ACEEU Chair Professor Thorsten Kliewe was invited by AYE (Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs), the largest entrepreneurship organisation in the world with more than 12 million members, as a special guest to take part in the ground-breaking ceremony for the World’s First Entrepreneurship Village (E-Village) in Akure, Nigeria. The event was held on February 20 and brought together young entrepreneurs, start-up founders, business leaders, investors and policy makers from the region and beyond. The E-Village will provide co-working space, facilities and tools for young African entrepreneurs to innovate, test their ideas, meet investors in a relaxing and stimulating setting. Strategically located away from the chaos and pollution of big cities, the village spans over 3.7 hectares of land. The African Youth Entrepreneurs group is the driving force behind the project. The organization unites and empowers business-minded young people from across the continent to network and get access to resources, expertise and tools. It is one of the many initiatives in Africa’s vibrant emerging entrepreneurial landscape.
Professor Kliewe noted in his welcoming remarks: “This is the world’s first entrepreneurship village. It will create unique learnings of how to set up e-villages in other parts of Africa, but also beyond.”