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Youth Enterprise Acceleration
Awards - YEA

The Youth Enterprise Acceleration Awards (YEA) is a 9 months capacity building program that seeks to recognize youth-led businesses that are resilient, innovative, and actions oriented towards providing decent livelihoods for youth. It is a partnership between YouLead Africa and East African Business Council at regional level, and supported by the business community and the innovation ecosystem in each EAC country.

Awards will be given in two categories;

1

Innovative business ideas requiring startup capital

2

Existing businesses requiring scale-up capital

Why the Awards? COVID-19 DIMENSION

A study conducted in April 2020 by YouLead and its partners on COVID-19 and its impact on youth life in East Africa revealed 59% of the respondents had experienced severe negative impacts to their income

EVALUATION CRITERIA

Initiatives will be of interest if they demonstrate high potential of:

Strong alignment to and implementation of one or a set of Sustainable Development Goals especially SDG 8.

Promoting young women’s collaboration in cross-border trade and reduction of gender-based economic inequality against young women.

Promoting cross-border trade and regional integration especially through use of e-commerce platforms and emerging technologies.

WHAT YEA COVERS

MENTORSHIP

Through a one week bootcamp for awardees to refine their business & prepare for pitch

AWARD

Award funds as start up capital or acceleration capital

ROUND TRIP

All paid expenses round trip to and from Arusha, Tanzania for the business idea boot camp and YouLead Summit 2020

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES

Connect with other social innovators from across all 6 EAC Partner State during the boot camp, YouLead Summit and at the award dinner

YEA Process and Key Events

1ST OCTOBER 2021

Applications Open

15TH OCTOBER 2021

Applications Close

20TH OCTOBER 2021

Successful Ideas Be Announced

25TH -29TH OCTOBER 2021

Regional Business Idea Bootcamp For Selected Innovators Be Held - (Virtual Training)

02ND -05TH NOVEMBER 2021

Regional Business Idea Bootcamp For Selected Innovators Be Held - (In-campus Training)

09TH NOVEMBER 2021

Regional Enterprise Awards Be Given

THE YEA PROCESS PER COUNTRY

The United Republic of Tanzania

In Tanzania, the Youth Enterprise Acceleration Awards (YEA) are being delivered in partnership with Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture (TCCIA), Obuntu Hub, Ndoto Hub, and Ennovate Hub, with the responsibility of handling submission and selection process. The process is supported by a select of innovation hubs that are part of the innovation ecosystem in Tanzania by offering technical assistance for bootcamp designing, training and mentorship and later will offer follow support up services to the selected awardees.

Recognition will go to promising businesses that are resilient, innovative, and are simultaneously taking deliberate innovative actions towards providing decent livelihoods and confronting the most pressing issues of our region, such as youth unemployment. Preference will be given to; Innovative business ideas requiring patient/seed capital to test out new models.

YEA Partners in Tanzania

The Republic of Uganda

In Uganda, the Youth Enterprise Acceleration Program Awards (YEA) are being delivered in partnership with Private Sector Foundation Uganda PSFU. Stanbic Business Incubator with the responsibility of handling submission, selection process and technical expertise for business mentorship. The process is supported by a select of innovation hubs that are part of the innovation ecosystem in Uganda by offering technical assistance for bootcamp designing, training and mentorship and later will offer follow support up services to the selected awardees.

Recognition will go to promising businesses that are resilient, innovative, and are simultaneously taking deliberate innovative actions towards providing decent livelihoods and confronting the most pressing issues of our region, such as youth unemployment. Preference will be given to; Innovative business ideas requiring patient/seed capital to test out new models.

YEA Partners in Uganda

The Republic of Rwanda

In Rwanda, Youth Enterprise Acceleration Awards(YEA) are being delivered in partnership with Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali with the responsibility of handling submission and selection process. The process is supported by a select of innovation hubs that are part of the innovation ecosystem in Rwanda by offering technical assistance for bootcamp designing, training and mentorship and later will offer follow support up services to the selected awardees.

