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The #AnzishaEffect

Key to our work is to share stories of very young entrepreneurs, their community of supporters and how they are transforming the future. This is now known as the #AnzishaEffect. We publish a monthly email newsletter along with this blog and other publications that track this journey.

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‘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…

Pandemic defines a new direction for pitch competitions in Africa

By Dolapo Adeyanju “Virtual means borderless and this gives us a golden opportunity to unite the world of start-ups in online travel” – Siew Hoon, founder of WiT Start-up Pitch…

The future of work and the pivotal role of youth entrepreneurship in Africa

By Melissa Mbazo – Ekpenyong The “Future of Work” refers to changes occurring within current socio-economic; workplace and workforce systems, affecting both present and future functioning of these ecosystems. It…

Do you have what it takes to be an entrepreneur?

By Dolapo Adeyanju In 2019, Anzisha Prize joined other notable delegates across the globe in Sham El Sheik, Egypt for the African Economic Conference on “Jobs, Entrepreneurship and Capacity Development…

How young African female entrepreneurs are defying the odds

By Lionel Tarumbwa Businesses started by very young women are likely to start from a lower base than those started by their male counterparts. However, Africa’s very young women are…

How young entrepreneurs are unlocking finance in a harsh investment climate

By Lionel Tarumbwa The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCTA) is set to create one of the world’s largest markets with 1.2-billion consumers and a total GDP of $2.5-trillion. It…

Nigerian start-up and Anzisha Fellow develops app to track Covid-19 cases in Nigeria

By: Dolapo Adeyanju During these challenging times, where there is generally a lot of misinformation and information asymmetry around COVID-19 issues, the tech world has become a reputable solution ground to…

This entrepreneur shows how young business owners can make a difference in their communities and inspire others to do the same

By: Sisanda Ntshinga Growing up Bulelani Njobe spent a lot of time with his grandmother who owned a store in Langa township in Cape Town, and that was his first…

Re-purposing travel and event funding toward COVID-19 relief

By: Josh Adler I want to be clear — this is not a debate on whether conferencing, travel and events are the best ways for non-profits to spend money for…

New research points toward an investment in VERY YOUNG entrepreneurs to unlock peer-to-peer driven employment growth.

25 May 2020 – Investments in supporting successful transitions from school and university directly to entrepreneurship could unlock significant employment gains in Africa, this is according to a new research…

Rediscovering your entrepreneurial spirit during a crisis

By Lionel Tarumbwa History has proved that periods of crisis are great breeding grounds for innovation and developments that propel our society ahead. The current pandemic has presented an opportunity…

Anzisha Prize tackles COVID-19

By: Sisanda Ntshinga The coronavirus has brought with it a lot of uncertainty and has left us all feeling vulnerable. This is true even more so for young entrepreneurs who…

Here is a glimpse into the 2020 Anzisha Prize applications

Every year we open up our applications portal and receive hundreds of applications from very young entrepreneurs across the continent. Although it has been 10 years of celebrating Africa’s youngest…

African Governments look to increase number of young entrepreneurs

By: Dolapo Adeyanju The over-dependence of African youths on formal employment has become quite alarming, given the declining job opportunity in the formal sector. Thus, meeting the Sustainable Development Goal…

Government intervention for entrepreneurs around COVID-19

By: Sisanda Ntshinga With the current COVID-19 pandemic around the world, many businesses are struggling to keep their doors open, and entrepreneurs all over Africa are dependent on the different…

Is the success of young African entrepreneurs up to government?

By: Dolapo Adeyanju A typical entrepreneurial journey is one not devoid of highs and lows, laced with a lot of ‘luck’, and an enabling environment bolstered by favourable policies. However,…

The rise of peer-to-peer Employment

By: Dolapo Adeyanju With the increasing rate of youth unemployment in Africa, there is consensus that the formal sector is incapable of absorbing the ever-growing population of young job seekers…

Celebrating 10 Years of Anzisha

By: Sisanda Ntshinga The Anzisha Prize takes things forward by looking back at how far it’s come showcasing its shared achievements with fellows, partners and various stakeholders It has been…

8 entrepreneurial lessons from Anzisha fellow Kola Olajide

By: Sisanda Ntshinga Peer to peer learning is one of the best ways to understand any sector and our fellows are always sharing insights to ensure that other entrepreneurs grow…

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