Everyone agrees that entrepreneurship can create jobs

But

not enough resources are provided to young African entrepreneurs.

The Anzisha Prize has responded to this gap in the entrepreneurship ecosystem by offering Very Young Entrepreneurs (VYEs) across Africa seed funding and comprehensive business and individual support to enable them to thrive as business owners.

This Year (2020)

As the Prize celebrates its success, we would like to introduce the 2020 Anzisha Prize finalists who are running businesses in their countries, employing their peers and paving the way for others to do the same.

We received over 1200 applications from across the continent, followed by due diligence visits to 50 shortlisted hopefuls to find our Top 20. Join us on October 27th 5pm CAT (GMT+2) to find out who wins!

Over the past 10 years

122

amazing VYEs selected

2 200

jobs created by VYEs

$7 000 000+

raised in grants & investments

Click on the link below to watch the show at 5pm CAT (GMT+2)

Read below about our Top 20 Finalists from across Africa

Vote for the Viewers Choice award and choose your favourite entrepreneur who is young (15 - 22 years old), African and showing us that young people are changing the world.

Register for the 2020 Anzisha Prize Virtual Conference to see who will win a no-strings-attached $25 000 Grand Prize to grow their business.

Meet this year's Top 20 entrepreneurs

As the Prize celebrates its success, we would like to introduce the 2020 Anzisha Prize finalists who are running businesses in their countries, employing their peers and paving the way for others to do the same.

Mustapha Zeroual, 22

MOROCCO

Founded IA4YOU in 2019 and has created jobs for 4 people full-time, 7 part-time employees

Sector: Information Technology

The Profile

Mustapha is the founder of IA4YOU, a business/social initiative that designs different systems and digital platforms using artificial intelligence. One of its main products/services is a teleconsultation platform that has been used by Morocco’s ministry of health to help track and monitor COVID-19 cases. The business has also created a tracking system for lost/stolen vehicles that is also capable of detecting anomalies

Aseitu Olivia Kipo, 22

GHANA

Founded Kobaa-Ok in 2019 and has created jobs for 8 full-time and 8 part-time employees

Sector: Agriculture Sector

The Profile

Aseitu Olivia Kipo founded an agri-business called Kobaa-Ok Enterprise in 2019. Her company focuses on three elements: (i) The production and sale of fresh vegetables (e.g. cabbage, pepper, cucumber) to hotels and restaurants, wholesalers and to final customers; (ii) processing tomatoes and peppers into powder, and (iii) the provision of training and advisory services for other agri-entrepreneurs with farming businesses. Aseitu Olivia serves ~150 customers/ month.

Omonlola Aniambossou, 21

BENIN

Founded Abiathar Services in 2018 and has created jobs for 2 full-time, 2 part-time employees

Sector: Energy

The Profile

Omonlola Lois founded Abiathar Services, a business that offers installation, monitoring and repair services for owners of electrical appliances such as air conditioners, refrigerators, surveillance cameras, etc. The business also manufactures and sells its own power inverters. It is mostly catering to customers in remote locations of Benin and aims to improve access to electricity and reduce the cost of it through its power inverters.

Ian Khonje, 20

MALAWI

Founded IKFP in 2018 and has created jobs for 3 people full-time, 5 part-time employees.

Sector: Manufacturing

The Profile

Ian Khonje is the founder of an innovative agri-business called Ian khonje food processors (IKFP). His business procures raw baobab from smallholder farmers – both within Malawi and from Mozambique – and produces and packages Baobab jam. This jam is the first of its kind in Malawi, and is sold directly to customers, as well as to wholesalers and to restaurants.

Mohamed Bah, 22

SIERRA LEONE

Founded IFA in 2018 and has created jobs for 3 people full-time and 6 part-time employees

Sector: Environment

The Profile

Mohamed Bah is Founder of the NGO, Information For All (IFA) – Sierra Leone. IFA Sierra Leone, constructs drills and repairs water wells and toilets – enabling water sustainability and hygiene for water deprived communities. One of their main products; named the SL Pump, is compatible with all existing hand pumps and can be installed to any existing water well. To date, they have drilled over 20 wells and provided clean water to over 20 000 people.

