UNDP and Accenture launch digital pan-African platform for entrepreneurs

19948521545 14525044f9 zUsers can interact on the platform, leveraging features such as learning, an ecosystem map, and information around opportunities for funding youth development. (Image source: MEAACT Kenya/Flickr)The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Accenture have announced the launch of YAS! (Youth for Africa and Sustainable Development Goals), a pan-African entrepreneurship portal-platform

The portal-platform aims to address four main pillars of the entrepreneurship ecosystem: information, mentorship, funding and network.

The activation, which will take place on 10-11 December 2018, in Lagos, will be a two-day programme, where entrepreneurs, mentors, investors, corporates and donors will discuss entrepreneurial topics, attend workshops and network.

UNDP’s Regional Director Lamin Momodou Manneh said, “Africa’s entrepreneurial space is advancing rapidly, however, success stories are often isolated and commonly found only on the national or regional level.”

“In North and West Africa, Nigeria and Egypt are taking a lead role while other localities remain marginalised. YAS! will help to scale these efforts across the region and the entire continent to improve on the individual achievements and make them collective,” he added.

YAS! is an initiative of UNDP, developed by its Regional Service Centre for Africa (RSCA) and powered by Accenture that aims to connect entrepreneurs to the resources they need to develop and grow their ideas or businesses.

Users can interact on the platform, leveraging features such as learning, an ecosystem map, and information around opportunities for funding youth development.

“Youth entrepreneurship is very important to the growth of the African economies. The more youth are empowered to create sustainable businesses, the more jobs are created. The YAS! platform is committed to empowering youth with skills, funding and mentorship support to help them grow and scale.” Rory Moore, liquid studio director and innovation lead of Accenture Africa.

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