover for their certification after which they are awarded a certificate in Business Management.

Only certified participants may proceed into the funding stage of the program

1. Get Groomed with Business Management Skills

2. Earn A Certificate in Business Management

3. Get Your Business Registered

4. Build A Solid/Viable Business Plan For Your Business Venture

5. Opportunities To Equip Your Business Venture

6. Opportunities To Pitch For Funding

7. Networking With Other Entrepreneurs

and much more.

Before You Apply

Kindly note that you’re required to have a Zenith Bank account as this is an eligibility criteria to benefit from the program. If you don’t have one, an account will automatically be created for you after completing your registration.