Benjamin Mushayija Gisa, 21

RWANDA

Founded Kaso in 2019 and has created jobs for 2 people full-time and 23 part-time employees

Sector: Manufacturing

The Profile

Benjamin is the founder of Kaso, a manufacturing company established in March 2019. His business manufactures and packages natural organic products both for consumption (e.g. honey, tea, oils, baking soda) and for cosmetic purposes (e.g. lotions, bee wax, coconut soap). His products are sold to businesses (supermarkets, pharmacies, shops, etc.) and to final customers. In addition, Benjamin also provides training to other beekeepers in his region, through the Kaso Program.

Joshua Adabie Armah, 22

GHANA

Founded PopKing Ghana in 2018 and has created 2 people full-time jobs for employees

Sector: Consumer Products

The Profile

Joshua Adabie Armah is the CEO of PopKing Ghana LTD, a business which sells fresh popcorn in multiple different flavors to vendors in Ghana. While a simple idea, the business has managed to gain popularity by producing a variety of enjoyable flavors of popcorn, which are sold in malls and streets, with Popking’s upmarket packaging and design. The business has managed to reach over 5000 end consumers in Ghana.

Adjei Nyamekye, 17

GHANA

Founded Emergency LED in 2018 and has created jobs for 5 full-time and 5 part-time employees

Sector: Energy

The Profile

Adjei, is the youngest of our 2020 cohort. She is the founder of the *Mosquito Trapping + Emergency LED Bulbs Initiative, an innovative business in the energy sector. After losing both her biological and non-biological mother to Malaria, Adjei was adamant to solve the problem of Malaria. Her initiative produces and sells state-of-the-art bulbs that provide 12 hours of emergency electricity during power outages and traps mosquitoes.

Wilfred Chege, 20

KENYA

Founded Shulemall in 2018 and has created jobs for 4 full-time and 2 part-time employees

Sector: Retail

The Profile

Wilfred is a co-founder of Shulemall Limited, an e-commerce platform for students in boarding schools. The platform is the first student-specific e-commerce platform in Kenya, sells uniforms, textbooks, stationary, etc. The platform is accessed via a website and a mobile application and identifies students using their school admission numbers. The company does direct-to-school deliveries in sealed courier packages that are trusted by school administrators.

Abdelouahab Toukkart, 22

MOROCCO

Founded Isla Pack in 2018 and has created jobs for 6 full-time and 3 part-time employees

Sector: Manufacturing

The Profile

Abdelouahab is the founder of Isla Pack, a business which processes used industrial paper into boxes and wrappings for confectionary items. The confectionary market in Morocco is massive, with most people enjoying traditional sweets. Isla pack produces and sells sweet and bakery wrappings, supplying over 20 bakeries and sweet vendors with beautiful, great quality packaging at affordable prices. The business supplies over 100 000 sweet boxes monthly.

Mahlatse Matlakana, 22

SOUTH AFRICA

Founded Wozilex in 2017 an agri-business that has created jobs for 6 full-time employees

Sector: Agriculture

The Profile

Mahlatse is the founder of Wozilex, an agri-business that produces and sells vegetables (e.g. cabbage, peppers, spinach, tomatoes, etc.). Wozilex has been operating since 2017 and supplies relatively large quantities of pre-packaged vegetables to wholesalers.

Abdul Dumbuya, 21

SIERRA LEONE

Founded EPHGP in 2017 and has created jobs for 14 full-time and 24 part-time employees

Sector: Agriculture

The Profile

Abdul is the co-founder of a social enterprise that produces raw ginger and processes it into ginger powder. The powder is sold in sachets and is used to make food products such as ginger drinks and gingerbread by both food businesses and households. The social enterprise uses 25% of its generated revenue to support educational programs (e.g. community library, solar power for school children, etc.), which mainly target the children of ginger farmers.

