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The Anzisha Prize is Africa’s biggest award for her youngest entrepreneurs aged 15 - 22 years, and hands out over USD $140,000 every year in business support and prize money to very young entrepreneurs from all over the continent

Applications for the 2022 are now closed.

For over 10 years, the Anzisha Prize has championed and supported over 140 Very Young Entrepreneurs throughout the African continent.

If you are a young African Entrepreneur trying to grow a small business or you’ve created something that provides you and your friends with an income - then we look forward to receiving your application in our 2023 cycle (dates will be announced in due course).

Become a role model and inspire other young entrepreneurs to make a difference in their communities and Africa as a whole.

By applying to the Anzisha Prize you stand a chance to win a share of $140 000 in cash prizes and business support for your business.

Africa’s future lies in your hands and we want to celebrate your potential to grow your country’s economy and create jobs.

Keep following the Anzisha Prize for updates on our 2022 program.


Important Dates for the 2022 Application Cycle

20 October 2021 - Applications Open
30 November 2021 - Applications Close

14 December 2021 - Extended Deadline - Applications Close

January - March 2022 - Phone Interviews, Assignments and Due Diligence visits
April 2022 - Announcement of Top 26
August 2022 - Anzisha Prize Induction

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The Anzisha Prize is a venture building fellowship program that has successfully supported and championed very young entrepreneurs for over 10 years.

The fellowship is a three year program that celebrates and rewards business growth.

During the course of the three years, the program will track the performance of the business and the entrepreneur. Businesses that show exemplary growth and initiative are rewarded with benefits and services such as short courses, cloud services and cash stipends.

At the end of the second year, entrepreneurs will pitch their businesses and successes for a chance to win their share of prizes to the value $140 000.

The Grand Prizes are split into 4 categories

  • The Job Creation Prize
  • Revenue Growth Prize
  • Storytelling Prize
  • Integrating Systems and Processes Prize

At the end of the three year fellowship, the fellows will graduate and join the Anzisha Prize alumni network.

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Eligibility Requirements
  1. You must be between 15 and 22 years old with an ID document or Passport to present as evidence. Anyone born before September 1, 1998 or after August 31, 2006, will not be considered.
  2. You must be a national of an African country with a business based in Africa for African customers/beneficiaries.
  3. The Anzisha Prize isn’t awarded for great ideas or business plans – you must have already started, and be able to prove it! Get started now and ensure you have tangible results to share before applications open.
  4. Your business, invention or social project can be in any field or industry (science and technology, civil society, arts and culture, sports, etc.). Any kind of venture is welcome to apply.
  5. Individuals who apply must be one of the founding members of a business (for example, 2 or 3 co-founders who started up the project together).
Judging Criteria
Anzisha Prizes
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