A Fellowship for Young Innovation Leaders
Scaling Up Excellence
The Y.I.L Fellowship
The 2019 edition of the Y.I.L Fellowship is now open. Start your application today for a rare opportunity to accelerate your career and get life mentorship from global innovation experts. Join some of the smartest young professionals in Africa to move your career steps ahead.
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.
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 Trends: Innovation 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.