Anzisha Prize 2016: 12 finalists emerge

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Anzisha Prize is an African award for young entrepreneurs between 15 and 22 who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities which have created employment opportunities.

The 2016 Anzisha Prize finalists were chosen from a pool of 550 entrepreneurs across 32 African countries to compete for the sum of $100 000 in cash prize.

These are the 12 finalists of Anzisha Prize 2016 unveiled by African Leadership Academy in partnership with The Mastercard Foundation:

1.  Aly Abd ElAzem

Aly Abd is a 20 year-old Egyptian and co-founder of Teens Club – a city youth hub providing teenagers with a platform for professional self-development by linking them to experts, improving their skillsets, and providing a safe space for the expression of opinions and talents.

2.  Issam Darui

Founder of Lagare.ma, the first electronic bus station in Morocco, available in 10 languages and 25 currencies, established to provide efficient travel services in Morocco, with schedules to over 150 destinations.

3.  Ifrah Mohamed

Mohamed, 19, is the founder of Supermom, which empowers unemployed and under-employed women by providing them with jobs in a door-to-door last mile distribution network for essential goods in rural Kenya, with over 20 “super moms” in the network.

4.  Benedict Kusi Ampofo

22 year-old Ghanian. Benedict is the founder of Project KIRIKU – a demonstration farm aiming to create sustainable agricultural communities with reduced poverty, providing over 60 farmers with skills, knowledge and agricultural innovations.

5.  Lamine Chamsiya

Lamine, 21, is the founder of E3D Cosmetique. It manufactures and markets a range of neem-based hair and skin cosmetic products with antiseptic properties.

6.  Yaye Souad ou Fall

Yaye is a Senegalese and founder of E-cover. It produces innovative multi-purpose tiles for paving, playgrounds, swimming pools, shoe soles and other products, from recycled tyres.

7.  Geoffrey Mulei

Geoffrey, 20 is the founder of INKISHA, a brand aimed at increasing access to eco-friendly packaging among African consumers by partnering with advertisers and innovative brands, providing around 350,000 free bags monthly.

8.  N’guessan Koffi Jacques Olivier

Founder of The Yaletite Entrepreneurship Group CI, an ambitious initiative producing and marketing food crops for profit, locating subsidies for students with disabilities, and mobilizing youth for employment.

9.  Heritiana Fabien Randriamananatahina

22 year-old Heritiana is the founder of FIOMBONANA, an agro-processing initiative that drives import substitution through local manufacture of dairy products and confectioneries, sourcing from local farmers with 12 people currently employed.

10. Faustino Quissico

Founder of TQ Group and Services, which supplies, installs and maintains hardwood floors, sourcing inputs and providing employment to 13 people.

11. Asha Abbas

The 17 year-old Tanzanian is the founder of Aurateen, an online platform providing teenage health and sex education by raising awareness of high-risk behaviours, working with medical practitioners and youth experts, and offering counselling services both online and in-person.

12. Andrew Ddembe

20 year-old Ugandan, Andrew is a serial entrepreneur, and the founder of Heart for the Hurt. It is a diversified business supplying school uniforms, restaurant services and growing coffee, all of which reduce income variability for the business and around 30 employees, who predominantly have speech difficulties.

“The momentum behind the Anzisha Prize has grown and we are starting to see a real impact.”

“Anzisha Fellows are forming a strong, African network of young business innovators that transcends their individual sectors and geographical areas. They are learning from each other, growing their ventures and advancing the spirit of social entrepreneurship,” Koffi Assouan; Program Manager, Youth Livelihoods at The MasterCard Foundation.

In addition to winning a share of the prize money, the 12 finalists will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Johannesburg for a rigorous two-week business accelerator camp beginning on 13th October, 2016.

Also, the finalists are given access to Anzisha Prize Youth Entrepreneur Support Unit services valued at $7,500. The fellowship package includes business support, implementation of projects to grow their businesses, access to business subject matter experts and access to numerous networking opportunities.

The grand prize-winner will be announced at an exclusive gala event on 25 October, 2016.

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