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AFRICA'S BIGGEST VENTURE BUILDING PROGRAM FOR HER YOUNGEST ENTREPRENEURS

For years we have championed and supported Very Young Entrepreneurs through our venture-building fellowship program and ecosystem activities.
This three-year program sees top finalists from the African continent, developing and growing their respective businesses with the support and guidance of our venture building team. We believe that with the right tools, these young entrepreneurs will continue to build job generative businesses that will positively impact their communities.
Our parent, educator, and investor communities and resources are available to make sure that very young entrepreneurs receive the highest quality of support from those around them.

The Anzisha 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.

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Rebecca Taboukouna

About Rebecca​ 22-year-old student and entrepreneur Rebecca is originally from Niamtougou, a town in northern Togo. She is a software developer who develops websites and mobile applications.​ Transition into Entrepreneurship​ After attending a beading and soapmaking workshop that her father paid for, Rebecca discovered a passion for the craft. She made a few samples that garnered positive feedback and sold well…

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Amadu Deen Bah

About Amadu​ Born in January 2000, Amadu was raised by a single mother alongside his siblings in Freetown. The family moved to Guinea and later returned to Sierra Leone. Amadu has long dreamt of being a businessman. He grew up helping his mother in her work as a petty trader.​ Transition into Entrepreneurship​ Amadu started his first business aged…

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Rebecca Samuella Kalokoh 

About Rebecca​ 21-year-old Rebecca is a graduate of the University of Sierra Leone’s Institute of Public Administration and Management. She holds a bacherlor’s degree in Business Administration. An opportunity to participate in a leadership training sparked Rebecca’s desire to start a business. She sees herself as a capable job creator and as a young woman who can succeed even in male-dominated…

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Masello Mokhoro

About Masello​ Hailing from the Free State, 22-year-old South African entrepreneur Masello Mokhoro has a deep passion for nature, community, and socioeconomic change. The rising young leader holds an advanced diploma in agricultural management and has served as a peer mentor and an active member of student organizations.​ Transition into Entrepreneurship​ A desire to attain long-term financial stability…

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Grace Okezie

About Grace​ 22-year-old Grace Okezie comes from a family of seven. The Nigerian entrepreneur is in her final year as a medicine and surgery student at Abia State University Uturu in Aba. She holds a passion for teaching, and sees it as a way to not only impart or create knowledge and develop skills, but to also empower others.​ Transition into Entrepreneurship​…

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Oluwadamilola Akinosun

About Damilola​ Damilola Akinosun is passionate about designing products and experiences. The 22-year-old Nigerian has extensive experience with research marketing and he prides himself in leveraging strategic thinking to solve problems.​ Transition into Entrepreneurship​ Damilola recognized the frustration of having brilliant business ideas but not enough money to start or grow the business. Access to financial capital…

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Esther Akin-Ajayi

About Esther​ Esther is a 19-year-old aspiring architect and entrepreneur from Nigeria. She is a junior student studying Architecture in Covenant University.  She is passionate about designing and manufacturing furniture pieces. ​ Transition into Entrepreneurship​ The lockdown served as a catalyst for Esther to start designing furniture. She started posting designs online on social media and to her surprise, some…

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Eneyi Oshi

About Eneyi Eneyi Oshi is a young leader who wants to improve food security. She is an outcome-oriented agri-preneur with knowledge and love for agriculture. With a desire to learn more and ensure she contributed to the sustainable growth of her business pursuits, Eneyi completed short business courses. Transition into Entrepreneurship In the last 5…

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Renata Silva

About Renata Renata Silva is a 19-year-old woman who is passionate about entrepreneurship and fashion. She was born and raised in Angola, then moved to Namibia. Being raised in a business-oriented family, entrepreneurship was always a part of her goals, so when she discovered her love for fashion, she saw an opportunity to transform her…

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Ali Ould Mohamed

About Ali Ould Ali ould Mohamed was born into a modest family in northern Mali in the region of Gao where he completed his primary studies. In 2013, he discovered his leadership potential and his passion to help other people in low-income households. This led him to start his first business which was an association…

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Adama Kanté

About Adama Adama Kanté is a young 22-year-old Malian. He is passionate about inspiring young people to start their own businesses by utilising resources they have access to. Outside of the for-profit ventures that he has started, he is the founder of the Samedis pour l’entrepreneuriat movement in Mali and a representative of an international…

