Adamou Yazi

2023 IVLP Impact Award Project: Adopting Technology, Driving Local ChangeNiger

Adamou Yazi is a certified entrepreneurship trainer and has founded two companies and a media business in Niger. He founded ACCEntrepreneur, an independent training center in business and entrepreneurship to support, train, connect entrepreneurs and help them with access to finances. Adamou also initiated and co-founded the Niger Business Angels Network, an organization that works with hundreds of new and established female entrepreneurs to help them develop and advocates to increase the number of women-owned and operated enterprises in Niger. Currently, he is the National Managing Director for the Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Niger. 

IVLP Impact Award Project: Adopting Technology, Driving Local Change

Yazi empowered 24 students at the University of Technology in Dosso, Niger, with the entrepreneurship skills to employ themselves in a sustainable economy and influence their community. He introduced them to the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) through a workshop, bootcamp, and community outreach campaign. After an introduction to the SDG’s through Yazi’s project workshop, participants identified five challenges in the Dosso community and presented their solutions in a public exhibition. The mayor of Dosso attended the event and is interested in initiating some of the solutions locally.

“It is really a good initiative for us students to take part in this training which not only allows us to acquire new knowledge and we will put our experiences into practice.” – Project Participant

IVLP Exchange Experience 

Adamou was a participant in the IVLP Project Entrepreneurship as the Engine of Prosperity and Stability - Small Business Development organized by the U.S. Department of State and Meridian International Center.

Adamou's exchange experience led to the development of his IVLP Impact Award Project: "I was impressed by the way the Illinois Institute of Technology incorporates technology in all industry sectors they support. This project is to emulate this experience and implement that in my community at some level."

U.S. Communities Visited

Washington, DC; Orlando, FL; Chicago, IL

Country: Niger

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