The Africa Young Entrepreneur (AYE) has announced the commencement of the 2017 edition of Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Nigeria (AYEEN) project.
The president Mr. Summy Smart Francis disclosed this at a press conference with newsmen in Lagos on friday.
The conference also flagged off the partnership between AYE and Airopay.
Francis stated that this year edition will be very innovative and highly engaging, with more beneficiaries to be empowered.
According to him, the organization which can boast of over 12.6 million members across 20 countries including the United States of America and Britain is dedicated to supporting the growth of entrepreneur in the Africa.
Francis expressed satisfaction on the success of AYEEN2016. According to him, over five thousand young entrepreneurs pitched their various business ideals to Nigerian and foreign expert. Five hundred existing and startup entrepreneurs became beneficiaries and were with grants, business training, equipment and mentorship.
“We support entrepreneur by helping them with grant, specialized skills training, mentorship and training. This has helped many of them to break free from the initial teething problems of startups and gave them the confidence to take that leap to business success”. he said.
He, however, called on the government to support entrepreneurship organisations with good track records.
In his address, AYE National Head, Mr. Olubunmi Oluwadare expressed dissatisfaction on government response towards entrepreneurs. He advised the government to create an enabling infrastructural program for entrepreneurs while urging banks to grant loans with less complicating procedures.
“An average Nigerian man or woman has an entrepreneurship zeal, and this the first attribute of an entrepreneur. If you go to the street you will a lot of people selling pure water running after fifty naira. This shows that the spirit is there already.
In Bornu State, the youth that ought to be empowered, are now empowering themselves to fight the government. Therefore government should create and enabling environment put infrastructure in place and creates a policy. Also the bank which is the engine room of building an entrepreneur should be restructured”.
The Chief Executive Officer of Airopay, (online financial transactions to uplift the businesses of the continent’s young entrepreneurs) Mr. Charles Oyakhilome John stated that his partnership with AYE is aimed at increasing the working power of AYE to impact more lives.