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How supporting Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs has built my resilience

Nhlawulo Shikwambane, former Anzisha Prize Coordinater, shares lessons she has learned from her time championing Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs. A little over two years ago, I walked into the doors of…

Do peers make better investors for young entrepreneurs’ businesses?

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…

How young people are reshaping entrepreneurship

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. …

Encouraging very young entrepreneurs to use the strength of their weak ties

By Tanya Mutepfa ( Young Entrepreneur Portfolio Manager at The Anzisha Prize) Seven years ago, I came across a book that in my opinion shaped my former years and changed…

What it takes to be a young female entrepreneur in Africa

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…

10 Ways to Encourage Very Young People To be Entrepreneurs

By: Lionel Tarumbwa Young people can be encouraged and inspired towards entrepreneurship the same way they have been traditionally inspired towards careers such as engineering, medicine or accounting. With a…

‘Entrepreneurship can come out of necessity or innovation’ – Kolawole Olajide

Originally appeared in The Africa Report Entrepreneurship is gaining more traction across the African continent as more and more youth are looking to start their own business.  Kolawole Olajide is the…

Smart farming: These apps bring agriculture to the forefront of technology

By: Sisanda Ntshinga Although farming plays such a crucial part in the African economy, it has not been an easily accessible space for consumers or those in the retail space…

Can educators influence entrepreneurship amongst young people?

By: Sisanda Ntshinga Emmanuel Ekeesit (29) is a teacher from Jinja in Uganda and has been teaching English and Literature to seniors in Secondary School for two years. As someone…

Ishimwe gives hope to refugees

Originally appeared in Daily Monitor After losing her father at a young age, Vanessa Ishimwe had to come to terms with growing up in Kyaka II refugee resettlement camp together…

Anzisha Prize Hall of Fame highlights ten successful Africans who embraced entrepreneurship at an early age

Meet the African entrepreneurs whose transitions into entrepreneurship are inspirational pathways for future entrepreneurs. Johannesburg, South Africa – The Anzisha Prize, a partnership with African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation,…

Innovation hubs in universities powering Africa’s young entrepreneurial ecosystems

By Lionel Tarumbwa According to the Accra-based African Center for Economic Transformation, a policy think tank, almost 50% of current university graduates in Africa do not get jobs. African governments…

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