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Are You An Educator, Mentor Or Parent Of A Promising Young Entrepreneur In Your Classroom, Network Or Community?

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Have they created a micro-farm in your community?

Are they solving medical or environmental problems with clever solutions that are in demand?

Each year, we select 30 leading youth entrepreneurs like these to become Anzisha Prize Fellows.

We seek to identify and support role models like Andrew, Mahlatse and the entrepreneurial ecosystems that nurture them.

Make sure the stories of amazing young people in your country are celebrated!

You play the biggest role in shaping them, and we invite you to share their success with us! Nominate the top entrepreneurial talent from your country to receive the financial and networking support they need to succeed.

The Anzisha Prize is Africa’s biggest award for her youngest entrepreneurs aged 15 - 22 years, and hands out over USD $50,000 every year in shared grand prize money to entrepreneurs from all over the continent.

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The Anzisha Prize isn’t awarded for great ideas or business plans – it recognises young entrepreneurs who are operating for-profit and non-profit ventures that demonstrate: ingenuity; scalability; and a social impact.

  • Between the ages of 15 and 22?
  • Are they running an established venture, delivering value to a few customers?
  • Are they involved in the strategy and operations of their venture?
  • Has the venture demonstrated some impact already?
  • Are they already earning a revenue, or reaching beneficiaries with the potential to improve (both ‘for-profit businesses’ or ‘not-for-profit’ ventures qualify).
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Watch the Stories Of Some Our Most Successful Female Entrepreneurs

Do you know a young female entrepreneur who is solving creative, medical, agricultural, or environmental problems with a sustainable business model? Do you know a young female entrepreneur that is making a difference to your country’s economic growth and job creation? Our youth, especially women, need role models their own age, like Amanda Jojo from South Africa and Vanessa Ishimwe from Uganda to inspire them to believe in the difference they can make with a small business.

Watch their stories below and become a part of someone else's entrepreneurial ecosystem by nominating them for the Anzisha Prize

Born and raised in Johannesburg, Amanda Jojo is hard at work, turning her lifelong love for coffee into a viable enterprise. She founded The Trea Garden, an upscale cafe providing high-quality coffee and accompaniments in a relaxing atmosphere. Amanda started the cafe to combine her passion for food and beverage with entrepreneurship create employment opportunities in South Africa— a country grappling with high levels of youth unemployment.

After losing her father at a young age, Vanessa Ishimwe had to come to terms with growing up in Kyaka II refugee resettlement camp together with her mother and three siblings. At the age of 18, her experience in the refugee camp motivated her to start an early childhood development centre in order to create employment opportunities not just for herself but for other youth within the camp.

What Happens After You Nominate A Young Entrepreneur?

Nominees for the Prize still have to submit an application. Your nomination is an endorsement, a recommendation letter on behalf of the candidate. Candidates submit an application that gives full information about their business, enabling them to be evaluated for participation in the fellowship. The nominee receives an email letting them know that they have been nominated, and also a reminder to apply for the prize as soon as applications are open.

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