A Fellowship for Young Innovation Leaders

Scaling Up Excellence

2023 YIL Fellowship

Application for the 2023 YIL Fellowship is now open! Embrace the most amazing opportunity to become a social innovation leader. The programme is specifically for those who consider themselves outstanding and possess exceptional talents. This application is open to persons from all parts of the world.

Application Deadline: 15th February 2023.

The Y.I.L Fellowship is a four-month annual leadership immersion programme in innovation management designed to empower young professionals to attain their ultimate career dreams and inspire innovation in their spheres. Its chief aim is to unleash human potential and scale up excellence.

For any country  to make sustainable economic advancement there has to be an intentional effort to empower its young people with a mindset of excellence. Certainly, excellence is a culture. As with all cultures, it must  be implanted, cultivated, and grown within the fabrics of our civilization. This three-stage process is what we refer to as scaling up excellence. 

The Y.I.L Fellowship is structured to operate in two stages. First is the fellowship: a challenging but rewarding four-month programme focused on training in leadership and innovation management. Second is the membership: mentorship and continuous personal development. The Y.I.L Fellowship is entirely free.

With globalization, deregulation, knowledge work and new technologies rapidly disrupting the marketplace, organisations are now in endless search for initiative, innovation, commitment, and passion in its members. So, our aim is to train our Fellows ready to lead profound changes as high-performance employees, emerge outstanding entrepreneurs, and be at the forefront of innovation for development.

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Selection is important. We select ANYONE who has demonstrated seed of excellence in them. To him who is faithful in little, more is given.


Training is key. We provide training on life skills and innovation management to participants. We teach them to approach problems using the APE (Abundance, Possibility, and Empowerment) lens.


Through a well-structured mentorship programme, passion and purpose are sustained in fellows. We discover the power of apprenticeship in success attainment.

The Y.I.L Fellowship is a four-month challenging scholarship programme for young professionals.


The theme of the Y.I.L Fellowship is "scaling up excellence". The fellowship programme includes: lectures, plenary sessions, workshops, and demonstrations. Important aspects of the training are: the challenge phase, the accelerator, the internship, and the mentorship.

Insightful modules that will be covered in the lectures include:

  • Creative Problem Solving and Decision Making:
  • Design Thinking for Innovation
  • Innovating with the Business Model Canvas

  • Managing Social and Human Capital

  • Digital Product Management

  • Innovation for Enterpreneurs: From Idea to Marketplace

  • Intellectual Property Protection

  • Effective Communication: Writing, Design, and Presentation

  • Techniques and Tools for Success

  • Innovation Leadership

Other aspects of the curriculum will include: plenary sessions with industry captains, fireside chats with experts, and demonstration of skills and leadership workshops with expert facilitators.

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YIL is a solution oriented fellowship, where the fellows are taken through the process of building a solution from the scratch. I've been privilege to be part of TEF program for example, where you will need to have a business or at least a scalable idea before you can enroll. With YIL all you just need to be part of the fellowship is a demonstration that you are smart and passionate enough to solve a pressing problem. YIL fellowship will take you through a process to discover yourself and help you to realize your capacity to solve problem even when you don't have the idea of the problem to solve.
One striking and unique fact about The Y.I.L Fellowship is the availability and assignment of mentors who are genuinely generous with their knowledge, ideas, and time despite their busy schedules. Such is not easy to come by easily, elsewhere.
The YIL Fellowship -- An initiative that thought me what could take a lifetime to learn in just 4 months.
I believe that the idea of The Y.I.L Fellowship, is brilliant and novel especially in Nigeria and Africa at large. The idea alone is right. The scope that was covered in the first in-person convening and the second was exceptional. The excellence with which everything was done wowed every participant.