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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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Easyburse set on being go to platform for students seeking funding, jobs

By Daniel Mpala In recent years, South Africa has been rocked by a series of “Fees Must Fall” protests which has seen students across the country protest over rising tuition…

Investors are knocking at the door of tech startup founder who once sold wire cars

By Daniel Mpala 24-year-old South African, Karidas Tshintsholo may have grown up in a shack —selling wire cars— but his agritech startup Khula! is now in the sights of investors….

University incubators, hubs young African entrepreneurs should know about

By Daniel Mpala When Njabulo Mthanti, 22, registered his business last year he was keen to join the University of Pretoria’s business incubator TuksNovation as quickly as he could. Mthanthi,…

Tips from four young African entrepreneurs on running start-ups

Tips from four young African entrepreneurs on running start-ups By Daniel Mpala Running a business, no matter how old you are, is no easy feat. As an entrepreneur not only…

People thought award winning entrepreneur was ‘crazy’ when he started business

By Daniel Mpala Would you still pursue an innovative business idea if those in your community thought you were crazy to try? This is exactly what a young Tanzanian entrepreneur…

Award has helped give social enterprise wider recognition says former refugee

By Daniel Mpala Before she arrived at Kyaka II at the age of nine, former Rwandan refugee Vanessa Ishimwe had a “wonderful life”. After fleeing Rwanda with her mother, following the…

Here’s how Uganda’s RideLink grew its revenue by pivoting from a B2C to B2B model

By Daniel Mpala A pivot from a business-to-consumer (B2C) to a business-to-business (B2B) model helped Ugandan on-demand transport service RideLink grow its revenue says founder and head of operations Daniel Mukisa. In…

ALA alumni, Anzisha Fellows set to benefit from $500k Young Entrepreneurs Fund

By Daniel Mpala African Leadership Academy (ALA) alumni, Anzisha Fellows and individuals who have participated in any of ALA’s programmes are set to benefit from a $500 000 Young Entrepreneurs…

Should very young entrepreneurs enter pitching competitions, apply for grant funding?

By Daniel Mpala For some entrepreneurs, pitching competitions have made all the difference in their search for funding, incubation and other resources. But, is it advisable for very young entrepreneurs…

Crucial that we pursue the Anzisha Scenario says Junior Achievement CEO

By Daniel Mpala We have an imperative to pursue the Anzisha Scenario, Junior Achievement CEO Elizabeth Bintliff has said. ALA’s Anzisha Scenarios green paper proposes tackling youth employment through economic…

Media coverage on very young entrepreneurs is disappointing

By Daniel Mpala Is the media paying enough attention to very young entrepreneurs? African Leadership Academy (ALA) vice president of growth and entrepreneurship Josh Adler says media coverage of young…

To achieve Anzisha Scenario, Africa must improve its education system

By Daniel Mpala Policy change in education is key to achieving the vision encapsulated by the Anzisha Scenarios, says Hustler Academy founder Sbu Leope. The Anzisha Scenarios green paper envisages an increase…

Why younger entrepreneurs aren’t getting investment and what they should do about it

By Daniel Mpala It all comes down to a shortage of trust — says Chanzo Capital managing partner and Angel Fair Africa founder Eric Osiakwan, on why so few younger…

Looking for grant funding? Get a lawyer to read that agreement

By Daniel Mpala Very young entrepreneurs who get offered grant funding should consult with a lawyer before signing anything, advises Chanzo Capital managing partner and Angel Fair Africa founder Eric Osiakwan. Osiakwan was…

Does entrepreneurship have a ‘branding’ problem in Africa?

By Daniel Mpala Junior Achievement CEO Elizabeth Bintliff, who was one of the speakers at last month’s Very Young Entrepreneur Education & Acceleration Summit in Johannesburg, thinks entrepreneurship in Africa has…

Here’s how ALA will get the Anzisha Scenario to become a reality

By Daniel Mpala Imagine a future where, in response to the challenge of youth unemployment, young Africans of high potential choose entrepreneurship as a career. Last month, African Leadership Academy…

Here are four things you need to know about the Anzisha Prize

Written by: Daniel Mpala While Africa continues to battle poverty and unemployment, the continent’s large number of young people could be key to solving many of its problems. This is…

How ALA’s cashless system helps students learn about financial literacy

Written by: Daniel Mpala Pay a visit to African Leadership Academy’s (ALA) campus in Honeydew, Johannesburg and you’ll notice something very interesting — not a single student pays for anything…

How ALA got award-winning airships startup founder going in business

Written by: Daniel Mpala For Spencer Horne — who today runs an award-winning logistics startup that uses autonomous airships to transport goods — African Leadership Academy (ALA) proved “immensely influential”…

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…

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