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About Alaa

At an early age, Alaa had a passion for business. In 2016, she participated in Eyouth where she co-founded and headed her first project “Fettrah”-a project aimed at teaching different skills to people with mental disabilities. After Fettrah, Alaa also went on to co-found CFI “Camps for intelligent”, an organisation targeting youth aged 12 to 17 to teach them new skills that traditional schools were not focusing on. CFI focused on skills such as art and design, android and web design, and different languages. Through CFI, Alaa and her team were able to cater to more than 70 young individuals. Alaa continued to mix her passion for business with community engagement. Post-2017, Alaa worked as a community manager for a Cloud co-working space, one of the leading business hubs in Al Minya, Egypt. Combining all her experience, Alaa then co-founded Presto.

Known to deliver

Presto is an automated, delivery system that connects Vendors with customers and suppliers. Presto provides a crowd-sourced network of delivery agents for home & small businesses, making it easy for them to request an agent to deliver their products. They also provide a marketplace for them to list their on-demand products. Presto serves over 300 stores and merchants in over 2 cities.


Anzisha Prize 2021 applications for young entrepreneurs officially open

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21-year-old Egyptian Alaa Moatamed, last year’s Anzisha Prize winner and the co-founder of Presto – an automated, delivery system that connects vendors with customers and suppliers, was able to increase the business revenue by providing delivery services to smaller businesses to cope with demand during the outbreak of COVID-19. She has currently employed 11 under-25 employees and plans on increasing that number.

Mastercard-backed prize opens applications for young African entrepreneurs

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The Anzisha Prize programme, a partnership between African Leadership Academy (ALA) and Mastercard Foundation, is calling for applications from innovative African entrepreneurs between ages 15 and 22. Entrepreneurs who apply for the 2021 Anzisha programme stand a chance to win a share of the $100,000 prize, according to a statement released on Monday. Each year, 20 leading youth entrepreneurs are selected as Anzisha Prize Fellows. Over the last 10 years, 142 fellows in the programme have created more than 2,500 jobs. The Anzisha Prize is touted as Africa’s biggest award for young entrepreneurs.


Africa: Celebrating Its Tenth Year, the Anzisha Prize Awards Its Top Honour to 21-Year-Old Egyptian Entrepreneur



With a pool of talented finalists from more than 15 African countries, the 2020 Anzisha Prize – the premier award for Africa's youngest entrepreneurs – goes to Alaa Moatamed, a young female entrepreneur whose venture provides business owners with an affordable and convenient delivery service for customers. EdTech entrepreneur Matina Razafimahefa, 22, from Madagascar emerged as the first runner up ($15,000), while 22-year-old infrastructure entrepreneur, Mohamed Bah from Sierra Leone, was the second runner up ($12,500). Alaa Moatamed, Co-Founder of Presto, a leading delivery management service, takes home the $25,000 Grand Prize

Celebrating its tenth year, the Anzisha Prize awards its top honour to a 21-year-old Egyptian entrepreneur.

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The 20 finalists were selected from an impressive initial pool of more than 1,000 young entrepreneurs, up from 600 in 2019. The Anzisha Prize is proud to have attracted applicants from more than 30 African countries, across multiple sectors. Each of the 20 finalists, who made it through the rigorous selection process, will receive $2,500 and will have the opportunity to join a fellowship of 122 entrepreneurs who receive venture building support and mentorship. Since 2011, Anzisha Fellows have created over 2,000 jobs – 56 percent of which have been for young Africans under 25.

Anzisha Prize Announces Top 20 Very Young African Entrepreneurs as part of 10th Year Celebration



This year’s application season saw a record number of 1 200 applicants vying for a chance to join the Anzisha Prize fellowship. From these applications, 20 businesses emerged that were forty-five percent female-owned and represented sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing and education. Young entrepreneurs from Morocco, South Africa and Tanzania displayed impressive ventures that are tackling critical issues within their communities while also turning a profit. Through their businesses and entrepreneurial leadership skills, these job starters are paving a way for other young Africans to pursue entrepreneurship.


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