Notre Dame News | Feb. 27, 2014 | Notre Dame News
As part of the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development (NDIGD), a group of collaborators at the University of Notre Dame has received a grant from the U.S. Department of State to train young African leaders in entrepreneurship. The collaborators include the University of Notre Dame’s Mendoza College of Business Nonprofit Executive Program, the Kellogg Institute for International Studies’ Ford Family Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity and the University’s Engineering, Science, Technology and Entrepreneurship Excellence Masters (ESTEEM) program.
The $100,000 grant was awarded through the State Department’s implementing partner, IREX. Additional funding and technical support for the training program has been provided by the IBM Corp. and The Coca-Cola Foundation.
The grant will position Notre Dame to serve as a host institution for the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders program. This summer, the University will partner with IBM experts to provide 25 students from Africa with six weeks of training in the area of business and entrepreneurship. Courses will be designed by IBM instructors and Notre Dame faculty and staff for the aspiring entrepreneurs who hope to assume leadership roles or start their own business ventures in Africa.