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Seeing how her classmates and other youth struggled to find jobs after completing university, Asia Saeed knew she needed to take action. She started two companies, Hello Cunto Fudud and Ashiya Digital Library. Both companies failed. But this was not to be a deterrent for Asia, but rather the extra motivation she needed to succeed and provide hope to the youth of Somalia.

She founded 2doon. 2doon is a social enterprise established to reduce unemployment for the Somalian youth. They do this by offering services such as writing up CVs for this cohort and providing training sessions and workshops to help the youth gain relevant skills. With three companies using 2doon, Asia is well on her way in revitalizing the landscape of employment in her country.

As the business grows, Asia hopes to support 10,000 Somali youth entering the labour market in the next 5 years. Currently, the business has 3 full-time employees who are all working towards curbing the hopelessness that often clouds the employment search.


Anzisha Prize – Giving Young African Entrepreneurs A Chance

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A collaboration between the African Leadership Academy and the Mastercard Foundation, the Anzisha Prize has, since 2010, sought to break barriers in growing the number of very young job-generative entrepreneurs on the African continent. With the Anzisha Prize announcing its top 20 finalists for 2020 on 17 September, after receiving a record number of 1 200 applications, deputy director of the initiative, Melissa Mbazo-Ekepenyong, comments: “[This year] has seen a global shift in the future of work. Its applicants have personified the resilience and innovation that Africa needs as we navigate our way into a post-COVID-19 future.”


Anzisha Prize Announces their Top 20 Young African Entrepreneurs for 2019



Meet Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs whose ideas are reimagining the future of the continent. After months of searching the African continent, the Anzisha Prize has unveiled its top 20 finalists for 2019. The winner will be announced at the ninth annual Anzisha Prize Forum on 22 October in Johannesburg, South Africa.

2 Nigerians among finalists for $25,000 Anzisha Prize for young African entrepreneurs

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“This year, we’re particularly excited about the new format. We’ve created a tailored experience that will allow people to explore the Anzisha movement in all its entirety,” said Melissa Mbazo, Anzisha Program Manager. “From start to finish, the day will look at shaping the future of entrepreneurship on the continent and young entrepreneurs will be at the helm, steering the conversations.” While the candidates are from various sectors, agricultural businesses submitted the highest number of applications this year. Excitingly, for the very first time, finalists from The Gambia, Democratic Republic of Congo, and Somalia have been chosen as part of the 2019 cohort.


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