Skip to content

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.

Join the movement that is enabling very young Africa entrepreneurs to succeed.

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,…

Anzisha Prize launches mini-documentary series to enable educators around the world to share African entrepreneurship success stories

Educators can now share the journeys of very young African entrepreneurs in the #ItStartsWithYou series that highlights key moments that led to their success 26 August 2020 – Today sees…

5 ways young entrepreneurs are surviving during a crisis

By: Lionel Tarumbwa As feelings of fear, anxiety, and depression escalate among young entrepreneurs, they have found ways to keep their balance during the crisis. These challenges are likely to…

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…

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…

A partnership between

mastercard
ALA