Working with young Africans to develop a culture of entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity can help to address some of the continent’s key development challenges. The British Council’s Entrepreneurial Africa programme provides support and opportunities to emerging entrepreneurs, to foster the development of new skills and unlock their potential to contribute to a new Africa.
Encouraging entrepreneurship and social enterprise
Promoting innovation and social impact.
Supporting emerging entrepreneurs
Providing opportunities for entrepreneurs to become investment ready.
Connecting Africa and the UK
Connecting African entrepreneurs to the UK and with each other.
By 2020, Entrepreneurial Africa will:
• promote entrepreneurship amongst 70 million young Africans
• equip 60,000 young entrepreneurs with the skills to scale their businesses
• support ten per cent of engaged entrepreneurs to secure equity financing
• stimulate collaboration between entrepreneurs and start-ups in Africa and the UK
• facilitate policy change and new approaches to entrepreneurship in Africa and collaboration between the UK and African ecosystems.
How it Works
The British Council’s Entrepreneurial Africa programme works across four key areas of activity.
COMPETITIONS - PROMOTING ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND PROVIDING NEW OPPORTUNITIES
The Enterprise Challenge series is a set of national televised competitions where passionate entrepreneurs pitch their business plans to expert investor panels with the aim of securing technical and financial support to make their dreams a reality. The most innovative and sustainable ideas secure financing, mentoring and partnership opportunities. In Ghana the competition is known as The Challenge, in Nigeria Enterprise Challenge, in Senegal Great Entrepreneur, in Sudan Mashrouy, and in South Africa Dreamtrepreneur.
MENTORING - HELPING EMERGING ENTREPRENEURS REACH THEIR FULL POTENTIAL
We facilitate connections between entrepreneurs and mentors across Africa and the UK. Our partnership with the Mara Mentor platform connects entrepreneurs with top business leaders online and via mobile. Face-to-face mentoring opportunities are offered through expert panels and our partner networks in-country.
TRAINING AND BUSINESS CLINICS - DEVELOPING ENTREPRENEURIAL SKILLS AND SUPPORTING BUSINESSES
Targeted training provides entrepreneurs with the core skills and know-how to develop successful businesses. Business clinics offer entrepreneurs direct, practical feedback on how to overcome bottlenecks and scale their enterprises.
CONFERENCES, SHOWCASES AND FORUMS - FACILITATING NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION AND INFLUENCING POLICY
National and international events give entrepreneurs the opportunity to connect and network with industry experts and experienced entrepreneurs, while stakeholders from the UK and African ecosystems get the chance to share experiences and create partnership opportunities.