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Ready toFacilitate More Learning through Your Entrepreneurship Competition?

Download our book and ‘Judge Better’ so you can unlock more value for entrepreneurs during your next pitch competition. 

Powered by the Anzisha Prize, this book draws on over a decade of lessons from running Africa's top competition for very young entrepreneurs. 


About the Book

Reality television has helped popularize entrepreneurship and pitching competitions. Watching entrepreneurs pitch their businesses to a panel of investors or judges makes for riveting entertainment. However, the reality TV effect has glamorized the judging process, sometimes at the expense of entrepreneurial learning. How can we organize competitions that center the entrepreneur and put their learning first, especially if they come from and operate ventures in very different environments? Or how do we select a panel of judges that not only brings business savvy and industry knowledge, but can relate to participants' varied contexts? 

By running a continent-wide competition for some of Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs, we have whittled down our judging process to a set of principles – and tools – that can optimize participants’ learning outcomes. If you are a school, university, accelerator, or hub wondering how to improve the experience for both participants and judges in your next competition, this FREE book is for you! 

What will you find inside the book?

If you want to create more value for entrepreneurs through your pitch competition, get your copy of the book to have access to the following:

Strategies to better select and prepare judges

5 "Judge Better" principles that put the entrepreneur's learning first

Reflections showing how even the best intentions can go wrong

Sample criteria, rubrics, and templates for use in your context

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Explore the Toolkit

Equitable contests require more than a diverse judging panel. So, what principles guide your entrepreneurship competitions, and how do you prepare both the participants and the judges for yours? We have used variations of the following resources to select the 142 entrepreneurs in the Anzisha Prize’s history. 

Take a look at these resources and download them to use for your own judging process.

Tools from the Anzisha Prize


Over time, the Anzisha Prize has used a range of tools, particularly Excel, to help us manage our judging process. Follow the link below to access this worksheet with guidelines for your judges to confidently rate and score participants in your competition.


Skilled public speakers can impress audiences with their pitching style and familiarity with certain jargon. Yet, communicating – including listening – for impact goes beyond these elements. This rubric outlines how judges can assess pitches for their clarity, coherence, and relevance to the competition.


 It is important to look past the frills of a good speech and assess venture performance rigorously. Download this rubric and take one more step to even the playing field for your entrepreneurship competition.  


Tools from Entrepreneurship Organisations

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African Leadership Academy students design and showcase a solution to a pan-African challenge during the annual pitch competition, E-Fest. The best teams then present their solutions in a final showcase. Check out this scoring tool to see how the student teams move from the preliminary round to the final pitches.

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All Hult students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to give a global platform to their business ideas that will have a direct impact on society. Each campus organizes an internal competition to determine who will represent the school in the Hult Prize. Below is the African Leadership University Hult Prize rubric.

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EDHE Entrepreneurship Intervarsity is a competition to recognize and showcase the businesses of the top student entrepreneurs at South African universities, as well as invite investment into the cohort. Entrepreneurs in the ideation phase can also pitch their innovative business ideas. Read more about the adjudication process and criteria below.

Want access to more tools? Take a look at our resources page.

The Anzisha Prize has conducted literature reviews, surveys, desktop research, stakeholder consultations, and more to produce a decade's worth of research, tools, fraemoworks and books that you have access to!