Africa is a young continent where nearly 60% of the population is under the age of 25, and this is projected to increase by 50% in 2050. The youth bulge implies that more jobs need to be created to meet the growing population. The staggering unemployment rate among graduates on the continent is a call for concern. It highlights the need for the training of more entrepreneurs to create jobs and close the unemployment gap. It is with this concern that the Leaders of Africa has opened applications for the 2020 Afro-centric Startup Short Course to train the next generation of ethical and innovative entrepreneurs to transform and revitalize the economy.
The Afro-centric Startup course is a six-week course to equip participants with the fundamental tools and practical skills to unleash their business ideas and transform them into successful businesses. The course will focus on the application of lean startup techniques for transforming your idea into a viable product or service that addresses societal needs. The course also guides you through the process of creating a product brand that lasts, developing a minimum viable product, discovering customers, and pitching your ideas to potential investors to attract funds for your business.
Through the course, you will be provided with the necessary skills and abilities needed to launch a successful startup. You will learn from the stories and experiences of seasoned and successful startups whose products and services have had a tremendous impact on society in Africa.
Participants will be engaged in coming up with a problem and solutions (problem identification, evaluation of the problem, and generation of potential solutions), developing a market fit product, and a plan to engage and manage customers through sales and marketing. The focus is on ensuring that the solutions can generate revenue streams, including fundraising. This is driven by laying down plans for operations and management of your team to carry out your product or service vision. The course guides you through all of this planning with in-depth feedback on your vision.
The course will meet once a week in the Cloud Classroom using the Zoom platform and will be taught by qualified instructors with an entrepreneurial background. One of the features of the course is the relationship you develop with your instructors. In addition to course meetings, you meet one-on-one with your instructors and receive feedback on all of the assignments associated with the course. The Leaders of Africa Institutes believes in personalized mentorship, so this is a central feature of our approach to teaching and learning in the course.
To participate in the 2020 Afro-centric Startup Short Course, there is a required application. The application allows the instructors to discover your needs and ensure that participants are a good fit for the course. There are some things to think about as you complete your application:
- Check your eligibility: You must be Africa-based and have completed at least secondary education. This means you must be presently living in an African country to apply.
- Submit your preliminary Business Concept: You must share an original Business Concept in 1,000 words or less, which identifies a potential business opportunity or problem you would like to address. You should share your plans to address the problem and provide a convincing story on how your proposed business idea will promote equity, social justice, and benefit your community.
- Submit your detailed curriculum vitae/resume: Your curriculum vitae should include your educational background and recent work experience and relevant skills.
All of the application materials can be submitted through the Leaders of Africa Institute’s Application Portal.
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