Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Founder, Tony Elumelu (middle).
Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Founder, Tony Elumelu (middle)

Google, Tony Elumelu Foundation To Give 1 Million Africans Fellowship

Google, an American multinational tech company, has teamed up with the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) to launch the Fellowship, which will give one million Africans access to a platform that will help them grow their businesses.


TEFConnect will be the name of the platform, which will provide small businesses with market partnerships, access to mentors, investors, and customised tools.

TEF and Google announced that nine full-time Google employees will collaborate with TEF to design and build an upgraded version of the TEFConnect platform, with the partnership bringing new opportunities to Africa’s digital community.

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Jen Carter,’s Global Head of Technology, expressed her delight at the opportunity to bring the fellowship to Africa for the first time, as well as the possibilities it opens up for the tech landscape.

“The Tony Elumelu Foundation does so much to empower African entrepreneurs, and we’re excited to be able to use Googlers’ expertise to help expand the TEFConnect platform’s reach to an additional 1 million entrepreneurs.”

“Google’s commitment to Africa has evolved from project sponsorship to collaborative partnerships with established African organisations such as the Tony Elumelu Foundation, which focuses on the development of young African talent.

“African entrepreneurs are in a prime position to establish a powerful digital footprint as Africa’s digital economy grows, and this fellowship is one step closer to changing the landscape,” Carter said.

Dr. Awele Elumelu, TEF’s co-founder, expressed her delight at the partnership and the opportunities it will provide for young African entrepreneurs.

“We’re excited to continue to share our unique ability and platform to identify, train, mentor, and fund young African entrepreneurs with like-minded institutions like, who share our commitment to empowering young African entrepreneurs.”

“It will be exciting to see how the refreshed TEFConnect platform will continue to provide a space for African entrepreneurs’ growth, personal development, and meaningful exchange.” We believe that entrepreneurs are the catalyst for the social and economic development of the African continent, in line with our founding philosophy of Africapitalism,” Elumelu said.

Key Point.

  • 1 million Africans to get access to Fellowship
  • Tony Elumelu Foundation partner Google
  • TEFConnect will be the name of the platform
  • Nine full-time Google employees to design and build an upgraded version of the TEFConnect platform

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