The Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Project (Y.E.E.P.) spearheaded by Africa’s fast-growing entrepreneurs network, Elite Entrepreneurs Network (EEN) empowering young African entrepreneurs from all 54 African Countries and supporting the private sector in emerging-market countries is focused on empowering young entrepreneurs across Africa every year for the next ten (10) years.

The Y.E.E.P. has its emphasis on providing thousands of entrepreneurs with a Scholarship, Mentorship, and Funding opportunities. The Programme cycle has been updated to place more emphasis on getting more entrepreneurs through the business training. The Initiative strongly and rigorously prepares Entrepreneurs to be investment worthy coupled with equipping young Africans with the skills to steer their business to scalable heights.

The initative makes important contributions to the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by providing funding, technical skills and comprehensive business readiness to drive better performance of SMEs in accordance with SDG 1 (No poverty), SDG 4 (Quality Education), SDG 8 (Decent Work and Economic Growth) and SDG 9 (Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure).

At the Y.E.E.P. Pitching/Funding event, angel and long-time investors in supporting the private sector in emerging-market countries sit at the table to provide funding to qualified entrepreneurs and their scalable businesses.

Grant Awardee Adewumi Gboyega, CEO Babs Food Nigeria, a local food commodity sales company is one of the beneficiaries of the seed funding at the 2020 Pitch event. He believes that every Nigerian home can have access to quality food items like Rice, Beans, potatoes, spices etc. at an affordable price with great convenience. He stands to promote Nigeria’s local food commodities that nature offers-in his words- over highly processed food produce; a major cause of the various chronic diseases in our world today.

Another beneficiary of the Y.E.E.P. Grant was Solomon Aladegolu, Founder, Noble Poultry Farm, a commercial poultry farm and egg production organization. Commenting on the Grant awarded his farm, he stated “We are in the commercial poultry farm and egg production line of business because we want to leverage on the vast opportunities available in the agriculture industry, to contribute our quota in growing the Nigerian economy, in national food production, and also to export chicken and eggs from Nigeria to other countries and above all, create employment opportunities.” With both awardees, the Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Project (Y.E.E.P) was particular about achieving SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 3 (Good Health and Well-Being).

Another Awardee, Oduntan Abiola who runs a fashion brand said “This is a fashion brand that specializes in designing of male clothing and Accessories from discarded fabrics that are considered as wasted pieces of clothes by fashion designers into classy and custom-made clothing and Accessories.” in consonance with the SDG 12 (Responsible Consumption and Production).

The application for the 2021 cohort of the Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Project is now open on yeep.een.ng