A Fellowship for Young Innovation Leaders

Scaling Up Excellence

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We have opened the application portal for the 2019 edition of the Y.I.L Fellowship Ghana. This is an opportunity for young talented professionals who desire to lead positive social change in Ghana. They will be equipped with innovation leadership tools in the fellowship. In this programme, they will be enabled to inspire and create innovative solutions to complex but important challenges in their country.

Deadline: 31st July, 2019

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 potentials and scale up excellence.

For developing countries to make sustainable economic advancement there has to be a culture 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 technology, rapidly disrupting the marketplace, organisations are now in endless search for initiative, innovation, commitment, smarts, 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 subthemes that will be covered in the lectures include:

Leadership in Innovation and Innovation in Leadership: In this subject, profound insights will be drawn on how individual leaders can inspire and influence others for optimum performance, and how innovation in leadership will become a key differentiator between organizations that thrive and those that do not. 

Innovation TrendsInnovation trends across industries is a non-exhaustive subject. Here, experts will lead participants in a dive into the technological waves, advances, opportunities and threats industries are facing today.

Innovation Management: Innovation is data-driven and iterative. Here, experts will expose participants to innovation management subjects such as innovation strategy, adoption, execution, measurement, and idea management.

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

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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.
Willing Mentors
Sunday Bulus, 2018 YIL Fellow
The YIL Fellowship -- An initiative that thought me what could take a lifetime to learn in just 4 months.
A Lifetime Opportunity
Folakemi Jolaoso, 2018 YIL Fellow
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.
The Idea is Brilliant
Ogochukwu Eddie-Anunobi, 2018 YIL Fellow