June 2017 Newsletter

Anzisha Prize Monthly Digest

June 2017 Edition

Warm greetings from Johannesburg,

Welcome to our latest newsletter, the sixth for this year, all of which we hope have helped to keep you updated on our latest news and provide you with vital entrepreneurship tips and advice.

Over the last month, Anzisha has been busy with the recruitment of the next cohort of young African business leaders to celebrate and accelerate. With application reading over, we are now travelling across 15 African countries to conduct Due Diligence visits. We are excited to meet the new candidates for the Fellowship. Every year we are amazed by the quality of applications that we receive. It is encouraging to read applications about young entrepreneurs who are fighting to be successful and be change makers through the challenges and the obstacles that they face. For example there is a young female entrepreneur in Liberia who creates natural hair products in her back yard to sell to the woman in her community. Her hope is to promote natural beauty and provide women with the skills and products to love their hair.

Travelling across the continent has also inspired us to write thought leadership around the topics that are relevant and important to young entrepreneurs. This month, our articles focus on how young business owners can use marketing as a tool to improve their businesses and how they can use lean thinking to create more value for their customers. We look forward to learning more about youth in business as we visit more businesses and sharing the knowledge that we gain.

We have also been busy with the annual Anzisha Magazine which will be a practical and informative issue for budding and growing entrepreneur.  Keep reading our newsletters for updates on our fellows, opportunities for youth and more!

With gratitude,
The Anzisha Prize Team

Thought Leadership from the Team
Every month we share resources, reports, articles and various content that you may use within your various programs. Please see below content written by our team:
1. Is Your Marketing Bringing Results?
How much do you spend on your marketing activities each month? For many small businesses, this is an unfamiliar number, although your financial statements might reveal that you are in fact spending some money on marketing. Read more…
2. 17 Big Bets for a better world – and how Anzisha has put its stake on one big one 
The Anzisha Prize team attended the launch reception of Dalberg’s book titled 17 Big Bets for a Better World. The Book is an amalgamation of contributions by preeminent thinkers on ideas that could impact progress towards the Goals for Sustainble Development adopted by the United Nations General Assembly. Read more…
3. Should Young Entrepreneurs be Lean Thinking? Lean thinking has become a prominent topic of discussion since the popularisation of the Toyota Way as a form of operations management. The two have become increasingly synonymous where organisations speak of adopting a more efficient system of creating value in an organisation by removing unnecessary non- value adding activities. Read more…
Recommended Articles to Read
Finding the right Platform for your Product
Find out what multi-sided platforms are and how Five of the 10 most valuable companies in the world today—Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Facebook, and Microsoft—derive much of their worth from them Read more…
Youth Entrepreneurship Support Organisation Spotlight

PEREX-CVPEREX-CV is a Congolese NGO/ Grassroots organization that supports other local initiatives. Their mission is to contribute to the pacification and development of the DR Congo by the sustainable training of adult and youth ex-combatants as well as other vulnerable members of local communities.

This month Perex-CV hosted an Anzisha Prize hackathon, as shown in the picture, where they brought together a diverse group of young people (15-22 years old), for a day to come up with a solution to a problem.

The Anzisha Prize entrepreneurship hackathons are unique because they do not focus solely on the coding aspect of a hackathon, but rather on a fully developed solution–meaning young people from across the city will come together to create solutions to a problem/ challenge that has been identified. The goal is to create a product or service that would be consumer ready or feasible to achieve in the real world. It’s more than just an app for a game that you can play on your phone, it’s that start of a business.

Anzisha Prize Fellows Spotlight
Domithila Silayo is a 2013 Anzisha Fellow from Tanzania who has been selected for the 2017 Nelson Mandela Washington Fellowship. Dommy is currently in the United States completing the 6 week Fellowship training.
Dommy is joined by an ALA Alumni entrepreneur also from Tanzania and YES-U participant, Julius James Shirima. We wish both of them all the best in their training.
2015 Fellow and Nigerian entrepreneur Chris Kwekowe had the opportunity to participate in this year’s Due Diligence process as an evaluator. He visited three shortlisted entrepreneurs in Kaduna, Nigeria to conduct due diligence that will aid Anzisha in the selection process.We are excited to see Fellows grow and we are looking to hear from Chrisabout his experience in this year’s process.
Congratulations to 2014  Fellow and Ugandan entrepreneur Noah Walakira who is the winner of the 2017 Glasgow Caledonian University – Magnus Magnusson Award worth £5000.

The award is presented to students or researchers who have demonstrated achievement in their chosen area, knowledge, understanding and impact as well as a clear plan to take it forward, after shortlisting and panel presentations.

Opportunities for Youth
1. World Summit Awards for Innovators
Open to youth taking action on the SDG’s (  strictly for people under 30)The WSA Young Innovators call is eligible for projects that:Are developed by young innovators under the age of 30
Offer digital solutions to any of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
Deliver content rich digital solutions to the user including individuals, businesses and organisations
have a strong digital component: websites,apps, sms based solutions, IoT, wearables etc.
are market ready or already launched on the market – no ideas or concepts are eligible

Application Deadline: 31 August 2017

2. Visiola Foundation Coding Bootcamp
Coding bootcamp by the Visiola Foundation  ( and Google) for African Girls which will run from July 17 to August 19.  The bootcamp is free for eligible Applicants.  must take Aptitude Test by 08 July.Application Deadline: 08 July 2017
3. Hogan Lovells Community Solar Innovation Awards
The Community Solar Innovation Awards 2017 recognizes and supports outstanding eco-inclusive businesses and not-for-profit organizations in developing countries that use solar energy or technologies to benefit lives in poor communities.Application Deadline: 16 August 2017
4. Mastercard Foundation’s Start Path Global
Helps later stage e-commerce and fintech start ups  scale their businesses. Some key features include:
6 month virtual program (take part from your home location)
2 immersion weeks at different cities
No upfront equity in exchange for participationApplication Deadline:  1 August 2017
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