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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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2020 Anzisha Prize applications launch with 10th year celebrations

PRESS RELEASE Johannesburg, South Africa, 17 February 2020 – Today, the Anzisha Prize–Africa’s premier award and fellowship for Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs – is excited to announce that the 2020 call…

Skills deficit main challenge facing young entrepreneurs in Fourth Industrial Revolution

By Daniel Mpala Very young African entrepreneurs could be left out of business opportunities expected to be created by the Fourth Industrial Revolution, because of the skills deficit among youth…

Take young entrepreneurs seriously, say Africa Economic Conference delegates

By Daniel Mpala Young business leaders who attended the Africa Economic Conference in December, have called on governments to take them seriously and recognise their role as engines of growth. In a…

YEEP Africa founder decries lack of investments in youth-led startups in South Africa

By Daniel Mpala Young entrepreneurs are just not getting the support they need — despite the incorporation of the subject in school curriculum, argues Youth Enterprise Exchange Programme (YEEP) Africa…

Where does the fourth industrial revolution leave very young African entrepreneurs?

In this article we explore the level to which the industrialization agenda aligns with both the industries and capabilities of very young entrepreneurs (15-22). The argument presented here is that…

I didn’t let lack of money stop me, says student founder of proptech managing 3500 beds

By Daniel Mpala Ever come up with an innovative idea you were sure would turn into a great business? Did you stop pursuing it because you couldn’t get any funding…

Founder who turned down Microsoft job to grow startup, now expanding to third country

By Daniel Mpala For most software developers getting a job offer from a company like Microsoft is a once-in-a-life-time opportunity that one would literally be crazy to turn down. But…

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs helped me get started, say cosmetics retailer

Coming from a family of entrepreneurs helped me get started, say cosmetics retailer By Daniel Mpala Switch Beauty founder 19-year-old South African Rabia Ghoor grew up surrounded by siblings and a…

Meet the young entrepreneur behind Vmedkit, the Nigerian startup backed by Facebook

By Daniel Mpala At 22 years old, Nigerian Emmanuel Okon is one of a few African innovators whofounded a startup that’s gone on to get backing from Silicon Valley social…

Are you a young aspiring African entrepreneur? Try one of these programmes

By Daniel Mpala For Ghanaian tech entrepreneur Mohammed Sylla taking part in Stars From All Nations’ (SFAN)ReadyForWork programme has helped him make some important changes to his IT consultancy and web…

Quality of entrepreneurs in Anzisha Prize is up tenfold – program’s deputy director

By Daniel Mpala In its nine years the Anzisha Prize has improved in  scouting for top young entrepreneurs — and in so doing the program has seen a “tenfold” improvement in the…

Winning business awards helps provide traction, publicity for student entrepreneurs

By Daniel Mpala From gaining traction, publicity to getting new clients, the inaugural edition of South Africa’s EDHE National Entrepreneurship Intervarsity competition finals have given some of the winners a…

Looking to enter school or university business competitions? Try these

By Daniel Mpala For some experts, like ThreeArrows Impact Partner founder and partner Sawa Nakagawa, pitching competitions are a good way to gain experience presenting to investors. And as Rekindle Learning founder and chair…

Is Africa’s education curriculum too rigid to support young entrepreneurs?

By Daniel Mpala Is the education curriculum currently in use in schools across Africa too rigid to support aspirant young entrepreneurs? About 35 participants at an Anzisha Scenario workshop, which…

Here’s what SA’s top student entrepreneurs are planning for their startups in 2020

By Daniel Mpala As 2019 races to an end, most of us have started scheming what we want to do next year. A 2015 study by Brian McCann and Govert Vroom, which…

Are young Africans getting access to entrepreneurial training early enough?

By Daniel Mpala How soon after they start school should African youth be taught about entrepreneurship? Junior Achievement Africa CEO Elizabeth Bintliff (pictured above) says young Africans are not getting access to…

Award-winning teacher calls for curriculum revamp to prepare learners for business world

By Daniel Mpala African governments must make the way commerce subjects are taught at school more practical for learners — to better equip them for the world of business. So…

NYDA grant helped grow my sales by over 15% says entrepreneur

By Daniel Mpala Thanks to a R38 000 grant from the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA) her company received last year, Nathi Lena has been able to grow sales at her…

How I confronted ‘black tax’ as a young entrepreneur

By Daniel Mpala Every month black professionals must deal with the stress of taking care of the financial needs of not only their immediate but also extended family, in what’s…

Are young Africans getting access to entrepreneurial training early enough?

By Daniel Mpala How soon after they start school should African youth be taught about entrepreneurship? Junior Achievement Africa CEO Elizabeth Bintliff (pictured above) says young Africans are not getting access to…

Africa needs more incubators, accelerators to nurture young entrepreneurs

By Daniel Mpala How best can policy makers on the continent encourage and support young Africans to start and run their own businesses? Young Entrepreneurs Network (YEN) Africa CEO Kamau…

ANZISHA PRIZE ANNOUNCES THEIR TOP 20 YOUNG AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURS FOR 2019

Meet Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs whose ideas are reimagining the future of the continent. Johannesburg, South Africa – After months of searching the African continent, the Anzisha Prize has unveiled its top…

Can entrepreneurial parents inspire their children to follow in their footsteps?

By Daniel Mpala Does it make a difference who your parents are if you’re looking to start a business? To what degree do parent’s influence the chances of a young…

Encourage entrepreneurial mind set at young age to beat joblessness says expert

By Daniel Mpala South Africa’s unemployment rate is sitting at a scary 11-year high. In the second quarter, it stood at 29%, up 1.4 percentage points from the first quarter….

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