Recognition will go to promising businesses that are resilient, innovative, and are simultaneously taking deliberate innovative actions towards providing decent livelihoods and confronting the most pressing issues of our region, such as youth unemployment. Preference will be given to; Innovative business ideas requiring patient/seed capital to test out new models.

YEA Partners in Rwanda

The Republic of Kenya

In Kenya, Youth Enterprise Acceleration Awards(YEA) are being delivered directly by YouLead Secretariat and Nairobits, with the responsibility of handling submission and selection process. The process is supported by a select of innovation hubs that are part of the innovation ecosystem in Kenya by offering technical assistance for bootcamp designing, training and mentorship and later will offer follow support up services to the selected awardees.

Recognition will go to promising businesses that are resilient, innovative, and are simultaneously taking deliberate innovative actions towards providing decent livelihoods and confronting the most pressing issues of our region, such as youth unemployment. Preference will be given to; Innovative business ideas requiring patient/seed capital to test out new models.

YEA Partners in Kenya

The Republic of Burundi

In Burundi, Youth Enterprise Acceleration Awards(YEA) are being delivered in partnership with Burundi Business Incubator (BBIN), with the responsibility of handling submission and selection process. The process is supported by a select of innovation hubs that are part of the innovation ecosystem in Burundi by offering technical assistance for bootcamp designing, training and mentorship and later will offer follow support up services to the selected awardees.

Recognition will go to promising businesses that are resilient, innovative, and are simultaneously taking deliberate innovative actions towards providing decent livelihoods and confronting the most pressing issues of our region, such as youth unemployment. Preference will be given to; Innovative business ideas requiring patient/seed capital to test out new models.

YEA Partners in Burundi

The Republic of South Sudan

In South Sudan, Youth Enterprise Acceleration Awards(YEA) are being delivered in partnership with KONETA Hub, with the responsibility of handling submission and selection process. The process is supported by a select of innovation hubs that are part of the innovation ecosystem in South Sudan by offering technical assistance for bootcamp designing, training and mentorship and later will offer follow support up services to the selected awardees.

Recognition will go to promising businesses that are resilient, innovative, and are simultaneously taking deliberate innovative actions towards providing decent livelihoods and confronting the most pressing issues of our region, such as youth unemployment. Preference will be given to; Innovative business ideas requiring patient/seed capital to test out new models.

YEA Partners in South Sudan

HOW PARTNERS CAN GET INVOLVED

Institutional partners and individuals from across the region are welcome to support any of the three segments of YEA process, which are;

1

Support the in-country Youth Enterprise Awards Processes.

2

Support the one-week regional Boot Camp for 18 winners from the six EAC Partners States.

3

Support the YEA Gala night, to be held on Wednesday 25th of November 2020 in Arusha, Tanzania, as a fitting finale to the East Africa Under 40 Business Leaders’ Forum at YouLead Summit 2020..

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can Apply?

Young entrepreneurs between 18-35 years, who are citizens of the East African Community Partner States participating in the 2021 YEA awards, are strongly encouraged to apply.

Are submission being accepted from all EAC Partner States?

All eligible applicants from all EAC partner states are encouraged to apply. However, the list of participating countries may be updated from time to time all through the process depending on availability of funds..

How are submissions being received?

Each participating country has a unique context, with submissions being handled by YouLead partners in that country. Information on each country has been provided in the section below.
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YEA 2020 RECAP

Tanzania

5 Awardees
Awards Lumpsum: $10,000
The gender ratio of women to men was 2:3

Uganda

3 Awardees
Awards Lumpsum: $3,000
The gender ratio of women to men was 1:3

Rwanda

5 Awardees
Awards Lumpsum: $10,000
The gender ratio of women to men was 2:3

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P.O. Box 254,
Arusha, Tanzania.
Phone: +255 27 2541044/6/8 & 2541052
Fax: +255 27 2541044
Email: youlead@youlead.africa
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