The AYADA Lab program for African Entrepreneurs 2019

Tony Elumelu Foundation has $5,000 Seed Capital for Your StartUp

The AYADA Lab program covers the following countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Nigeria, Senegal and Ghana from June 2019 to April 2020.

The AYADA Lab program consists of local and regional workshops, mentoring by some of the best African entrepreneurs today in the areas of cultural and social entrepreneurship, networking with African and European cultural entrepreneurs.

The program takes place in English and French, the two languages of the Lab.

  • Do you have a tested IDEA or have you set up a STARTUP in the fields of CULTURETHE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES, SUSTAINABLE ENVIRONMENT or EDUCATION?
  • Would you benefit from the MENTORING of established top African cultural and digital entrepreneurs?
  • Would your startup benefit from a program of INCUBATION and ACCELERATION?
  • Would your startup benefit from a program of INCUBATION and ACCELERATION?


Young West Africans entrepreneurs who meet the following criteria 
are more than welcome to apply :
  • Aged between 20 and 35
  • Be a national of and based in either Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria or Cameroon
  • Have a 1 year project experience or a tested idea creating value of innovation with high impact on society
  • Have a project in the Cultural and Creative industries (fashion, books, cinema, etc.), Civil society issues (education, women rights and empowerment, civic tech, active citizens) or the Environment


Taking place in Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Senegal, Nigeria and Cameroon, with African cultural, social and digital experts to bolster the startups

Individual Mentoring

Round 2 selection of candidates for a full year individual mentoring and participation in the AYADA Lab regional workshop

Networking trips

In Europe and in Africa to meet with experts from the creative, cultural and social industries

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