Why apply for the Anzisha Prize? Past finalists share how they benefited

Applications for the Anzisha Prize, Africa’s premier award for its youngest entrepreneurs, are now open for 2014 and will be accepted until April 1. The award is looking for African entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22 who have started and are actively running innovative social ventures or for-profit businesses with potential.

Anzisha Prize winners

In addition to over US$75,000 in cash prizes up for grabs, 12 finalists will win an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa to be a part of a week-long entrepreneurship workshop and conference at the prestigious African Leadership Academy in Johannesburg.

The Anzisha Prize judging panel is looking for ventures that demonstrate ingenuity, scale and positive impact. Thirty-three fellows have been selected since the awards were first held in 2011.

But why should you apply for this year’s Anzisha Prize? Besides the opportunity to win large cash prizes that can help young entrepreneurs expand their businesses, all past finalists of the Anzisha Prize have also benefited from media exposure, mentorship, access to business networks, and/or funding.

How we made it in Africa spoke to some of last year’s fellows to find out how being one of the 12 Anzisha Prize finalists has benefited them, and why other young entrepreneurs should apply for the award this year.

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