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Anzisha Summit

Anzisha Prize Very Young Entrepreneur Education & Acceleration Summit

The premier platform for the under-25 entrepreneurship support ecosystem in Africa

A 1-day conference/summit experience that will explore and celebrate excellence and new approaches in entrepreneurship education as well as support for very young entrepreneurs. A premier conference platform for parents, teachers, investors and policy-makers defining the entrepreneurship ecosystem for under-25’s in Africa.

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In April 2019, the inaugural Anzisha Summit was held. The theme of the conference was ‘Age Matters’ and explored the linkage between age and entrepreneurship interventions that result in successful outcomes. Panelists delved deeper into what they believe is the right age for intervention in the journey of a very young entrepreneur and why they have chosen to work with young entrepreneurs.

During the conference, we explored the theme #AgeMatters where panellists discussed the importance of transitioning African youth in High School/ University directly into entrepreneurship. Attendees and speakers highlighted the importance of young entrepreneurs starting very young and slowly building careers – in the same way, any other career professional would.

The 208 guests that attended represented various categories of youth entrepreneurship supporters and champions. This included, among others, Yinka Adegoke, the editor of Quartz Africa and Aaron Fu, the Managing Director of MEST Africa.

During the conference, we were able to celebrate both our fellows and individuals who work with us to achieve our mission through the following awards:

The Anzisha Ecosystem Prizes

Four Ecosystem prizes were handed out to individuals within the Very young entrepreneur ecosystem for the work that they do. The winners were:

  • Educator Award: Kirsty Tromp (High School educator)
  • Evangelist Award: Elizabeth Bintliff (Junior Achievement Africa CEO)
  • Incubator Award: RLabs (A youth incubator based in Cape Town)
  • Student Enterprise Board Member Award: Naledi Rasekoala (Project Manager at Adcorp Holding Ltd)


Challenge Prize Awards

Five challenge prizes were awarded to fellows within the Anzisha fellowship who have expanded and scaled their businesses in the following categories:

  • Job creation: Alhaji siraj Bah
  • Revenue growth: early stage prize: Karidas Tshintsholo
  • Revenue growth: growing phase prize: Daniel Mukisa
  • Social impact award: Vanessa Ishiimwe
  • Investment readiness award: Edgar Edmund

Panelist Profiles

Sawa Nakagawa

Sawa Nakagawa is the Founder & Partner of ThreeArrows Impact Partner, a specialized advisory firm focused on impact investing and social innovation. Shehas over 15 years of financial services experience across impact investing, general management, investment banking, and strategy. Originally from Japan, she has worked in Asia, Europe, Africa, U.S. and Latin America.

Ntando Makwels

Grade 11 student at Nova Pioneer Ormonde When he was 15 he launched his inaugural self-published book “TheDynamicKid:9KeystoUnlockYourFuture” a self-help motivation book. He joined Mirela Sula Founder of Global Woman as she launched Global Woman Club in Johannesburg during May 2018.

Ancillar Mangena

Ancillar Mangena is a journalist who believes in the power of storytelling to make an impact on society. As a child, she spent long hours glued to TV News channels, fascinated by news.  From age 12, she knew she wanted to be a journalist reporting on African stories.

Dr. Kwami Justina Morrisis

Dr. Kwami Justina Morrisis an entrepreneurship and agribusiness educator with experience in experiential learning. She teaches entrepreneurship to undergraduates and in business incubator programs. She is currently a full-time faculty at Ashesi University Ghana and also the faculty lead for applied capstone projects in the Business Administration department.

Robert Mtshali

Robert Mtshali is a social entrepreneur who is passionate about young people and coming up with new ideas. In 2010, he was scouted to join the Richard Branson School of Entrepreneurship. He continued to hone his entrepreneurship skills at Aurikbusiness incubator and Enablis, a company that facilitates skills development. Robert’s contributions to the entrepreneurship sector have earned him nationwide accolades, including a special recognition award from the Premier of Gauteng and a spot as one of the Mail & Guardian’s top 200 young South Africans.

Clinton Liderman

Clinton is a founding member of RLabs and has been part of the RLabs team since its inception in 2007 and has contributed to its development with his natural leadership ability and enthusiasm. Clinton is Chief for InnovIA & Incubation for RLabs and is the co-Founder of startup company Cape Town Lift Club.

Rapelang Rabana

Internationally renowned technology entrepreneur, Rapelang has amassed over 13 years’ experience innovative technologies. She is the Founder of learning-tech startup Rekindle Learning and a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum. She is also a Partner at private equity firm, Nisela Capital. She has been featured on the cover of Forbes Africa magazine before the age of 30, selected as a Fast Company Maverick, named Entrepreneur for the World by the World Entrepreneurship Forum and selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum 2017.

Kirsty Tromp

Kirsty Tromp received a BCom in Accounting and Finance from the University of KwaZulu-Natal and began training in articles to become a Chartered Accountant in 2010.  This, however, was not where her passion lay and she found herself drawn to the training of junior clerks in order to improve their skills. She began teaching at Durban Girls’ High School in 2013 in the Mathematics and Accounting departments. Kirsty received the Allan Gray Entrepreneurship Challenge’s award for most inspiring teacher in 2018 and 2 of her learners were placed in the top 10 in the country.

The Young Entrepreneurs Fund

At the Summit, African Leadership Academy and Omidyar Network announced The Young Entrepreneurs Fund – a matching fund that will match – dollar for dollar – investments into high potential young Africans by angel and early-stage investors! 

Secondly, we launched the #AnzishaScenario paper advocacy campaign – a year-long scenario planning and policy influence project with stakeholders across Africa.

Videos, Media, Links:

We amplified our discussions across the globe on the day with media partnerships: Quartz Africa, CNBC Africa and Ventureburn.

 Anzisha Summit Highlights (CNBC, Video)

Investors Panel (Video: myself, Eric Osiakwan, Sawa Nakagawa, Rapelang Rabana and Spencer Horne)

The Anzisha Scenario Panel (Video: Adegoke, Sibusiso "Dj Sbu" Leone, Ekow Mensah, Koffi Assouan)

Educators Panel (Video: Mopati Morake, Kwami Justina Morris, Robert Mtshali, Kirsty Pitman)

Parenting Entrepreneurs Panel (Video: Nthando Makwela, Claudia  Makwela)

Very Young Entrepreneurs Panel (Video: Ancillar  Mangena, Vanessa Ishimwe, Alina Karimamusama, Thando Hlongwane )

 Incubators panel (Video: Aaron Fu, Adnane Addioui, Clinton  Liederman)

Ventureburn: How Anzisha Scenario project aims to change way Africa supports young entrepreneurs

Mail & Guardian: (1) Youth Entrepreneurship Summit ; (2) Teach them well and let them lead the way and (3) Anzisha Scenario Report Launched

Channel Africa: Live radio broadcast

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As our work continues to grow across the continent, in 2020 we will host the Anzisha Prize Very Young Entrepreneur Education & Acceleration Summit in Ghana. Sign up for the newsletter to stay updated.