Ndeye Absa holds the position of the Senior Innovation Officer at the African Development Bank. She is managing a first of its kind project at AfDB called the Entrepreneurship & Innovation Lab (EIL).
The overall aim of the Lab is to support innovative young entrepreneurs with financing, technical assistance and broader ecosystem support. The Lab is enabling Africa’s entrepreneurship ecosystem by incubating and piloting promising new ideas and assessing best practices for existing interventions in support of youth employment. In addition, the Lab aims to provide knowledge resources to help mitigate the constraints and challenges entrepreneurs face in Africa and allow them to successfully launch and grow their businesses.
The Lab’s audience comprises Incubators, Accelerators & Fund Managers and is part of the Bank-wide Jobs for Youth in Africa Strategy (2016 – 2025) to create 25 million jobs and impact 50 million youth by catalyzing private sector investments that fuel job creation and employment for youth.