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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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BUILD-in-a-Box Report: A Replicable Model for Youth-led Learning

African Leadership Academy (ALA) aims to create a pipeline of leaders for Africa through entrepreneurial leadership. ALA students undergo a two-year educational program that trains them to create workable models to capture opportunities and develop solutions to problems in their communities. Read about how they make this happen.

Identifying the right users before scaling

Lessons from Alain Nteff, African healthtech entrepreneur Gifted Mom: Tackling maternal and child mortality through mobile technology Each year in Africa, a quarter of a million women die of pregnancy related…

2018 Anzisha Prize applications launch with youth entrepreneurship tour and talks across Africa

Learn from Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs under 25 Johannesburg, South Africa 5 March 2018 – The annual Anzisha Prize has launched the 2018 call for applications for Africa’s most innovative…

Supporting Young Entrepreneurs: What Works? Youth Business International

Commissioned by Youth Business International & EY, this report highlights 10 key lessons in what works in supporting young entrepreneurs. It highlights imperatives such as financing, training, mentoring, gender equity…

Unleashing Africa’s Agricultural Entrepreneurs: Tony Elumelu Foundation

The agriculture sector represents Africa’s greatest opportunity to drive inclusive, sustainable growth, and one of the few sectors with the potential to lift millions out of poverty and forever change…

Women’s Entrepreneurship: How to Measure the gap between new female and male entrepreneurs

  This paper analyzes data on female and male entrepreneurship that were collected by the World Bank Group’s Entrepreneurship Database. Recognizing the importance of a differentiated approach to entrepreneurship in…

2017 Anzisha Media Prize Release

Anzisha Prize honors journalists, radio personalities and TV broadcasters from across Africa with the Anzisha Media Prize. Recognizing the immense potential for media partners to inspire, the Anzisha Prize invests…

Africa Must be Nourished by Africans

Chickens are a key player in African Development. In his passionately delivered acceptance speech, Ibrahima Ben-Aziz Konate, 2017 Anzisha Grand Prize Winner opened with these words: “Africa must be nourished…

Young Emerging Entrepreneurs Share Anzisha Prize, Africa’s Premier Award for Young Entrepreneurs

22 year old, Ibrahima Ben Aziz Konate from Cote D’Ivoire takes Anzisha Grand Prize African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation are pleased to announce that 22 year old, Ibrahima Ben…

Laying Solid Foundations for Entrepreneurial Success

Too often, most budding  entrepreneurs think: “If I have the right idea, at the right time, I will be able to attract the customers and the investors I need”. This…

10 Key Finance Terms for Entrepreneurs

Successfully raising capital for a new venture is extremely difficult.  Initially, friends and family may form a significant component of investment, but approaching more serious investors for larger amounts of…

Entrepreneurship, African Development and the Anzisha Prize

Young people represent the fastest growing demographic in Africa. Many are already economically active—some motivated by necessity to help their families. With access to the right opportunities, skills, mentors, social…

Africa’s Youth at the Forefront of Africa’s Digital Revolution

Disruptive digital innovation is transforming Africa’s economic potential, creating new target markets and unprecedented consumer choice.  So how are Africa’s young entrepreneurs contributing and getting ahead of what is said…

3 things you need to know about the Rise of Youth Entrepreneurship in Africa

Did you know that Africa’s youth population is set to more than double by the year 2055? Yes, you read that correctly, double, in less than 40 years. Africa’s economy…

Strong Anzisha applications and recent investments signal dynamism of African youth entrepreneurship sector

The 2017 application season was extremely strong and competitive for the Anzisha prize.  Over 800 young entrepreneurs submitted applications from across the continent.  These young entrepreneurs each represent impactful members…

Africa’s Young Entrepreneurs Take on Bold Challenges

  Click here to view full matrix For the past 7 years, the Anzisha Prize has reviewed thousands of business ventures in order to find the top entrepreneurs between the…

Fifteen Emerging Young African Entrepreneurs Will Put Their Talent to Work on the Continent

Hailing from 14 countries, promising finalists to share US$100,000 Anzisha Prize 2017, Africa’s premier award for her youngest entrepreneurs JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – Fifteen young African entrepreneurs have emerged as…

Be the 4 in 7: Build businesses that Create jobs

South Africa has a 27.7% unemployment rate, as of July 2017. This is almost 3 in 10 people without jobs who are actively looking for employment. Assuming that 1 person…

July 2017 Newsletter

Anzisha Prize Monthly Digest July 2017 Edition Greetings from Johannesburg, It is officially winter in South Africa, but our hearts are smiling even in this cold after a great and successful…

3 Fundamental actions for youth entrepreneurship support in Africa

Over two-thirds of sub-Saharan Africans are under 25. This is also the same group that experiences chronic underemployment. A lot, perhaps too much emphasis has been placed on the economic…

How to find and keep good employees (when you can’t pay more money)

Competing for and maximising scarce resources is part of daily operations in SMMEs. Like natural and capital resources, human resources are not available in unlimited quantities, and are therefore scarce….

Mixed Livelihoods: An increasing option for young African entrepreneurs!

Mixed livelihoods was a term that I first heard during the Mastercard Foundation’s Young Africa Works Summit in Cape Town when I attended in 2015. This term refers to the…

June 2017 Newsletter

Anzisha Prize Monthly Digest June 2017 Edition Warm greetings from Johannesburg, Welcome to our latest newsletter, the sixth for this year, all of which we hope have helped to keep you…

May 2017 Newsletter

Anzisha Prize Monthly Digest May 2017 Edition Warm greetings from Johannesburg, We hope that you have all been doing well. It’s unbelievable but we are almost half way through the year….

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