Saly Sarr, 22

SENEGAL

Founded SallyMaa in 2017 and has created jobs for 4 full-time and 2 part-time employees

Sector: Fashion

The Profile

Saly Sarr is the founder of SallyMaa, a fashion brand that designs and manufactures leather accessories such as heels and sandals for women of all ages. The products are mostly sold through an online catalogue, but also through exhibitions. The brand wants to redefine and bring greater attention to the local craft of shoemaking in Senegal.

Frida Nenembou , 20

CAMEROON

Founded Supreme Sparkle in 2018 and has created jobs for 2 full-time and 6 part-time employees

Sector: Fashion

The Profile

Frida is the founder of Supreme Sparkle, a multifaceted business that offers tailoring, salon and spa services. They mostly generate revenue through their hair dressing, manicure/pedicure and make up services, but also through the sale of beauty products (hair oil, mesh, nails) and African fashion dresses

Jonathan Paul Katumba, 22

UGANDA

Founded Minute5 in 2019 and has created jobs for 3 full-time and 3 part-time employees

Sector: Consumer products.

The Profile

Jonathan Paul Katumba founded Minute5- an online grocery delivery service with a focus on fresh farm products. Based in Uganda, Minute5 sources fresh fruits, vegetables, and other produce from small scale farmers and then delivers to consumers and businesses all around the capital city, Kampala.

Alaa Moatamed, 21

EGYPT

Founded Presto delivery platform in 2019 and has created jobs for 11 full-time employees

Sector: Retail

The Profile

Alaa Moatamed is the co-founder of Presto, one of the leading delivery management platforms in Egypt. The venture enables business owners to provide an affordable and convenient delivery service to their customers. Presto mainly caters to small businesses and small women led ventures that don’t yet have the capacity to afford their own delivery agents. To date,  Presto serves 300 stores and merchants in over 2 cities.

Hamidu Ssonka Biha, 22

UGANDA

Founded Biha Eco Venture in 2018 and has created jobs for 8 full-time and 10 part-time employees

Sector: Manufacturing

The Profile

Hamidu Biha, is the founder of Biha Eco Venture, an innovative recycling company that uses poultry eggshells to make various eco friendly products including (i) Eco-Charcoal, which has less carbon and protects consumers from toxic fumes, and (ii) Eco-tiles, which are affordable tiles for low income earners. The business has also developed new products such as the eco-fertilizer and eco-paint, which are expected to generate significant revenue.

David Denis, 22

TANZANIA

Founded Cutoff Recycle in 2018 and has created jobs for 5 full-time and 12 part-time employees

Sector: Environmental

The Profile

David Denis is the founder of Cutoff Recycle, a Tanzanian based human hair waste recycling venture. The business uses human hair waste to produce two main agri-products: pesticide and fertilizer. Further, the venture develops its own hair fiber reinforcement of concrete (HFRC) technology. Human hair fortifies concrete and using that science, David has been able to continually sell the HFRC technology to local bricks works factories in Arusha, Tanzania.

Matina Razafimahefa, 22

MADAGASCAR

Founded Sayna in 2019 and has created jobs for 3 full-time and 1 part-time employee

Sector: Education

The Profile

Sayna is an innovative EdTech venture based in Madagascar. The business sources, trains, and produces highly equipped young Africans in industry-specific digital skills. Founded by Matina Razafimahefa, the venture has expanded its training to Comoros, Ivory Coast, Benin, and Senegal. So far, Sayna has been able to place 80 percent of its talents in the global IT marketplace.

Ijeje Hephzibah, 20

NIGERIA

Founded Recyclift in 2019 and has created jobs for 5 full-time and 1 part-time employee

Sector: Environmental

The Profile

Ijeje Hephzibah is one of the co-founders of Recyclift, a Nigeran based recycling company with the sole focus of recycling plastic bottles and plastic bottle caps. With a B2B model, the venture sorts, compresses, packs, and sells recycled waste to exporters. Currently, Recyclift processes over 8000 kilograms of plastic waste each month and aims to diversity into exports of plastic waste products by the end of 2020.