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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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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…

5 Critical Lessons for Supporting Youth Entrepreneurs and Leaders Through Movements

The Graca Machel Trust hosted a gathering of youth support organizations from across Africa exploring how to build impactful support structures for youth. In our view, parents, educators and passionate…

Finding a space between poverty alleviation and high growth– a model for youth enterprise development in South Africa

by Jocelyn Smith Adapted from dissertation submitted to School of Governance, University of the Witwatersrand in fulfillment of MM-Dissertation, March 2018. Introduction Interventions promoting youth entrepreneurship in South Africa assume…

The Informal Economy & Very Young Entrepreneurs

The Editor, Sihle Magubane, Interviewed Bayabulela Jolobe, a South African Enterprise development practitioner to explore the informal economy and the involvement of young people in it. He gives tips to…

Youth Towards Growth Sectors: Where opportunities for youth lie across Africa

What sectors of business create the most opportunities for youth to engage in? This is an important but tricky question to explore as an individual who may want to better…

Dreams Constrained by Capital: Nozipho Mbwanja’s insights into Morocco’s Young Entrepreneurs

Award-winning broadcaster Nozipho Mbwanja, winner of the Anzisha Prize’s 2017 Media Award, has gained renown as an advocate for the inclusion of youth and women in the African economy. Ever in…

Defining our true north- Anzisha convenes a community of entrepreneurship educators and supporters

Welcome to the Anzisha Effect – the newest knowledge hub for entrepreneurship educators and supporters in Africa! The work of moving African development forward is tough. Hard things are always…

ALA Learning Brief: Very Young Entrepreneurs

This inaugural ALA Learning Brief shares emergent learning from African Leadership Academy (ALA) regarding outcomes of our programs on entrepreneurship training for African youth, grounded in the broader literature on…

African Leadership Academy’s Big Plan for Very Young Entrepreneurs

In this Video,  ALA’s VP of Global Programs, Josh Adler, shares ALA’s vision for developing young African entrepreneurs at the ALA Decennial Celebrations. Josh Adler (Vice President, Global Programs, ALA)…

In Conversation with Gary Schoeniger- Entrepreneurial thinking is a natural human tendency

The Editor,  Sihle Magubane had a conversation with Gary Schoeniger, Founder and CEO of the Entrepreneurial Learning Initiative, a social enterprise dedicated to entrepreneurial learning and training. These are some…

The key to successful entrepreneurship teaching is to create opportunities for learners to fail

Sihle Magubane interviewed one of the leading experts in Entrepreneurial Leadership at African Leadership Academy- David Tait. He shared some insights on what a successful entrepreneurship education should look like:…

Anzisha Youth Entrepreneurship Survey 2016 

Africa has the youngest population in the world, with an estimated 200 million people between the ages of 15 and 24. But despite fast economic growth over the past decade,…

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