Africa Development Program
The Africa Development Program (ADP) is an initiative of the Social Entrepreneurship Incubation Program. The aim of the program is to contribute to the development of an ecosystem around social entrepreneurs and impact oriented businesses in Africa.
Who should be able to join the ADP?
- African students of the SEMA program of Tallinn University
- Any other SE/entrepreneurs anywhere wishing to build an Africa focussed business or establish a business in Africa.
What kind of start-ups can join?
- Businesses in the idea stages wishing to go from idea to market
- Early stage Start-ups looking to overcome teething challenges
- Start-ups looking to scale
What’s the Duration of the program?
6 months incubation program. By the 6th month, the project should be complete – based on the initial agreement with the incubatees.
Key Activities in the ADP
- Induction Program and Exit/Graduation Program. A proper induction program to formally welcome new incubatees and to discuss the offerings of the program. The exit program will be like a formal graduation coinciding with the Endpoint showcase (see below)
- Business Coaching and Mentoring. (Frequency will based on the kind of start-up and the level of support entrepreneurs indicate will be needed). We suggest we have 3 tiers of support for incubatees and a general service for beyond the incubation program
o Singular coaching and mentoring Sessions at 15 Euros per session
o Comprehensive Package (18- 20 sessions in 6 months) 180 Euros payable at the start of the program or 3 instalments payable at the start of each term.
o Intermediate Package (10 -12 sessions in 6 months) 120 Euros payable at the start of the program or 2 instalments payable at the start of each term
o Light Package ( 6-8 Sessions in 6 months) 100 Euros payable at the start of the program or 2 instalments payable at the start of each term.
o General post incubation mentoring to be paid for on an ongoing basis at 25 Euros per session.
o Incubatees on the block booking packages have access to all other incubation activities for free. Others will buying tickets for events at 15 Euros per ticket.
Webinar Masterclasses. (2 hour sessions addressing niche areas of focus as incubatees and their enterprises need and will led by experts in the field).
- Fireside Chats with Industry Players and Experts. (with the opportunity to have small breakouts and 1-1s with the industry experts). 1 fireside chat a quarter or 2 session within any given program.
- Enterprise Showcase. Midpoint showcase (3 months into the program) and Endpoint show case (in the final week of the program to also mark the exit of these entreprenuers from the program)
Subscription based on the purchase of block mentoring and coaching package AND unit sales of the same service and of tickets to masterclasses and fireside chats.
Seth is an urban and development sociologist. He has been involved in many non-profit and social enterprises that work towards ensuring positive social change especially in Anglophone West Africa. He has worked with Wechiau Community Library (WCL), a first social enterprise which uses mobile library and offline digital learning platforms in Northern Ghana to promote reading in rural areas. He has also worked with MTÜ MONDO, an Estonian development NGO operating in Africa (including Ghana), Europe and Asia.
Seth is a PhD Sociology candidate at the School of Governance, Law and Society at Tallinn University in Estonia. His PhD research focuses on the intersection between NGO activities and social enterprise in reducing poverty in West Africa. He is the leader of the West Africa Development Program under the MA Social Entrepreneurship program of Tallinn
Dr. Adeyinka Adewale
Dr. Adeyinka Adewale is a Lecturer in Organisational Behaviour and is also the Deputy Director of Studies in the department of Leadership Organisations and Behaviour at the Henley Business School. He holds a doctorate degree in Leadership, Organisations and Behaviour with his research interests primarily on the African context. More specifically his research focuses on themes around entrepreneurship, leadership and ethics. He regularly gives talks and facilitates seminars with private and public sector audiences in Europe, Africa, Asia and the United States. He also serves on the board of fast growing start-ups in Africa. Adeyinka regularly publishes and reviews for top management journals and publishing houses.
Our African projects:
Tolulope Kilanko (Nigeria)
Tolulope has background in Urban Planning and currently studying Masters in Social Entrepreneurship at Tallinn University. A co-founder at Avena Games a Nigerian mobile games development company with skills developed in 3d modeling, animation, project management, entrepreneurship, 3d design, marketing and software development life-cycle management.
His passion includes humanitarian activities, environmental protection and educational empowerment. He believes is using technology to solve educational problems in a fun and engaging. As a social entrepreneur, he is currently exploring sustainable and creative ways to make learning more fun for kids in selected countries in West Africa through technology.
Tolulope's project is focused on solving educational problems through technology. The aim is to build toys that will help kids (‘in school kids’ and ‘out of school kids’) to learn in their native language. The toys would focus on subject-specific learning topics and allow the user to have sound knowledge of selected topics. Topics could be Biology, Geography, Space Science, etc. Kids would interact with it by pressing buttons and listening to the pre-recorded narration in both native languages and some cases interactive quizzes. The broader target market includes countries with high illiteracy rates in Africa and the Middle East, however, to start we would be focus on just 3 countries(Nigeria, Gambia, and Kenya) and 5 native languages. The goal is to make learning easier for these kids, even those who have never been inside a classroom. To improve their numeracy and literacy skills and bridge the inequality gap in learning which exists in the target locations.
Lily Agyare (Ghana)
Lily is a dedicated lover of volunteerism. She is a certified and recognised Sign Language interpreter by the Ghana National Association of the Deaf (GNAD).
She has been interpreting for the hearing impaired since 2009 in churches, hospitals, job interviews, and other social functions. Her passion for this voluntary activity made her take Sign Language studies as one of her subjects her undergraduate study.
Lily is currently enrolled in a Master of Social Entrepreneurship program at Tallinn University, Estonia.
Lily is a co-founder of Urban Sense, a Ghanaian social enterprise engaged in disability interest in urban areas. Her social enterprise is based on using skills transfer through technical and vocational training to empower people living with hearing impairment.
Okeleye Solomon (Nigeria)
Solomon is a business enthusiast and a social entrepreneur. His experience cut across leadership and business management sphere.
He's been involved in a number of innovative business solutions in Africa and the world at large including "Skydah Networks" a security and identity solution. His famous natural cosmetics brand "Tropics" is well embraced in Georgia and the Caucasus region, providing his viability in the production sector.
His passion for humanity birthed "StreeTreasures" a social enterprise combating the menace of child streetism in Nigeria one at a time.
Solomon is a graduate of Business Management (BA) and Social Entrepreneurship (MA).
"StreeTreasures" is a social enterprise that rescues, rehabilitates and aggrandizes the life of street children in Nigeria by equipping them with the relevant IT skills that enables them to be independent and with a snowball approach encourages a replication of the same to other street kids using a consciously designed intervention plan and business model.
The aim of this project is to propose, and design a simple renewable energy supply chain for people living in rural areas in West Africa. The project seeks to rely on technological and academic asset of participants to innovatively connect the renewable energy products to the people at a cheap cost in order to reduce poverty and create jobs at the same time in West Africa.
Participants are expected to propose and design simple but applicable sustainable entrepreneurial venture that will focus on supplying affordable renewable energy solutions to rural dwellers targeted at reducing rural poverty in West Africa Country.
Our partners in Africa:
Idea2Market Africa is a Non-Profit Organisation created in 2017 in response to the growing need to focus on technology development, deployment and diffusion of home-grown innovations for economic and social impact. The mission of Idea2Market is to enhance the commercialisation of home-grown technologies in Africa, strengthen institutional linkages in the innovation ecosystem and to boost private sector participation in the innovation development process.