Zimbabwean born mathematician and author, Edzai Conilias Zvobwo, affectionately known as “The MathsGenius” has been selected as one of the 1 250 entrepreneurs to attend the prestigious Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) programme.
Zvobwo made the cut out of 150,000 Applicants from 114 countries globally who had applied for the 4th cycle of The Tony Elumelu Foundation’s TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. Zwobwo is entitled to $ 10 000 and has opportunities and stand a chance to qualify for venture capital amounting to $ 300 000.
Speaking to Sandton24 on Friday, Edzai Zvobwo said, ” This is a great opportunity for me and I am very excited to be part of this prestigious programme. I take the selection as a validation of the social entreprise that I am doing. At times during my discharge of duty, I meet challenges and naturally may get a little disappointed but it is recognition like these that makes me believe I am on the right track towards growing the enterprise and empowering communities to be able to scientifically and mathematically address social ills.”
Edzai Zvobwo is running a social entreprise that is focused in educational technology.
“I am also grateful that I will now be part of a network of more than 4 000 entrepreneurs who have gone through the programme. I will be able to continuously share best business practices within the network towards honing my skills and enhancing my knowlege.” Edzai Zvobwo said.
Tony Elumelu, a Nigerian business tycoon has committed to empowering African small business people through his ideology called africapitalism. Africapitalism is an economic philosophy that is predicated on the belief that Africa’s private sector can and must play a leading role in the continent’s development.
The 2018 cohort includes an additional 250 entrepreneurs to the standard selection of 1,000 – thanks to a $ 1,000,000 partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to support 200 entrepreneurs in conflict and fragile zones of Nigeria (the North East where the Boko Haram scourge is felt and the Niger Delta region which suffers environmental degradation from oil spillage) a $ 200,000 agreement with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to support 40 pan-African entrepreneurs and a $ 50,000 partnership with Indorama to support 10 Nigerians.
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