Meet the 2016 USADF Business Plan Winners for Youth Entrepreneurship. These winners represent 22 countries and sectors ranging from agriculture and health to finance and tech. 

Meet the 2016 USADF Business Plan Winners for Youth Entrepreneurship. These winners represent 22 countries and sectors ranging from agriculture and health to finance and tech. 

Investing in Africa's Next generation of youth-led enterprises

Since 2014, USADF has directly supported over 100 youth entrepreneurs in 30 countries, providing them with over $3 million of grant funding to launch and expand their businesses across Africa.  These businessmen and women are working across sectors, from health and education, to IT and agribusiness to sell goods and services, create jobs, train youth, and increase incomes.  As winners of our business plan competitions, they are eligible for Youth Entrepreneurship Grants of $10K to $25K each.

To download our Youth-Led Enterprises investment portfolio, click here.

USADF & CITI Foundation Youth Entrepreneurship East Africa Winner Yvette Ishimwe of IRIBA, Rwanda

USADF & CITI Foundation Youth Entrepreneurship East Africa Winner Yvette Ishimwe of IRIBA, Rwanda

“Investing in young African entrepreneurs like myself is transformative because it enables us to create real solutions that are more relevant to our community problems. And it equips Africa with more empowered people who are ready to tackle its challenges, use effectively its available resources and opportunities; and hence a brighter future for our continent.” - Yvette Ishimwe

 

Past Fellows

Selected from nearly 50,000 applications in 2014 and nearly 30,000 in 2015, the Mandela Washington Fellows represent the extraordinary promise of an emerging generation of entrepreneurs, activists, and public officials. USADF has awarded $1.9M in grant funding to 75 entrepreneurs selected from the 2014 and 2015 classes of Mandela Washington Fellows, a program to train, encourage, and connect exceptional young African leaders in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors.  The winners of USADF’s business plan competitions are each putting their grants of up to $25K to use in their social and business ventures -- by creating jobs, increasing incomes, and tackling challenges in their communities and countries.

Meet some of our 2015 YALI Entrepreneurs:

Links

  • 2016 Youth Entrepreneurs Fact Sheet here
  • 2015 Youth Entrepreneurs Fact Sheet here
  • 2014 Youth Entrepreneurs Fact Sheet here
  • 2014 Youth Grant Winner Videos here