YALI Alumni Innovation Fund 2nd Call: Providing Essential Seed Capital and Technical Assistance to Young African Leaders


The Young African Leadership Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center, West Africa, Accra has announced the 2nd Call for the ‘YALI Alumni Innovation Fund’ (YAIF) to provide the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs in West Africa with seed capital for competitively selected young African entrepreneurs.

YALI RLCs are empowering young people through academic coursework, leadership training, mentoring, and networking. Additionally, selected YALI Alumni in West Africa have this opportunity to qualify for YALI Alumni Innovation Fund (YAIF) to start-up and expand their ventures.

The goal of the YAIF Fund is to provide essential seed capital and technical assistance to young African leaders under the age of 40. This support will enable investments in promising enterprises, thereby fostering opportunity and development in Africa.


  • Selecting and funding young African leaders to launch or expand their revenue-generating ventures; and
  • Linking young leaders with business development partners to facilitate mentoring, provide professional advice and technical know-how, and improve business outcomes
    • Applicant must be under 40 years old by date of submission.
    • The applicant must live and work in one of the following 9 countries: Togo, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, The Gambia, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Cameroon, Sierra Leone.
    • Additionally, the businesses and social ventures must be 100 percent African-owned and managed, and based in and operating (in one of the countries listed above) where the applicant also lives and works.
    • Applicants must be the founder and/or one of the lead principals in the enterprise that he or she is proposing for grant funding. Each applicant may only submit one proposal.
    • YAIF Grant competition will only consider individuals launching or expanding a business or social venture that is operating in good standing with the local and national governments and is adhering to other common international standards.
    • YALI will not award Entrepreneurship Grant funding to:
      • Government entities
      • Companies or organizations where the YALI RLC participant is not a principal or owner;
      • Companies or organizations that are not 100% African-owned and managed;
      • Ventures sponsoring terrorism, and or the production and promotion of alcoholic beverages, gambling facilities, firearms, nor other commodities not making a positive contribution to development


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