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Martin Masiya

About Martin Martin is a young Malawian entrepreneur and youth leader, passionate about developing his country and creating jobs. His passion for the environment and sustainable development was sparked after his first volunteer experience, when he was 15, for a local waste management charity. During this experience, he helped the charity establish local women-led waste…

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Mahefarivo Thierry Andrianarinoa

About Mahefarivo Passionate about entrepreneurship, Mahefarivo started his career in 2018 by participating in various entrepreneurship competitions. These allowed him to gain new experiences and expand his network while also growing a desire to start and own his own business. Transition into Entrepreneurship When Mahefarivo was 19, he developed his passion for entrepreneurship while at…

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Tafadzwa Chikwereti

About Tafadzwa  Tafadzwa is a 22-year-old entrepreneur and a farmer from Zimbabwe. He is passionate about agriculture and the potential of technology in stabilizing farmers’ financial status. Transition into Entrepreneurship Because Tafadzwa is a farmer and comes from an agricultural family, his passion for agriculture has been growing since he was a kid. He mostly spends…

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Munyaradzi Makosa

About Munyaradzi  Munyaradzi is a 21-year-old entrepreneur and tech enthusiast from Zimbabwe. He is a self-taught marketer and computer programmer. He is passionate about technology and artificial intelligence and their endless capacity in solving African problems. Transition into Entrepreneurship He is a recipient of the Social Entrepreneurship Award from Hult International Business School, Un75 award…

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Viola Kataike 

About Viola Viola is a 21-year-old entrepreneur from Jinja district, Uganda. She is currently studying industrial and organizational psychology at Makerere University. She is passionate about improving the socio-economic and living standards of refugees through providing them with a source of income and nutritional diet. Transition into Entrepreneurship Viola has been passionate about agriculture and wanted to…

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Jovia Nassuna Kintu 

About Jovia Jovia is a 21-year-old entrepreneur from Kambala, Uganda. She is currently a second year at Makerere University studying Industrial and Fine arts. She aims at encouraging men and women to embrace and love their natural African hair and to not use any chemicals to tame it. Transition into Entrepreneurship Jovia’s first venture at…

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Doroles Mihanjo

About Dolores Dolores is a 20-year-old entrepreneur from Kibaha, Tanzania. She is passionate about serving children from impoverished lives to ensure their access to quality education. In order to empower them for a brighter future and potentially become the next African changemakers, she cofounded Maktaba. Transition into Entrepreneurship Dolores is a high school graduate and self-taught computer programmer. She has been…

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Tsantatiana Fideranaharilala Rakotoarimanga

About Tsantatiana Tsantatiana Rakotoarimanga has always been passionate about education and entrepreneurship. He founded his first venture whilst in secondary school selling electronic books online. He has a love for discovering and learning new things. As a result, he decided to relocate to Mauritius from Madagascar in 2016 for post-secondary studies. When applying to study…

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Martin Sure Ondiwa

About Martin  Martin Sure Ondiwa is a 21-year-old university student who is pursuing his undergraduate degree in land surveying at the Technical University of Kenya in Nairobi. He has always considered himself to be entrepreneurial. Having grown up in an agricultural family, Martin’s love for farming was nurtured from an early age. While his peers used their pocket money to…

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Oumar Diogo Sow

About Oumar Oumar Sow is a young entrepreneur from Felian Village in Guinea. It seems that his journey to becoming an entrepreneur was inevitable. From an early age, Oumar was introduced to entrepreneurship through his father who ran a business. With an acute understanding of the ups and downs of entrepreneurship, Oumar wanted to take the risk…

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EXPLORE OUR COMMUNITIES

We have a community for everyone in the Very Young Entrepreneur Ecosystem. Click the links below to find your new community.

In 2021 we decided to take you, fellow young entrepreneurs and champions of young entrepreneurs; on the journey with us to find the Top 26 of the year.

We dubbed this 4 part docu-series, The Quest. Every episode sees our very own Didi and Mfundo traveling to different regions on the continent and meeting these incredible young entrepreneurs.

In the series we learn what motivates these young entrepreneurs and why they are looking forward to being a part of the Anzisha Prize.

Catch up on all the latest episodes today!

APPLICATION SEASON 2022 TIMELINE

Applications open

20 October

Applications close

14 December

Evaluation of applications

Due diligence

May 2022

Finalists announced

JUNE 2022

MEET SOME OF OUR ALUMNI

Every year, we select Africa's youngest entrepreneurs who are running successful businesses and going against the grain. After three years, these entrepreneurs join our alumni network. These are some of their inspirational stories.

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