Category: Young Entrepreneurship

The US-Africa Youth Entrepreneurship Summit (USAYES) is a 21st Century high-level powered entrepreneurship and innovation conference and exhibition annual prestigious and business networking platform designed to promote and facilitate connections between US and African Youth through trade and investment mainly in the areas of technology, agribusiness, and tourism. This Summit provides a platform for Youth Entrepreneurs both in US and Africa to share their respective entrepreneurship and innovative experiences thus allowing them to access into new US and African markets of products and services. The US Entrepreneurs will access to African huge market of 1.2 billion people, agricultural, natural resources, and human capital. African Entrepreneurs will access to the United States high technologies, capital, expertise, and mentorship. The Summit projects an attendance of over 1,000 participants from all US 50 States and 40 African Nations including Government delegations, Young US and African Leaders and Entrepreneurs, US Investors, Business Leaders, Technology Companies, Agricultural Companies, Energy Companies, Construction Companies, Tourism Companies, medias, Trade and Investment Promotion Agencies from more than 50 Countries. The summit will be held for two days of networking, exhibitions, mentorship, access to investors, match-making, market knowledge sharing, B2B, B2C, G2G meetings, and marketing.

The 2018 USAYES program will take place on July 12 – 13, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois under the theme “Empowering Youth, Promoting Investment in Technology, Agribusiness, and Tourism” and “The Future of US and African Economic Sustainable Development”. USAYES provides a platform to US and African Youth Entrepreneurs to access respective US and African markets through a one-stop centre, connect US Investors to African Young Entrepreneurs, US Export to African Markets, African Export to US Markets, Access to capital, Access to US Technologies, Access to various African products, etc. This Summit covers US – African 10 key strategic economic sectors that include Technology, Agribusiness, Tourism, Power, Construction, Education, Healthcare, Finance, Transportation, and Retail. The summit will have participation of over 100 speakers, over 200 exhibitors, and over 300 US Investors. 

The summit organizes bankable projects to investors Sessions, deal marketplace, exhibition and International pavilions, Workshop networking sessions, Technology Workshop Sessions, Agribusiness Workshop Sessions, Tourism Workshop Sessions, Country &  Sector Presentations, Roundtables, Investor’s Zone, Trade Expert Zone, Ministerial Roundtable, Awards Ceremony, and Red Carpet Service is provided. International & Country Pavilions USAYES 2018 showcasing companies, Trade and Investment Promotions Agencies, International Development Organisations (IDOs) from US, Africa, and International Organizations.

USAYES 2018 is organized by Africa Global Chamber of Commerce (AGCC) in collaboration with New York Business Consultants Academy, Rainbow Push Coalition, South Africa Ministry of Tourism, National Youth Development Agency of South Africa, South Africa General Consulate of Chicago, Embassy of the Republic of Niger, Embassy of the Democratic Republic of Congo to US, Embassy of Cote d’Ivoire to US, Egypt General Consulate of the Republic of Egypt, WGHC 98.3FM Radio, WVON 1690AM Radio, ABC 7 TV, SCORE Chicago, ACCION Chicago, 1877  Hub for Technology and Entrepreneurial Ecosystem, Northwestern University, DePaul University, University of Chicago, Google, Microsoft, Apple, MallforAfrica, The Tony Elumelu Foundation Entrepreneurship Hub, Global Solutions Outreach, Incorporated (GSOI), Loop Capital, Ariel Investment, Africa Trade & Investment Global Summit (ATIGS), US Small Business Administration, State of Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, Greater Southwest Development Corporation, Habona, Ltd, Globrock Financial Group, Cemeko Group, African Infrastructure Development Partnership (AFIDEP), Asoko Insight, Tropic Business Summit, and more.

Detailed information including registration is available on a dynamic and friendly website www.usafricayes.com.

For any questions, sponsorship, speaking engagement, exhibition opportunities, and advertising, feel free to contact info@africagcc.org.

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Timeline

  • September 13, 2017 Application opens
  • October 11, 2017 Application closes
  • January – February 2018 Semifinalists interviewed by local U.S. embassies and consulates
  • Late March 2018 Applicants are notified of their status
  • April – May 2018 Visa processing and Pre-Departure Orientations for finalists
  • June 2018 Fellowship begins in the United States

Selection Process

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is conducted as a merit-based open competition. After the deadline, all eligible applications will be reviewed by a selection panel. Chosen semifinalists will be interviewed by the U.S. embassies or consulates in their home countries. If selected for an interview, applicants must provide a copy of their passport (if available) or other government-issued photo identification to verify eligibility.

Who is eligible to apply?

Applicants will not be discriminated against on the basis of race, color, gender, religion, socio-economic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. The Mandela Washington Fellowship is open to young African leaders who meet the following criteria:

  • Are between the ages of 25 and 35 at the time of application submission, although exceptional applicants younger than 25 will be considered.
  • Are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the U.S.
  • Are eligible to receive a United States J-1 visa.
  • Are proficient in reading, writing, and speaking English.
  • Are citizens and residents of one of the following countries: Angola, Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Cabo Verde, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Republic of the Congo, Cote d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Gabon, The Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Sao Tome and Principe, Senegal, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sudan, Swaziland, Tanzania, Togo, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

The U.S. Department of State and IREX reserve the right to verify all of the information included in the application. In the event that there is a discrepancy, or information is found to be false, the application will immediately be declared invalid and the applicant ineligible.

Applications not meeting the above technical eligibility requirements will not be forwarded to the selection committee. If you do not meet the technical eligibility requirements for this program, we invite you to visit exchanges.state.gov for information on other U.S. Department of State exchange opportunities.

What are the criteria for selection?

Selection panels will use the following criteria to evaluate applications (not in order of importance):

  • A proven record of leadership and accomplishment in public service, business and entrepreneurship, or civic engagement.
  • A demonstrated commitment to public or community service, volunteerism, or mentorship.
  • The ability to work cooperatively in diverse groups and respect the opinions of others.
  • Strong social and communication skills.
  • An energetic, positive attitude.
  • Demonstrated knowledge, interest and professional experience in the sector/track selected.
  • A commitment to return to Africa and apply leadership skills and training to benefit the applicant’s country and/or community after they return home.

Application Information

The application will collect basic information and will include questions regarding the applicant’s professional and academic experience, including educational background; honors and awards received; extracurricular and volunteer activities; and English language proficiency. We will also request a résumé (with dated educational and professional background), and personal information (name, address, phone, email, country of citizenship). Additional elements, such as letters of recommendation or university transcripts, are OPTIONAL and may supplement your application.

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