Prince Andrew, Duke of York, Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote and former Nigerian President, Olusegun Obasanjo have confirmed their support for the African Entrepreneurship Programme (AEP), an initiative aimed at supporting entrepreneurs and young businesses in Africa.
The African Entrepreneurship Programme will be a joint initiative between Pitch@Palace and The Global African Investment Summit (TGAIS), designed to develop the African private sector and stimulate innovation and technology throughout the continent. The AEP will provide capital and mentorship for African entrepreneurs and young businesses, and give them opportunity to connect with potential investors.
The Duke of York’s commitment to entrepreneurship and enterprise development through his Pitch@Palace will provide support to the programme and will aim to strengthen ties with Africa. Paul Sinclair, Director of TGAIS, said: “The Programme is greatly honoured for The Duke of York’s commitment to support entrepreneurship in Africa.”
HRH, former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo and Mr Aliko Dangote, Africa’s most successful entrepreneur, will provide ongoing support for young businesses and entrepreneurs selected by the Programme.
“Africa is a continent of growth and home to the world’s youngest population. We are very pleased to support Africa’s growth and develop its workforce through the AEP,” said Olusegun Obasanjo.
This year, The Global African Investment Summit will facilitate a meeting between young AEP entrepreneurs and businesses in order to showcase their business ideas to potential investors. The top three most talented entrepreneurs will present their business proposals to an audience of potential investors, mentors and CEOs at a Pitch@Palace event in London on the 1st of December 2015.