The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) have launched\u00a0the\u00a0TEF \u2013 UNDP Youth\u00a0Entrepreneurship\u00a0Programme\u00a0to empower an additional 100,000 young African entrepreneurs over the next 10 years with seed capital, business management training and mentoring. This Programme is borne out of the Foundation\u2019s tried and tested approach to philanthropy which prioritises African entrepreneurs as the key enablers of economic development. The first phase of this\u00a0partnership\u00a0titled the \u201cTEF-UNDP Sahel Youth Entrepreneurship Programme\u201d will be implemented this year (2019) and will empower\u00a02,000 entrepreneurs\u00a0from the following countries in the\u00a0Sahel\u00a0and Lake Chad region: Burkina Faso, Cameroun, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, and Nigeria. We have prepared responses to your \u201cFrequently Asked Questions\u201d (FAQs) for additional clarification: FAQs 1.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0What is the TEF-UNDP\u00a0Youth Entrepreneurship Programme? The TEF-UNDP Youth Entrepreneurship Programme is a partnership between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) to empower 100,000 additional entrepreneurs over 10 years from\u00a0across the African continent. 2.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0Is this different from the\u00a0ongoing\u00a0Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Programme\u00a0launched in 2015? Yes, it is different.\u00a0The Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Programme is the Foundation\u2019s US$100m\u00a0flagship\u00a0initiative launched in 2015\u00a0to mentor, train and\u00a0fund\u00a010,000 African entrepreneurs\u00a0over\u00a010 years. This\u00a0Programme is currently in\u00a0its\u00a0fifth year\u00a0and has empowered over 7,500 entrepreneurs across\u00a0all\u00a054 African countries to date. 3.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0For the pilot phase of the TEF-UNDP Partnership titled \u201cUNDP-TEF Sahel Youth Entrepreneurship Programme\u201d what are the criteria for applying? You must be an African entrepreneur residing in any of these\u00a0listed countries\u00a0in the Sahel and Lake Chad region: Nigeria, Niger, Chad, Cameroun, Mauritania, Mali and Burkina Faso.\u00a0Your business must not be more than\u00a03yearsinexistence. Businesses at the idea\/concept\u00a0stage are\u00a0also\u00a0encouraged. 4.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0Is eligibility for subsequent years going to be the same as 2019? No. The focus on Sahel countries is only for the pilot phase where an initial group of 2,000 entrepreneurs\u00a0from the Sahel and Lake Chad region\u00a0will be empowered. 5.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0Can I apply if I am a previous beneficiary of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme?\u00a0 No, you cannot apply if you have been a beneficiary of the TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. This is open to entrepreneurswho have not been beneficiaries of our entrepreneurship programme. 6.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0What will African entrepreneurs gain from the Programme?\u00a0 African entrepreneurs will\u00a0gainnon-refundable seed capital, access to a 12-week business training and mentoring. They will also receive visibility and numerous business networking opportunities.\u00a0 7.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0When is the application deadline for the 2019 application window?\u00a0 The deadline for the 2019 applications is August 5, 2019. 8.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0Where can entrepreneurs apply? The applications will be run on\u00a0TEFConnect,\u00a0the largest digital networking platform for African entrepreneurs. Interested entrepreneurs can apply on\u00a0www.tefconnect.com\u00a0or visit the nearest United Bank for Africa (UBA) branch in your country. \u00a0 9.\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0\u00a0Where can I find out more information? Visit TEF website:\u00a0www.tonyelumelufoundation.org, our social media pages or visit TEFConnect on\u00a0www.tefconnect.com.