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Are you a very young African Entrepreneur Trying To Grow Your Business?

Have you created something that makes your community better and provides you and your friends with an income? Are you solving challenges with smart solutions that are in demand? Each year, we select 20 leading youth entrepreneurs like you to become Anzisha Prize Fellows.

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.


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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.

Read Our Latest Report: Unlocking Africa's Hidden Job Creators

Entrepreneurship has always been core to African Leadership Academy’s (ALA) DNA: a founding belief of our partner institution and a central pillar of their curriculum. Over the past ten years, in partnership with ALA and Mastercard Foundation, we have sought to build an ecosystem that drives entrepreneurship and economic growth through young people.

In this pursuit, we’ve just completed an exciting piece of work that reflects on the lessons we have learned from supporting 142 very young entrepreneurs building businesses across Africa since 2010. These businesses have created over 2,500 jobs - with 60% of these going to peers under 25 years old. Watch the video below to find out more about the report.


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