The potential of Africa’s youth.
Definition: possibility for achievement
As a team of creative individuals driven by our passion for Africa and the belief that a strong private sector is the key to realizing Africa’s economic potential, we see the possibilities for achievement in the youth.
Our inspiration starts with the potential of the youth, their creativity, ambition and tenacity are critical qualities in reaching success. We dream of the promise in our students and the impact that it will have on themselves, their communities, and Africa. We look for those who are willing to make it happen and persist in making it happen.
The educational systems of many African countries encourage rote memorization of abstract theories and stifle creative thinking among students, compromising their creativity, ability to apply theory into practice and realize the rewards of independent thinking and hard work.
By creating an environment for the youth to nurture their creative instincts, develop business acumen, we are inspired to find ways to fulfill their entrepreneurial potential!
In 2012 IYEA launched our pilot program.
In 2012, we ran a hugely successful entrepreneurship training program for 29 students. The program received overwhelming community support through sponsorship by AIAT, and local and international expert mentors and subject matter expert guest speakers. We garnered great attention from the press.
The program was focused teaching business concepts and applying theory into practice through creating business teams who were required to develop an idea and build a business pitch.
Realizing reward for hard work is part of the entrepreneur’s reality. At the end of the program, a judging panel from the various teams and reward members of the winning project with a business consultant and $1,500 seed capital to realize their business goals
In 2014, IYEA will run two programs concurrently.
1. The first program will build on the success in 2013. With sponsorship and community support, we hope to train 120 – 150 students
2. The second program is a new initiative. In the first half of 2013, we realized we had some students who were eager to explore entrepreneurship in the arts. 2014 we will provide this experience for them.
OUR FUTURE -
Our successes so far is only the beginning of a long march towards our vision – for IYEA to inspire Africa’s youth and spark their entrepreneurial talents to create businesses that solve Africa’s problems and drive the continent forward.
Within the next year we plan to take our first steps outside Swaziland, into Mozambique, Rwanda and Zimbabwe.
In five years, we will launch five learning centres across Africa, from which IYEA will run. We will also begin to tap into the strength of our growing alumni network across the continent and begin the beginning of our international collaboration
Within a decade, we will realize our ambition and see successful businesses across Africa set up by these young entrepreneurs.
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