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2021 Young Innovation Leaders Fellowship (YIL) West Africa

Ana Isabel Paraguay
Posted March 30, 2021 from Brazil
Expired on April 29, 2021
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The Young Innovation Leaders (YIL) Fellowship (formerly known as The HELP Fellowship) is a platform created by Hutzpa Centre for Innovation and Development — a social enterprise aimed at promoting innovation across sectors in Africa.

The Y.I.L Fellows have access to life-long mentorship and resources for growth. The goal in the Y.I.L Fellowship is to create a system to scale up excellence.

To achieve this, they set out to identify “the seeds of excellence” – young individuals who have demonstrated outstanding performances in their endeavors. The platform is designed to inspire them on how to get to more without settling for less.

The vision is to create the largest platform for innovation leadership in the world.

The mission is to raise excellent leaders who can inspire, initiate, manage, and lead innovation in their spheres.

• Learn how to create innovations from the experts;
• Participate in the capstone projects;
• Participate in the mentorship programme;
• Gain Innovation Management certification;
• Build a great network with talented young professionals across the globe;
• Access to full scholarship;
• Rigorous multi-stage selection.

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The Y.I.L Fellowship aims to draw participation from excellent persons in their early career stage. The purpose is to give them the springboard to launch a successful career and have an impactful professional life.

With a focus in “innovation in leadership” and “leadership in innovation”, we aim to raise cohorts of competent leaders who will be adept in identifying needs, designing solutions geared towards sustainable change, and scaling up the changes.

Human capital development is our focus. We believe that the drawback to our development as a people depends on our capabilities and capacities. The right place to start is in the minds of our young talents who have demonstrated some level of excellence in their endeavours.

Applicants must:
1. Be within 5 years of graduation from higher institutions;
2. Have a track record of academic excellence;
3. Be between 20-30 years of age;
4. Have a hard skill.

Prior work experience is not relevant.

DEADLINE: 30th April, 2021.

It is a multistage rigorous selection process.

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Ana Isabel Paraguay
Mar 30
Mar 30

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Jill Langhus
Mar 31
Mar 31

Thanks, Ana. Sounds great, too!