The Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs (A.Y.E) has been declared as the largest entrepreneurship network in the world.
The Global Entrepreneurship Institute, a global reputable body based in Washington DC in the United States of America made the declaration in statement issued by the organization.
The institute said that A.Y.E. through a systematic research process, emerged the largest entrepreneurship network, with membership totaling over 12.6 million entrepreneurs.
A.Y.E. which was founded by Summy Smart Francis according to the Institute beat several other entrepreneurship platforms around the world to emerge the largest global entrepreneurship network.
Sequel to this global recognition, Wikipedia has long recognized Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs (A.Y.E.) as the largest economic network in Africa. Wikipedia states that the A.Y.E. “has gained its place in the world” as the largest economic group in Africa.
Since its inception A.Y.E achieved the feat through its innovative global entrepreneurship programmes which includes Harvest Africa (A program that showcases investment opportunities in Africa), AYEEP (Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs Empowerment Program), AYESA (Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs Student Association), MY MENTOR & ME (an online mentorship platform), WBC (Web Business Campaign, a platform where entrepreneurs showcase their businesses to angel investors).
AYEEN, a division of AYEEP is an annual empowerment program where entrepreneurs pitch their businesses/ideas to seasoned business experts for grants, training and equipment and also the newly launched A.Y.E Entrepreneurship Reality Television Show, transmitted on 10 satellite and terrestrial stations viewed by over 60 million viewers across Africa and Globally.
A.Y.E. was also recognized as having the foremost entrepreneurship empowerment platforms in Africa. This position has been consolidated with the recent launch of Africa’s first entrepreneur software application; the AYE APP. The app is engendering a connection of African entrepreneurs by effectively creating a more closely-knit business interaction and networking.
Other projects embarked on by A.Y.E to develop and empower Africa includes Empower Borno, a humanitarian project in partnership with the Borno State Government in Nigeria for the empowerment and redevelopment of the internally displaced persons in the North Eastern part of Nigeria due to the Boko Haram insurgency. Also launched early this year is the New Generation Movement to promote good governance and leadership.