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Help us support Very Young Entrepreneurs? (VYEs)

We are all aware that we face a job crisis, and that entrepreneurship is one of the key approaches to create more opportunities for employment.

What is less known is that supporting entrepreneurs who are very young might yield better gains over time than other approaches.

Download 'The Very Young Entrepreneur Scenario For Africa', based on 10 years of insights, exploring different scenarios for the future of employment in Africa.

Our goal is large scale behavior change to enable the #AnzishaScenario, find out how we plan to achieve it.

The Anzisha Prize Program is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation that seeks to fundamentally and significantly increase the number of very young job generative entrepreneurs in Africa.


Explore our Communities

We're delighted that you have found our website! Welcome! Our team look forward to hearing from you and sharing our resources with you. The following links will guide you to the right community.

Meet our Entrepreneurs

Every year, we select Africa's youngest entrepreneurs who are running successful businesses and going against the grain. Read some of their stories below and be inspired by very young business owners who are examples of the future of work on the continent.

Watch our Stories

Whether you’re an entrepreneur, investor, policy-maker or educator, our stories will resonate with you. All you have to do is Start Now. Start your entrepreneurship journey now, support young entrepreneurs in your community now, start investing in young entrepreneurs now.

Watch Ignatius below as he shows that there are young Africans who have decided to pursue agriculture regardless of other people’s perceptions. These young people are doing so and succeeding while inspiring others to do the same.


Applications open

17 February

Applications close

30 March

Evaluation of applications

Due diligence

30 July

Finalists announced

30 August

Learn More about the Anzisha Programme