Youth Entrepreneurship and Leadership Initiative

The youth entrepreneurship and leadership initiative (YELI) is my pet project (Dr Dorothy Jeff-Nnamani) and launched in 2021 to mark the celebration of my 50th Birthday. It is intended to continue as an annual program to encourage the youths as they embark on entrepreneurship and leadership journey. Having experienced the hurdles and successes of leadership and entrepreneurship I wish to give back to the society for the benefit of those who are hoping to venture the same path.


Challenges with access to funding. Good ideas but no investors. Some investors want to own the entire business. Limited business knowledge and leadership skills. Challenges with business growth and expansion. Lack partnership opportunities.

This initiative … SDG

Participation Criteria

To participate in the competition, participants must meet certain criteria

  • Must be between 20years and 35years
  • Must have been running a self, start-up business for not more than 3years
  • Must reside and have been living in the LGA in which the participants hope to represent for up to 2years
  • Must be an indigene of the State (eg, Enugu State or whatever YELI State Chapter)

About the Founder

Dr. Dorothy Jeff-Nnamani


Dr Dorothy Jeff-Nnamani is a leading physician in public health with expertise in developing sustainable health programs, community-oriented policies, and management protocols for efficient health care delivery systems. Dr. Dorothy has over 20 years experience in managing large and complex health care programs, and an in-depth knowledge of the Nigerian health sector which she acquired through rigorous research, programming, and her managerial experiences.

Dr. Dorothy holds an M.B.B.S in Medicine and Surgery from the University of Nsukka, Nigeria, MPH degree from the College of Medicine, University of Lagos, Nigeria, and an M.Sc. in Infectious Diseases, from London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London, UK. She is the Founder/Chief Executive Officer of Novo Health Africa HMO and the former MD/CEO PHB Healthcare limited, a subsidiary of Bank PHB (HMO) where she had also served as the Health Insurance Manager, Public Health Consultant and Policy Advocate. She is the Founder of the Youth Entrepreneurship and Leadership Initiative (YELI).

Presently, Dr. Dorothy spearheads several health initiatives including, but not limited to, Healthcare development and product design innovation, Community Health based project management and programs for Mental Health in Nigeria.

Aside being a world-class physician, Dr. Dorothy is also a renowned international healthcare speaker having delivered high-energy keynote presentations across the globe. She has participated in several live presentations, workshops, panels, and webinars across Africa.

Dr. Dorothy is a firm believer in Women and Youth Empowerment programs. She has also served as a Mentor/Coach at the Cartier Women’s Initiative organized by Cartier & INSEAD Business School representing Sub-Saharan Africa.


A society where youths can make better and responsible choices to positively influence their communities at any level.

Our Projects

These are a brief history of projects we have executed

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