July 2017 Newsletter

Anzisha Prize Monthly Digest

July 2017 Edition

Greetings from Johannesburg,

It is officially winter in South Africa, but our hearts are smiling even in this cold after a great and successful Anzisha Prize selection season. We initially sought out to find top 15 of Africa’s youngest and best entrepreneurs and we have found them from all regions of the continent. We cannot wait to welcome them to what will be sunny South Africa and more importantly to the Fellowship.

As you all know, Anzisha seeks to select, celebrate and support young African entrepreneurs. Therefore, we are now in celebration mode for the next few months, Celebrating not only the current achievements of the incoming cohort, but continuing to celebrate the great strides that the Anzisha Fellow pool are making in their businesses and in impacting Africa.

We invite  entrepreneur support organisations to join the regional and national celebration events that will be happening in the countries with the new Anzisha finalists. To participate or even host a celebration event for the incoming cohort, please contact our Ecosystem Engagement Associate, Sihle Magubane on smagubane@africanleadershipacademy.org. Help us celebrate and welcome in the new cohort of Anzisha Fellows.

Yours in Entrepreneurship,

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.Mixed Livelihoods: an increasing option for African Entrepreneurs
Mixed livelihoods refers to the ability for young African youth to move in and out of different formal and informal experiences as opportunities present themselves. This article focuses on how young Africans pursue a variety of income sources as they try to navigate the world of unemployment. Read more…
2. How to find and keep good employees (when you can’t pay more  money)
Competing for and maximising scarce resources is part of daily operations in SMMEs. Like natural and capital resources, human resources are not available in unlimited quantities. For these small businesses looking to attract and retain good talent, there is a need for creativity and sacrifice.Read More…
3. Three fundamental actions for youth entrepreneurship support in Africa Whilst there has been a steady rise in entrepreneurial activity over the past decade,youth entrepreneurs remain largely unsupported and unbankable.The entrepreneurial support ecosystem needs to take a few basic actions to ensure impact. Read More…
Recommended Articles to Read
The Ultimate Cheat Sheet for creating a winning sales deck 

Learn how to put together a comphrehensive and effective sales pitch deck from Donna Griffit who is  over 14 years, has helped hundreds of startups and VC’s around the world raise hundreds of millions of dollars by creating stellar pitches and investment materials that compel and propel.

My Experience as an African Entrepreneur in Managing Difficult Situations.
Anzisha Fellow, Farai Munjoma shares advice on  how to tackle the five top problems that entrepreneurs face. He shares tips on what to do when a key company employee leaves, when a new competitor comes up and how to deal with uncertainty and more.
Anzisha Prize Fellows Spotlight
Many congratulations to  Benedict Kusi AmpofoAnzisha Fellow and 2016 finalist from Ghana, who has been selected to attend World Water Week in Stockholm from the 27th August to 01 September 2017.  He  has also been selected for  a medical clerkship opportunity at the University of Michigan Medical School from September.We wish him the best  on his journey!
Two Anzisha Fellows- Andrew Ddembe and David Mwendele  will  be starting their entrepreneurship internship opportunities with companies in their industry to improve their strategic, operational, marketing and financial management skills whilst building networks.
2016 Anzisha Fellow and Entrepreneur Tahina Randriarimanana met with President Hery Rajaonarimampianina and discussed a range of issues from the economy to entrepreneurship. HVM France commended Tahina on his depth of understanding of social and economic issues.  You can watch Tahina’s meeting with the president here.
Opportunities for Youth
1. Pan African Awards for Entrepreneurship in Education
The Pan-African Awards rewards projects which are using enterprise and entrepreneurship to innovate in the field of education. The awards are generously supported by The Saville Foundation, a charitable foundation based in South Africa. Teach A Man To Fish manage the awards using their expertise in enterprise education and highlight inspirational models and projects through their large network of educational organisations and schools.Entrepreneurial approaches to education can mean:
1. Teaching entrepreneurial and workplace skills to young people AND/OR,
2. Using alternative and innovative methods to fund education.
Application Deadline: 14  August 2017
2. IDEX Global  Accelerator Fellowship for Social Entrepreneurs 2018

IDEX is a six month fellowship designed to help aspiring social entrepreneurs. The 2018 program will take place in Bangalore, India from January to June.Candidates must possess the minimum qualifications to be eligible for the IDEX Fellowship:

  • Have a Bachelor, Masters or Graduate Degree (in any field) prior to start of program
  • Ability to perform in a high pressure environment
  • Be proficient in English (both written and spoken)
  • Can obtain an India Business visa for a minimum of six months
  • Have a minimum of 1 to 3 years of professional work experience
  • Have excellent listening and communication skills (written and verbal)

Application Deadline: 30 September 2017

3. Brightest Young Minds 2017 Summit

Brightest Young Minds (BYM) is a 17-year old non-profit company that exists to create a positive social impact by identifying, connecting and mobilising 100 high-impact leaders between the ages of 20 – 35 across the African continent for an annual 5-day summit. #BYM2017 will take place from the Sep 24, 2017 – Sep 29, 2017 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Delegates need to make arrangements for their own travel to the Summit however, all Summit costs including food, lodging and transportation costs will be covered.
Early application deadline:
Jul 28, 2017 23:59 (UTC +02:00)

This application deadline applies to all applicants who will require a South African visa to attend #BYM2017.

Late application deadline:
Aug 4, 2017 23:59 (UTC +02:00)

This application deadline is open for applicants who will not require  a visa.


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