Activating, educating, and fueling young entrepreneurs in rising economies.
As part of Akon’s vision for a better world, The Akoin Foundation exists to empower young entrepreneurs first in Africa, and as we grow, in other lean and rising economies, to start and build businesses and create sustainable communities.
We believe that developing young entrepreneurs is the best way to promote innovation, economic stability, and growth across Africa, and, ultimately, the world.
We live at the cutting edge of philanthropy, leveraging technologies including blockchain and crowdfunding so that we can deploy philanthropic support real-time to solve critical challenges at the moment of greatest need.
Our vision is a world where quality education, decent work, and innovative businesses are the obvious choice for young people who deeply understand that the only way forward is by building vibrant, sustainable communities and sharing in our mutual success.
The Akoin Foundation was formed in parallel with the Akoin Crypto Ecosystem, as a philanthropic tool to empower young entrepreneurs over the long term to learn, grow and thrive through innovative programming, much-needed physical infrastructure, and critical funding.
We are grateful for our partnership with the SDG Impact Fund, an alignment that supports our progress towards the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goals together with our growing network of philanthropic and service delivery partners.
As we know from recent research by McKinsey & Company, the African economy alone, while projected to be in a position to create 54 million new jobs by 2022, will still face a shortage of upwards of 50 million jobs as members of this fast-growing region enter the workforce.
How can we bridge this chasm?
At the Akoin Foundation, we believe this issue can only be addressed by entrepreneurs who will create the products and services, and associated jobs, for the next generations to thrive. We have set ourselves a goal to educate, inspire and activate 2 million new CEOs in Africa and beyond by 2030.
You can help support #AkoinEntrepreneurs by getting on the list to learn more about our Token of Appreciation Campaign, launching May 6.