Young African Entrepreneurs can now win a share of $100,000 in the Anzisha Prize 2017

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Young Entrepreneurs within the ages of 15 and 22 years with innovative solutions and/or successful businesses can apply to be a part of the Anzisha Prize 2017 to stand a chance of winning up to $100,000.

Already in its seventh year, the programme selects 15 finalists from across Africa to take part in a 10-day workshop/conference in Johannesburg, South Africa at the prestigious African Leadership Academy. This trip is all-expense-paid by Anzisha.

Hosted by the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation, the Anzisha Prize celebrates business initiative and innovation. The Prize has grown into one of the most sought after awards for young entrepreneurs on the continent. In addition to cash prizes, past winners and finalists have since benefitted from media exposure, funding, access to business networks and continuous support through mentorship.

Anzisha Prize

Applications will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Impact – demonstrated, measurable and positive social or economic return.
  • Already Running Venture: Is the business running already?
  • Founder-led: is the venture led and managed by a founder
  • Job creation: What are the potentials to create jobs with the venture?
  • Ingenuity – a new or improved approach to a challenge or market opportunity.
  • Scalability – the potential to grow into significant businesses or projects.

The 15 selected finalists automatically become Anzisha Fellows and have access to a broad range of opportunities like the Youth Entrepreneur Support Unit, Anzisha Accelerator Camp, Global Speaker Circuit amongst others. Eventual winners will emerge from these fellows at the Anzisha Prize Night.

Value of Fellowship include additional $8,000- $10,000 investment in each fellow. $2,000 access to well renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership Curriculum amongst other perks

Application is ongoing.


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