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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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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,…

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…

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