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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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How Anzisha Scenario project aims to change way Africa supports young entrepreneurs

Written by: Daniel Mpala Africa’s youth could hold the key to the continent’s future — but the continent’s high joblessness makes it critical that more are involved in entrepreneurship. Yet…

The Anzisha Scenario – A future where students of high potential choose entrepreneurship as a career

April 15, 2019, will hopefully mark the day a new phrase enters popular discourse about how our economic futures could play out. The term “4th Industrial Revolution” has come to…

Two Anzisha fellows recognised as emerging leaders for the Skoll World Forum 2019

Skoll World Forum 2019: Recognizing Emerging Leaders Ariane Campbell and Erin Harrington 19 March 2019 As we look forward to next month’s Skoll World Forum, the Skoll Foundation and the Mastercard Foundation are…

The Very Young Entrepreneur Education & Acceleration Summit – what to expect

By Daniel Mpala Are you curious about how African schools and universities are tackling education around entrepreneurship, or interested to know how the continent is celebrating and supporting young entrepreneurs?…

This Ugandan entrepreneur is out to prove that social enterprises can be profitable

By Daniel Mpala Twenty-one-year old Joan Nalugeba’s dreams of a world without malaria — and the Ugandan entrepreneur believes her company’s mosquito repellent soap will do just that, while proving…

From just $20 in seed capital Sierra Leonean teen creates thriving business

By Daniel Mpala For many it is impossible to think of starting a business without having thousands of dollars in seed capital. Not so for Alhaji Siraj Bah. At 18…

Want to start a business? Focus on what you know says Anzisha Prize winner

By Daniel Mpala Has the entrepreneurial bug bit? Looking to start a business? Melissa Bime, the 22-year-old Cameroonian health entrepreneur who won last year’s edition of the Anzisha Prize says young entrepreneurs…

10 Highlights from the 2018 Year in Entrepreneurship

The Editor, Sihle Magubane, shares some of his highlights in the world of entrepreneurship in 2018.     1. African Leadership Academy shares its inaugural Learning Brief on Entrepreneurship Education…

Effective Entrepreneurship Education: A Case Study from 10 years of African Leadership Group

by Ryan Findley & Josh Adler  African Leadership Group (ALG) is a globally referenced pioneer in experiential education. In its short 10 years, it has established one of the world’s…

Selecting Future Entrepreneurs: Insights from the Allan Gray Orbis Ecosystem Forum

Entrepreneurship programs face an ongoing challenge of selecting the best candidates as beneficiaries, whilst balancing that with a need to produce results that prove a return on the investments they…

Developing an Entrepreneurial Culture: Who is Responsible?

Over the past 40 years, the global narrative and outlook on Africa’s potential for economic growth have dramatically changed. Historically, countries in post-independent Africa encountered a range of internal struggles…

Fostering Productive Entrepreneurial Communities: From the Very Young Entrepreneur Lens

What support interventions works best to scale job-generative enterprises? This is a perennial question that few have attempted to solve conclusively- which is understandable because there is no easy way…

Global Entrepreneurship Monitor 2017/18 Report

Now in it’s 19th year, the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor tracks rates of entrepreneurship across multiple phases of entrepreneurial activity. The region with the highest proportion of entrepreneurs expecting medium to…

Anzisha Startup Idea Matrix 2.0

It may be the case that your child or learners have expressed a desire to explore entrepreneurship, but face one problem: They haven’t yet found an idea that they are very…

Women Shine at the 2018 Anzisha Prize Awards

  Women Shine at the 2018 Anzisha Prize Awards Grand Prize winner and second-runner up are providing healthcare solutions that are changing lives in Africa   Johannesburg, South Africa, October…

Winners of 2018 Anzisha Prize announced at gala event in Johannesburg, South Africa

2018 Anzisha Prize winners Joan Nalubega (left), Alhaji Siraj Bah (middle) and Melissa Bime (right) “We believe in you more than we believe in politicians.” This was the message from…

Twenty of Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs will compete for a share of US$100,000 cash prize

  Mastercard Foundation and the African Leadership Academy Welcome the 2018 Anzisha Prize Finalists Twenty of Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs will compete for a share of US$100,000 cash prize Johannesburg, South…

5 young leaders impacting over 12000* lives

The power of one  22-year-old Vanessa Ishimwe is the only one in her family to have completed high school. She did not understand why her family had to leave her…

In Conversation with Claudia Makwela: My Experiences Parenting a Young Entrepreneur

Editor’s interview with Claudia Makwela, mother to Ntando Makwela, a 15-year-old author, motivational speaker, and co-founder of Molo Africa, an initiative to strengthen youth involvement, tourism, and arts on the…

Creating Shared Value is a Leadership Imperative

Three lessons on Shared Value from the African Leadership Academy Africa Shared Value Summit Pre-Event Dinner with Prof. Mark Kramer of Harvard Business School. The attendees included Anzisha Prize Fellows,…

How My Parents Enabled My Entrepreneurial Journey

by Thokoza Mjo, Founder, Beyond the Lemonade Stand My entrepreneurial journey began a while ago. I perhaps did not see it that way at the time. When I was in…

What Parents Should Know About Young Entrepreneurship

by Danie Jacobs. Parents should focus on enhancing the entrepreneurial mindset in their children — a skill that is increasingly important as young people must become less dependent on the…

Parents: The Forgotten Players in the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem

The Entrepreneurship”Ecosystem” is defined as the individuals, organizations, or institutions that are outside the individual entrepreneur, that are either conducive or prohibitive to their entrepreneurial activities. The players often referred…

Young African Entrepreneurs and the Next 6000 Days.

Africa will need to massively and rapidly scale up its investment in entrepreneurial youth if it is to have a chance to seize the demographic opportunity – time is running…

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