APPLY: Tony Elumelu Foundation Women Entrepreneurship For Africa (WE4A)


The “Women Entrepreneurship for Africa” (WE4A) program is an action jointly supported by the European Union (EU).

APPLY: Tony Elumelu Foundation Women Entrepreneurship For Africa (WE4A)
TEF Female Participant

Other support groups are: the Organisation of African, Caribbean and Pacific States (OACPS) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and implemented by the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF), and the German Development agency GIZ (E4D program).

It is focused on empowering underserved communities in Sub-Saharan Africa comprising of women, youth, and the informal sector. 

The Acceleration/Growth Programme will be implemented with support of SAFEEM (Swiss Association for Entrepreneurship in Emerging Markets).

Key Objective

To improve the business capacity of women-led enterprises and increase their chances of raising follow-on funding from private sector investors.


• €10,000 in grant funding to 120 women entrepreneurs from the TEF alumni network.

• 3 Months of technical support through a virtual acceleration program.

• Up to €50,000 additional grant funding for up to 15 enterprises with high-growth potential.


• Who is eligible?

Female entrepreneurs from the TEF Alumni network.

Why do I need to be an Alumni of TEF to be a part of the program?

TEF is the sourcing partner for this program and will only source female entrepreneurs from their network.

• What stage should my start-up be to qualify for the program?

You should have a working product and ideally already have customers.

• Does my start-up need to leverage technology to qualify for the program, if so what technology?

No, the program is open to businesses operating across all business sectors.

• Once applications are closed, how long will the selection process take?

6 to 8 weeks.

• How will I know if I have been accepted to the program?

The execution partners will inform you via email if you have been accepted to the program.

Please make sure to regularly check your emails and spam folder.

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