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The Duke of York, Prince Andrew, has confirmed his support for the African Entrepreneurship Programme whose patrons are former President Olusegun Obasanjo and Mr. Aliko Dangote.
The AEP is a new initiative of The Global African Investment Summit, which will be held in London in December 2015, according to a statement on Monday.
The statement added that the AEP would support African entrepreneurs and young businesses seeking expansion capital to realise their investment objectives by giving them the opportunity to present and connect with financial stakeholders.
The statement said Prince Andrew’s commitment to entrepreneurship and enterprise development through his ‘Pitch@Palace’ initiative and his patronage of the AEP would provide valuable support to the continent and strengthen ties with Africa.
Much of Prince Andrew’s work is said to be focused on supporting young entrepreneurs and developing a culture of enterprise and entrepreneurship.
According to the statement, Prince Andrew has long recognised the potential of African economies in a changing and highly competitive global market and shown his commitment to support and raise the profile of high-potential businesses and entrepreneurs.
The Director of The Global African Investment Summit, Paul Sinclairtown, was quoted as saying, “The programme is greatly honoured for HRH Prince Andrew’s commitment to supporting entrepreneurship in Africa and his acceptance to be a patron of the African Entrepreneurship Programme.”
Under Amdrew, Obasanjo and Dangote’s patronage, the AEP will provide ongoing support for young businesses and entrepreneurs selected by the programme. The top three most talented entrepreneurs will present their business proposals to potential investors at the TGAIS.
The Olusegun Obasanjo Foundation will support the AEP by identifying and creating new and innovative business ventures and remunerative employment opportunities, the statement said.
Obasanjo, was quoted as saying, “Africa is a continent of growth and home to the world’s youngest population. We are very pleased to support Africa’s growth and develop its workforce capacity through the AEP.”
According to the statement, Dangote, Africa’s most successful businessman and largest philanthropist, is seen by the continent’s young and aspirant entrepreneurs as a role model and mentor.
He actively promotes entrepreneurship and development of young businesses in Africa.
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