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The deadline for the Anzisha Prize 2023 Venture Building Fellowship has been extended! Applications close on 9 December 2022.

Applications are available in Arabic, English, French and Portuguese.

Don't forget to download the application guide for a list of eligibility requirements, documents and images needed to submit your application.

Looking forward to reading your applications!

AFRICA'S BIGGEST VENTURE BUILDING FELLOWSHIP 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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Ivo Bonfirm

About Ivo ​ He is a young man who is very dedicated, determined, and bravely decided that college was not for him but rather entrepreneurship. He’s very involved leader and administrator of his business. He wants to upskill his team and encourage youth to explore business, coaching and entrepreneurship. He is an active member and volunteer at his church.…

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Mariana Mahitiko ​

About Mariana​ Like any other little girl, Mariana Mahitiko, the oldest of four children, dreamed of becoming a princess, an actress, a journalist, or a doctor. Today at 22 years old, that dream has evolved to her wanting to become financially independent to support herself and her family. That independent streak was evident from the time she was a teenager…

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Sharon Yayra Alornyeku​

About Sharon​ Sharon, a 20-year-old entrepreneur from Ghana, is currently an undergraduate LLB student at Central University. In five years, she hopes to be a qualified lawyer, with a thriving clothing store with branded items. When she is not focusing on her business or her studies, she enjoys writing, music, poetry, novels, photography, styling, fashion blogging, reading, and…

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Joseph Ssempebwa

About Joseph Born in Iganga District in eastern Uganda, 22-year-old Joseph grew up in a family of farmers. What he learned from this community would eventually position him to start his own business in the agricultural sector. Joseph prides himself on his communication and problem-solving skills, which have enabled him to take on various leadership…

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Mohamed Mahmoud

About Mohamed ​ Mohamed is a student at the Academy of Science and Technology, studying software engineering. He is extremely passionate and loves to play football. ​     ​ Business Profile ​ Maweheb is an app that connects talented soccer players with sports clubs and talent scouts. The app is a platform where businesses (sports clubs and talent scouts) and individuals (players)…

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Mahmoud Ali Soltan

About Mahmoud​ Mahmoud, a 22 years old entrepreuner from Egypt, is currently a student at the Faculty of Software Engineering, Beijing College of Information Technology, China. He is passionate about providing overseas learning opportunities to young people and students of all ages to help them achieve their goals and dreams. ​ ​ Transition into Entrepreneurship​ Because Mahmoud earned multiple scholarships to study abroad…

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Bassim-swé Hugues BAMASS

About Bassim-swe​ Bassim-swé Hugues BAMASSI, a 21-years old entrepreneur from Togo. ​ ​ Transition into Entrepreneurship​ Hugues Bassim-swé BAMASSI was born to a taxi driver father and a cook mother. He lost his father when he was young, which cost him his childhood because he had to work as an ambulant salesman to support himself. He was passionate about medicine and…

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N’zinga António

About ​ N’zinga comes from the province of Luanda in Angola. She is a pastry chef and currently in university studying Accounting and Administration. ​​ Business Profile ​ Confeitaria Gailza is a small bakery that specializes in selling cakes and pastry products. The venture also provides training to customers in pastry making and baking. It caters for birthdays, weddings, and other various functions. Confeitaria not only…

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Willine Ikirezi

About Willine ​ Born and raised in Kicukiro, Willine is the co-founder and Managing Director at DotPharma Ltd, located in her mother country of Rwanda. She graduated with a degree in Healthcare Management with a concentration in Global Perspectives from Southern New Hampshire University and has over four years of experience working as a social advocate through storytelling, poetry, and public…

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Amina Nakiboneka

About Amina​ Amina, a 19 years old entrepreneur from Uganda, recently completed Form 4 earning first grade credits in Uganda Certificate Examinations (UCE). She is passionate about health and helping people and hopes to study medicine and surgery at university. ​ ​ ​ Transition into Entrepreneurship​ In 2017-2019, when Amina noticed her cousins and other youth in her community are unemployed after graduating university, it…

