Le programme se compose de quatre phases. La conférence fournit un environnement de brainstorming en menant les participants a travers d'un parcours de l'analyse critique, des activites creatives, de la formation technologique et de la conception des plans d'affaires. 


Pendant la phase de recherche et développement, les participants affinent et realisent leurs idees en creant des plans presentables. Le processus se termine par la competition: ici les participants presentent leurs plans a un panel de juges qui selectionnent les idees le plus novatrices et faisables pour recevoir le financement de demarrage. Les instituts de microfinance sont presents par invitation pour donner aux participants acces a du financement durable et local. Pendant ce processus, les participants collaborent avec des conseillers qui ont de l'expertise dans le domaine d'entreprenariat social. Ces conseillers guident le developpement des entrepreneurs vers la phase finale: la fondation d'un mouvement des agents de changement dans un ecosysteme d'echange collaboratif, creative et entreprenant. 


“It is the youth of a country who contribute the most to cultural change, and who establish the trainings, leadership, and results that eventually lead to change.”
— Souleymane Camara, 2013 DTI Entrepreneur

In late 2013, the first phase of Dare to Innovate brought together 21 Guinean youth to pitch their ideas to a jury of distinguished judges. The jury awarded startup funds to seven participants on the basis of creativity, innovation, quality of presentation, and caliber of business plan. As our programs progress, Dare to Innovate fellows have launched 28 social enterprises owned by 78 African youth to date, and are on track to employ 270 other young people by the end of the year. 


Dare to Innovate is graciously supported by a team of educators, entrepreneurs and experts in the field of social entrepreneurship. Each of our participants is assigned a mentor who guides and advises during the enterprise planning and creation process. Among our mentors is the founder of Afrimarine, one of West Africa's largest businesses devoted to maritime activities; a former World Bank official and spouse to Guinea’s former Minister of Industry; and Madame Sylla Hadja M’Ballou Fofana, founder of the Organic Farm Fabik and winner of the 2011 prize for female investment in a rural setting. These relationships continue well beyond the Conference, combining the energy and inventiveness of the youth with the business experience of our mentors and creating the synergy that drives the Dare to Innovate Movement.