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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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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…

Doing business with friends: Does it work?

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…

Young African Changemakers Tackling Joblessness In Africa

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…

Prioritizing connectedness and curriculum with young entrepreneurs

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…

Sustainable SMMEs key to Africa’s economic revival

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…

New Report suggests the creation of 1M job opportunities by 2030 on the horizon for unemployed African youth

[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…

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…

2020’s biggest entrepreneurial lessons

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…

Nine Valuable Lessons from a Successful Young Entrepreneur

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…

2021 Anzisha Prize Applications open as need for job creation soars during pandemic

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…

What should educators know about Entrepreneurial Leadership?

By Oluwabusola Majekodunmi (Staff member of Entrepreneurial Leadership Faculty at African Leadership Academy) Many have wondered why Entrepreneurial Leadership (EL) is one of the core subject taught at African Leadership Academy(ALA)….

Very young social entrepreneurs – critical agents of change for Africa’s growth

By Neil Butcher and Associates African populations are rapidly increasing in numbers. This means that these populations are getting younger and that existing challenges, such as unemployment, are also likely…

Young entrepreneurs will break the dominance of ageing farming population in Africa

By Dolapo Adeyanju Pretty much every plate of food in Africa comes with the hard work and sweat of a bunch of ageing smallholder farmers stuck in the remote, rural…

3 Young Agripreneurs who have proven Agribusiness as a Profitable Career Choice

By Dolapo Adeyanju “I mentioned to my uncle who is a farmer that I would like to go into farming, he rejected the idea and said none of his kids…

Celebrating its tenth year, the Anzisha Prize awards its top honour to 21-year-old Egyptian entrepreneur

Johannesburg, South Africa – insert date of distribution – With a pool of talented finalists from more than 15 African countries, the 2020 Anzisha Prize – the premier award for…

Celebrate 10 years of the Anzisha Prize on October 27th

Join us as we announce this year’s Anzisha Prize winners while looking back at the last ten years and re-imagining the future of supporting very young entrepreneurs in Africa Register…

5 lessons learnt from supporting very young entrepreneurs

(Previous Anzisha Managers’ perspectives) By: Dolapo Adeyanju Young entrepreneurs’ journeys are shaped by many interrelated factors, one of which includes working closely with program managers, educators, and investors.  While investors…

What makes the 2020 Anzisha finalists special?

By: Lionel Tarumbwa In light of the pandemic, it has become apparent that the world needs businesses that are community-focused and agile.  The makeup of the top 20 finalists this…

Anzisha Top 20: Inside the Selection Process and the Pandemic Effect

By: Lionel Tarumbwa The coronavirus pandemic has had an impact on how business and organisations operate. This year’s Anzisha Top 20 selection process was no exception to the disruption of…

The Innovative Side of Agriculture: How young African Entrepreneurs are Reinventing Farming

By: Dolapo Adeyanju Africa is currently experiencing a surge in digital technologies and services across many sectors. As this digital revolution forges ahead, with radical changes observed in production, processing,…

Is Agripreneurship only meant for men?

By: Dolapo Adeyanju Working in the agricultural sector is quite challenging. The tedious nature of the work coupled with limited policy and institutional support has led many to snub a…

Anzisha Prize announces top 20 very young African entrepreneurs as part of 10th year celebration

17 September 2020 – The Anzisha Prize has revealed its top 20 finalists for 2020. Winners will be announced at this year’s Anzisha Prize Conference on the 27th of October,…

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