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By Dolapo Adeyanju It’s no secret that some businesses fail. It’s a bumpy ride that is often lonely and sometimes yields no results. Is this even more true for young entrepreneurs? Kevin Kibet – a 25-year-old social entrepreneur from Kenya and an Anzisha Prize fellow who is changing that narrative summarized his experience as a “roller coaster ride.” …

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Natalie Moyo joined the Anzisha team in early 2021. As a Portfolio Manager, she works closely with the young entrepreneurs in the fellowship. In this article, she reflects on what she has learned while coaching Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs.  Having recently joined the Anzisha Prize team, I have had to learn and unlearn a couple of things to effectively support our cohort of very young African…

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Here’s how young African entrepreneurs are solving youth unemployment with their peers. By Lionel Tarumbwa A lot has been said in the past about entrepreneurs and relationships, particularly starting a business with peers. The popular perception has been greater odds of success are found in people willing to forgo their friendships. We looked into this…

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Article originally appears on Africa.com Sub-Saharan Africa is a region of the world confronted with both high unemployment and underemployment, issues that prohibit the move from poverty into wealth. These factors are particularly prevalent among the subcontinent’s young people – in fact, according to The World Bank, 60% of all those unemployed on the continent are…

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By Thokoza Mjo (Program Lead at The Anzisha Prize) Over 10 years ago, we started the Anzisha Prize by recognising that Africa’s future will be shaped by young people who commit each day to think differently, break boundaries and choose to do hard things. Every year, the Anzisha Prize conducts an extensive search across the…

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Five important things young entrepreneurs must know to attain business sustainability Many entrepreneurs, especially those who are young and inexperienced, have very little understanding of the concept of sustainability in business. In Africa particularly, with startups largely run by very young and inexperienced people, the problem is quite prevalent. However, because youth entrepreneurship is generally…

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[Press Release] Anzisha Prize, mastercard foundation and African Leadership Academy have released a Report highlighting key lessons learned to navigate a future where youth are job creators Johannesburg, South Africa – Young people’s inexperience is perhaps their greatest asset for being successful entrepreneurs who create jobs for their peers. This is according to a new…

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by Melissa Mbazo-Ekpenyong, Deputy Director of the Anzisha Prize programme; and Belinda Munemo is the Founder & CEO of Reekworth According to the World Bank, Africa is the only region in the world with more female than male entrepreneurs. One in four African women start or manage a business, many of them in the informal…

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By Sisanda Ntshinga The last year has been nothing short of challenges and many businesses have had to take a step back and re-evaluate how they do things. Some Anzisha fellows shared some of their biggest business lessons in 2020 and how those lessons have helped their businesses grow. 22-year-old Olivia Kipo is the founder…

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By Dolapo Adeyanju Necessity and passion are two common phenomena in the Entrepreneurial world. While some people don’t set out to be entrepreneurs, some are determined from a young age never to wear a white collar or seek formal employment. Meet Mahmood Oyewo, a 28-year-old and Forbes 30-under-30 Entrepreneur from Lagos, Nigeria. He is the…

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Press Release – 15 February 2021 The Anzisha Prize launched the 2021 call for Africa’s biggest award for young entrepreneurs between, 15 and 22. Applications have now opened for the latest cohort, with successful entrepreneurs standing a chance to win a shared prize of US$100 000 and join the prestigious Anzisha Prize fellowship program. As the…

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