Emmanuel Hove Mhike
A young Zvishavane entrepreneur Ngonidzashe Sharara(27) is among the beneficiaries of the 2021 Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) entrepreneurship program. Beneficiaries were selected from a pool of over 400 000 applicants from the continent.
In an interview with this reporter, Sharara did not hide his excitement in light of this noble achievement.
“I’m so excited to be one of the beneficiaries of the reputable TEF Foundation. My unique and innovative company is called Cre8 Hub. It is a digital media organization based in Zvishavane which focuses on virtual reality and Double conversations and are hosted by the vibrant Deliwe Ropafadzo Mhaka,” he said.
Besides getting the grant, Sharara also expressed gratitude in receiving Business management mentorship and networking training from TEF. He said the training is vital in how he is going to use the seed grant capital.
“On top of the grant, I also received training in business management and networking which will help me in sustainably using this seed capital for virtual reality and Double conversations intiatives,” he said.
However, Sharara bemoans internet and Information access challenges which usually lead to missing such opportunities by so many young people in his locality.
“Lack of access to information and internet keep many youths in my community unaware of life changing and real youth empowerment opportunities like TEF,” said Sharara.
In a statement, TEF founder Tony O Elumelu said Africa’s future lies in the hands of Youths and he was impressed by the increase of female representation in the program.
“To you young entrepreneurs, the future of our continent lies in your hands. I am also happy that our female entrepreneurs are doing well with 68% representation (of beneficiaries) this year. Applications for the 2022 TEF entrepreneurship program are now open on www.tefconnect.com,” he said in the statement.
The Tony Elumelu Foundation is a leading champion of entrepreneurship on the African continent. Besides providing non-refundable seed capital, TEF also provides business management training, mentorship and networking to participants. During the application window, around 500 000 applicants from the continent send in their business ideas for consideration to TEF every year.