ELISA Scholars 2024 (Up to US $700 in Travel Reimbursements)

The call for applications are now open for the ELISA Scholars 2024 Training, scheduled to take place in HWANGE, Zimbabwe from November 12th to 14th, 2024. The training brings together, a group of high-potential founders of businesses with an emphasis on Africa as well as entrepreneurs or executives with audacious company concepts, for a three-day business experience.

ELISA Scholars 2024
ELISA Scholars 2024

In Africa, one of the programmes that promotes cross-sector cooperation is the Entrepreneurial & Leadership Initiative for Sustainability in Africa, commonly referred to as (ELISA). ELISA are a network of leaders and business owners from many industries who are transforming Africa via employment.

ELISA Scholars

Elisabeth Pasalk Valerio started ELISA as a side project. Her goal was to bring together leaders and business owners in Africa, support their mutual learning and growth as innovators, and help them turn their ideas into programmes that would be both feasible and long-lasting.

ELISA Scholars receive training in developing an investor presentation, an elevator pitch, and managing firm finances. To guarantee continuous improvement and execution of a business plan, ELISA Scholars continue to meet online with their coaches once a month for a year following the training session. They use the ELISA online portal to remain in contact.

For the duration of the one-year ELISA Scholars programme, a business leader is appointed to mentor each scholar. Scholars attend an intensive training session with their coaches, where they receive guidance from business professionals and industry leaders on how to progress their ideas, improve their company plan, and generate employment.


Scholars will receive the following benefits:

  • Participate in a 2-day training session and receive conference materials
  • A mentorship opportunity (1-year) from a business coach
  • Conference accommodations and meals
  • Receive up to US $700 in travel reimbursements
  • Fellows will receive a lifetime Insider membership to the global ELISA network and virtual events
  • Have unlimited access to entrepreneurial content

Eligiblity Requirements

  • The Entrepreneurial & Leadership Initiative for Sustainability in Africa (ELISA), welcomes applicants of any age, sector or gender from anywhere in the world.
  • The Applicant’s proposed business, project or idea must be focused on Africa or operate in the continent.

How to Apply

Kindly follow the steps below to apply for the 2024 ELISHA Scholars:

Selection of ELISA Scholars

  • A committee of representatives chosen by the ELISA Advisory Council selects the scholars for each cohort.
  • A rubric with preset criteria is used to assign scores to applicants.
  • The selection of Scholars is based on the final scores.
  • Before scholarships are awarded, a meeting with the top scorers is scheduled. Forty-five days following the application deadline, applicants receive notification.


  • 1st December 2023: Call for Applications opens for the 2024 cohort of Scholars
  • 28th June 2024: Application deadline Date and Scholar selection period begins
  • 2nd August 2024: The announcement of the 2024 ELISA Scholar cohort
  • 12th to 14th November 2024: Participation of ELISA Scholars In the 2024 training session and ELISA summit.



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