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Baké Faouziyatou Bani

About Baké Faouziyatou Bani ​ Bake is a 20-year-old entrepreneur from Benin. From an early age, she was interested in agriculture and ensuring people have access to organic and healthy produce. She currently holds a diploma in tropical agricultural studies, nutrition, and food technology. Baké is passionate about entrepreneurship and women empowerment and hopes to encourage Beninese people to view locally farmed produce as something they…

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Abdulwhab Mohamed

About Abdulwhab ​ Abdulwhab is a hard worker and a big believer in youth empowerment. He is a mechanical power senior graduate. He aims to impact youth, encourage them to explore entrepreneurship and train them as well. ​   ​ Transition into Entrepreneurship ​ Abdulwhab believes hard work gets you everything, and so he had many summer jobs and participated in…

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Gustave Ola Tunde CHABILAKOUN

About Gustave ​ Gustave is a 22-year-old entrepreneur from Benin who holds a degree in social science. He was exposed to entrepreneurship at an early age by his aunt, who was an entrepreneur and taught him the ins and outs of business management. As a young boy, he was always interested in agronomy, which led him to start his…

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Aminata Becanty Coulibaly

About Aminata​ Aminata is a 22-year-old Ivorian entrepreneur who is currently pursuing a degree in marketing and management. She has a passion for equality and ensuring women in rural areas are financially independent by helping them build thriving sustainable businesses. Aminata is a visionary leader that has clear, smart objectives she wants to achieve. ​ Transition into Entrepreneurship ​ From…

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Abubakar Sadick Fuseini

About Abubakar ​ Abubakar is a 22-year-old entrepreneur who is currently studying Technology in Procurement and Supply chain management at Kumasi Technical University in Ghana. He is passionate about solving some of Africa’s biggest issues through technology and hopes that other young people are inspired to start their own entrepreneurial journey. ​ Transition into Entrepreneurship ​ Abubakar’s entrepreneurial journey…

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Vanessa Fongwa Ngwi

About Vanessa ​ At 21 years old, a university student and fashion enthusiast, Vanessa Fongwa Ngwi is a young entrepreneur from Cameroon. Vanessa’s passion for fashion led her down this entrepreneurial path. With her strong critical thinking skills and open-mindedness, Vanessa co-founded Papylon, a fashion brand, with her sister who is a model. She is the CEO and sees to the day-to-day…

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Délali Yawa Salvatoris Andrea MAGNON

About Délali ​ Délali is a 21-year-old entrepreneur from Togo who currently attends the University of Lome and is a science and biology major. After noticing that people in her community had poor access to healthy foods, she decided she wanted to be integral in improving the take action and improving the food options available by creating her business Ladies Delight. Her dream is…

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Lynnet Muritu​

About Lynnet​ Hailing from the Kenyan capital, 21-year-old Lynnet is an architecture student with interests ranging from creative design and business to social and economic justice. She envisions a world where Kenyans in low-income communities can acquire means towards social mobility and economic liberation.​ Transition into Entrepreneurship​ Lynnet’s desire to contribute to and transform her community has fueled…

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Angela Andriantsoa Razafindravonona​

About Angela ​ An INSCAE graduate with a Bachelor of Business Administration, 21-year-old Angela Andriantsoa Razafindravonona is currently in her fourth year of a Commerce and Marketing distance learning course with UPRIM. Her love of her beautiful native Madagascar has inspired her to want to make the world a better place. Being a firm believer in dreaming big and achieving your goals,…

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Collins Kathuli

About Collins​ At 20 years old, Collins Kathuli is enthusiastic about fintech and passionate about business and technology. Collins exhibits strong leadership qualities, and it is these leadership qualities that have allowed him to successfully co-found and lead Kyanda, a fintech company incorporated in Kenya. In his role as co-founder and CEO, Collins oversees Kyamda’s operations, including business development and strategy. He leads the…

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Upendo Ngussa​

About Upendo​ Growing up in rural Tanzania and experiencing the challenges of energy access, Upendo, a 22-year-old entrepreneur, decided to engage in a social entrepreneurship journey to serve women by allowing easier, sustainable, clean energy alternatives. At the same time, she hopes to contribute to solving climate change threats that are now visibly affecting us all.  She…

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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 2023 TIMELINE

Applications open

24 October

Applications close

27 November

Evaluation of applications

Assignments

May 2023

Finalists announced

JULY 2023

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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