START-UP/INNOVATE AFRICA PROGRAM

There has never been more important time to engage young people in Africa, to empower them to learn, outside the school curriculum, about businesses and how they are built than now. Africa has the world’s largest young population of 1.1 billion. Getting this youth population to convert from demographic statistics to an economic force is of course a function of level of investment and the momentum of development initiatives that can translate into jobs for the youth. Despite some modest success in job creation initiatives in some few African countries, youth unemployment has recently emerged as a major challenge of most African countries. As countries across the continent struggle to meet the youth employment challenge, the importance of fostering a next generation of entrepreneurs – both job creators and entrepreneurial employees – is particularly salient. READ MORE>