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Anzisha Prize Announces the Top 20 Young African Entrepreneurs for 2019

After months of searching the African continent, the Anzisha Prize has unveiled its top 20 finalists for 2019. The winner will be announced at the ninth annual Anzisha Prize Forum on 22nd October in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Designing the Future of Secondary Schools in Africa: Thoughts from the ADEA Policy Dialogue

By Josh Adler How teens transition directly to work or incomeIt’s rational, but what stands in the way? The Association for the Development of Education in Africa convened for the…

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How to Deliver an Award-Winning Business Pitch: Insights from TEF 2019

Fresh from serving as a judge at the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Forum 2019, Aaron Fu, Venture Partner for the Anzisha Young Entrepreneurs Fund, shares insights on how to…

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Anzisha Prize Fellow Encourages Young Entrepreneurs to “Start Now!”

At 18 and with only $20 in savings, Alhaji Siraj Bah, a young Sierra Leonean founded Rugsal Trading, an enterprise that now directly and indirectly employs 38 people.    Tragically,…

The Anzisha Prize Green Paper: Scenarios for Young African Entrepreneurs

Scenarios for Young African Entrepreneurs quantitatively and qualitatively explores what the future might hold for very young entrepreneurs (VYEs) in Africa, how entrepreneurship can offer exciting alternatives to drive employment…

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Can Social Enterprises Be Profitable?

By Daniel Mpala Twenty-one-year old Joan Nalugeba’s dreams of a world without malaria — and the Ugandan entrepreneur believes her company’s mosquito repellent soap will do just that, while proving…

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Defining the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem for Under-25’s in Africa

On 15 April 2019, educators, investors, entrepreneurs and other stakeholders from across Africa gathered for the inaugural Very Young Entrepreneur Education & Acceleration Summit in Sandton, Johannesburg. The 1-day conference…

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2019 Anzisha Prize Applications Open

The Anzisha Prize is Africa’s biggest award for her youngest entrepreneurs, and hands out over USD $100,000 every year in funding to entrepreneurs from all over the continent.  Last year was…

The Anzisha Effect: Powering Support for Africa’s Youngest Entrepreneurs

‘If you think about it, around 2030, most people on the continent will be young. Very young. If the same age group is not empowered to create jobs for themselves…

Dreams Constrained by Capital: Nozipho Mbanjwa's insights into Morocco’s Young Entrepreneurs

Award-winning broadcaster Nozipho Mbanjwa, winner of the Anzisha Prize’s 2017 Media Award, has gained renown as an advocate for the inclusion of youth and women in the African economy. Ever in…

Experience The Anzisha Effect: Our New Portal for Supporters of Very Young Entrepreneurs

Proving that ALA – and it’s various programs – are ever-expanding, we are proud to announce the launch of a portal dedicated to parents, teachers, investors and the supporters of very young…

Increasing access to funding opportunities for young women entrepreneurs: How we do it at the Anzisha Prize

Melissa Mbazo, Program Manager for the Anzisha Prize, is an emerging expert in the field of social sector prize design and access. She shares the team’s effective Blueprint for increasing…

INSIGHT: How Africa’s Youth are Rising to Meet the Continent’s Socio-economic Challenges

“By 2035 Africa will have the largest youth workforce in the world. It is the young entrepreneurs that will address the employment gap.” – Fred Swaniker, ALA founder It’s no…

10 Funding Opportunities Young Entrepreneurs Can Apply for Now

Struggling to make a start of that surefire venture of yours? If you’re desperate to launch your own business but just don’t have the available funds, help is at hand….

Benefits of Honing Your Entrepreneurial Skills as a Student

Did you know that Steve Jobs left university and founded Apple in his twenties? Or that Mark Zuckerberg started Facebook while he was an undergraduate at Harvard? Honing your entrepreneurial…

Funding Opportunities for Young African Entrepreneurs

Getting a venture off the ground or growing an existing business as a young entrepreneur can be difficult: raising capital without a solid credit history or having valuable assets to…

Ordinary People Doing Extraordinary Things

Entrepreneurs have a mind-set that sees the possibilities rather than the problems created by change. – J. GREGORY DEES Fanta Traore, ALA’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership Fellow spent time with young…

In the spotlight: Youth Entrepreneur – Chris Kwekowe

The Anzisha Prize Gala recently saw Nigerian entrepreneur Chris Kwekowe (22), founder of Slatecube, win the $25,000 Grand Prize at the 5th edition of the Anzisha Prize. Slatecube offers a job-relevant skills learning platform…