Entrepreneurship is defined as the capacity and the willingness to develop, organize, and manage a business venture in spite of the risks in order to make a profit. Entrepreneurs have a unique ability to harness creativity and innovation to produce a profit.

With more than 25% of the world’s workforce projected to live in sub-Saharan Africa by 2050, it’s imperative that young African leaders continue to create economic opportunities for themselves and for generations to come.

Maybe, from childhood, you’ve dreamed of the day you’d own your business, maybe you’ve never considered it. Maybe you’re looking for a way to make money and change your community. Each person’s journey to entrepreneurship looks different—but there’s one thing all successful entrepreneurs have in common: determination.

YALIEntrepreneurs is an initiative to help you take your business venture from an idea to a reality. As a YALIEntrepreneur, you’ll learn how to Find Your Inner Entrepreneur, Write Your Business Plan, and Prepare Your Business Pitch. If you’re determined to create, innovate, and prosper join YALIEntrepreneurs today!

Most people think that entrepreneurs are born, not made. Don’t believe it! You don’t have to be born with the entrepreneurial know-how to be able to start a successful business. You can acquire the knowledge and skills to transform your idea into a business that provides for you and your family. The steps in this first phase, will help you make your business idea a reality as you find your inner entrepreneur.

Step One: Take the YALIEntrepreneurs Pledge

The pledging phase of YALIEntrepreneurs has closed.

Step Two: Take the Quiz

Not convinced that you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur? Take our YALIEntrepreneurs Quiz today and put your business skills to the test!

Step Three: Download Workbook One

YALIEntrepreneurs Workbook One focuses on helping you to uncover your inner entrepreneur by identifying solutions, skills, and interests worth pursuing. Download Workbook One and get start refining your business idea today!


A good business plan serves as a road map for how you’ll structure, run, and grow your new business venture. Using your refined business idea from YALIEntrepreneurs Workbook One, follow the three steps in this second phase to write your business plan.

Step One : Take the Course

Take this YALI Network Online Course to learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship and to outline a successful business plan.

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Step Two: Download the Workbook

YALIEntrepreneurs Workbook Two is a step-by-step guide on how to write a strategic business plan. Download Workbook Two today and get started laying the foundation for your business venture. 

Perfecting Your Pitch

Watch this video vignettes series of five short pitch videos written and presented by 3 Day Startup's Nick Chagin, for helpful tips and ways to make your pitch stand out from others.

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Download Workbook Three

YALIEntrepreneurs Workbook Three is designed to help you craft a compelling business pitch. Download Workbook Three today and get started on your personal business pitch.

Download the Facilitation Guide

The YALIEntrepreneurs Facilitation Guide is designed to help you host a practice session for you and your friends to both discuss your business ideas and polish your presentations.


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Read More About YALIEntrepreneurs

Read stories from YALI Network members who are entrepreneurs, get tips from experts, and learn more about the process of starting and running a business on the YALI Network Blog.

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