In an era where education and mentorship play pivotal roles in advancing Africa’s growth and prosperity, The Pan-African Leadership and Economic Development Centre (PALEDEC) is proud to announce a transformative partnership with Al-Khalifa Business School to launch the “African Under 30 Classroom to Boardroom Project”, designed to offer young Africans under the age of 30 living in Africa the opportunity to enroll for a Mini-MBA free of charge. This unprecedented collaboration aims to equip young African leaders with the knowledge, skills, and resources necessary to drive economic growth and create sustainable businesses.

The project which represents a significant milestone in the efforts to nurture young African talent and foster entrepreneurship on the continent will be officially unveiled at the 8th Pan African Humanitarian and Investment Summit, to be held in Senegal on the 25th of November 2023.

About the African Under 30 Classroom to Boardroom Project

This ground-breaking project seeks to provide 90 scholarships to young Africans under the age of 30, residing in Africa, and passionate about pursuing a business education. These scholarships will cover the full cost of their business education, ensuring that financial barriers do not hinder their dreams and ambitions.

The scholarship recipients will gain access to world-class business education, mentorship opportunities, and a network of like-minded individuals. This holistic approach aims to equip them with the knowledge, skills, and support needed to excel in the world of business and entrepreneurship.

Why This Partnership Matters

Africa is home to a wealth of untapped talent and potential, and this partnership between PALEDEC and Al-Khalifa Business School recognizes the importance of investing in the continent’s future leaders. By providing education, seed funding and mentorship to young Africans, we are not only unlocking their potential but also contributing to the sustainable development of the African continent.

Eligibility Criteria

Applicants for the “African Under 30 Classroom to Boardroom Project” scholarships must meet the following criteria:

Be under the age of 30 at the time of application.

Be a resident of an African country.

Have a strong passion for pursuing a business education.

How to Apply

Detailed application instructions, along with the application form, can be found on the PALEDEC official website or . Interested candidates are encouraged to review the eligibility criteria and submit their applications before November 30th 2023.


The Pan African Leadership and Economic Development Center (PALEDEC) is committed to facilitating dialogue, fostering partnerships, and driving sustainable development across Africa. PALEDEC believes in Africa’s limitless potential and aims to harness the continent’s diverse talents and resources to create a brighter future for all.

About Al-Khalifa Business School

Al-Khalifa Business School is a renowned accredited institution dedicated to providing high-quality business education and mentorship to aspiring entrepreneurs and business leaders. With a global reputation for excellence, the school is committed to nurturing the business leaders of tomorrow.

Contact Information

To join us on this incredible journey to empower Africa’s youth through education, mentorship, and seed funding, contact us via Together, we can shape a brighter future for the African continent.

Pan-African Leadership and Economic Development Centre (PALEDEC)


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