Applications for the inaugural student entrepreneurship week open

May 9, 2019 • Education, Startups

Applications for the inaugural student entrepreneurship week open

The inaugural edition of Student Entrepreneurship Week brings together some of the brightest trainers and entrepreneurs from Ghana, Nigeria, Silicon Valley, and the U.K.

SFAN (Stars From All Nations) has announced the launch of the inaugural Student Entrepreneurship Week for budding entrepreneurs on the continent.

Africa is the youngest continent in the world with about 60 per cent of its population under the age of 35. Nevertheless, despite the demographic dividends of a young and educated workforce, unemployment has remained a major challenge – with close to 50 per cent of all college and university graduates lacking access to sustainable employment. Experts have said that youth entrepreneurship is one of the definitive steps in tackling the economic crisis of unemployment in Africa. However, it is estimated that 90 per cent of all African startups fail within 3 years.

Student Entrepreneurship Week Pan-Africa is an initiative of SFAN (Stars From All Nations) established to help budding entrepreneurs access actionable, experiential knowledge and tools for building sustainable businesses. The event also creates platforms for: Showcasing undiscovered talents, quality networking, and startup funding.

The maiden edition was held at British Council Accra with over 400 participants, with speakers coming from Silicon Valley, the U.K, Nigeria, and Ghana. This Pan-African edition is organised on the theme “unlocking entrepreneurial potentials of young Africans for job creation,” and is in line with the UN Sustainable Development Goals 1, 4 and 8.

“We are excited to create an experiential learning event that will help high potential creators and innovators on the continent launch their businesses and raise startup funding. We are also thrilled to be launching the Student Entrepreneur of the Year Award which will recognize the work of select young innovators on the continent. This is the first Student Entrepreneurship Week Pan-Africa and as per usual with SFAN events we have a remarkable lineup of speakers, and participants will have the opportunity to pitch their businesses to investors for funding.” says Tom-Chris Emewulu, Founder & President of SFAN.

As you learn how to create a real company and build a career, you will meet the very best mentors, investors, startup entrepreneurs, corporate professionals, diplomats, and community leaders who are ready to help you get started. This is where you belong, start your application now!

Applications are open until June 30, 2019. To apply, visit

IT News Africa will host the fourth edition of the Education Innovation Summit set to take place on the 29th May 2019, at the Hilton Hotel, Sandton.

The event will focus on exploring emerging educational technology trends and aims to provide solutions to technology challenges within education. Under the theme “Reshaping Education for a Tech-Driven Future” the summit will bring together local and international experts, policy makers, academics, service providers and EduTech specialists- all sharing their expertise and experiences with emerging technologies in the education sector.

Ways to participate:

1. To register visit:
2. To sponsor or exhibit your education technology solutions at the summit visit:
3. To speak at the conference send an email to

Virginia Motsepe
Conference Producer
Education Innovation Summit
[t]: 011 026 0982

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