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[Op-ed] Forget Silicone Valley: Adapting startup systems in the context of Africa

By Yegeta Tsegayetelila Yegeta Tsegayetelila is an Anzisha blog contributor whose focus is on exploring entrepreneurship and business matters within the Ethiopian market. The United States Small Business Administration, an…

Think Like a Parent, Act Like a Coach

Nolizwe Mhlaba leads the Anzisha Prize’s work to support the individuals who are likely to wield the most influence over young people’s decisions to pursue entrepreneurship: teachers and parents. In…

The Anzisha Scenario – A future where students of high potential choose entrepreneurship as a career

The term “4th Industrial Revolution” has come to embody the conversation around the future of supply-side of the jobs debate -skills and education. We hope to drive new research, discussion and policy around the demand-side of employment by deeply exploring entrepreneurship as a career -particularly for students of high potential.

Anzisha Fellow joins world’s biggest Start-up incubator Station F

By Dolapo Adeyanju Matina Razafimahefa, a 23-year-old Anzisha Fellow and the CEO of Sayna – an innovative EdTech venture in Madagascar-was selected for this year’s Station F incubator. Sayna sources, trains, and produces highly equipped young Africans in industry-specific digital…

How supporting Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs has built my resilience

Nhlawulo Shikwambane, former Anzisha Prize Coordinater, shares lessons she has learned from her time championing Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs. A little over two years ago, I walked into the doors of…

How young people are reshaping entrepreneurship

Natalie Moyo joined the Anzisha team in early 2021. As a Portfolio Manager, she works closely with the young entrepreneurs in the fellowship. In this article, she reflects on what she has learned while coaching Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs. …

Encouraging very young entrepreneurs to use the strength of their weak ties

By Tanya Mutepfa ( Young Entrepreneur Portfolio Manager at The Anzisha Prize) Seven years ago, I came across a book that in my opinion shaped my former years and changed…

Prioritizing connectedness and curriculum with young entrepreneurs

By Thokoza Mjo (Program Lead at The Anzisha Prize) Over 10 years ago, we started the Anzisha Prize by recognising that Africa’s future will be shaped by young people who…

Sustainable SMMEs key to Africa’s economic revival

Five important things young entrepreneurs must know to attain business sustainability Many entrepreneurs, especially those who are young and inexperienced, have very little understanding of the concept of sustainability in…

New Report suggests the creation of 1M job opportunities by 2030 on the horizon for unemployed African youth

[Press Release] Anzisha Prize, mastercard foundation and African Leadership Academy have released a Report highlighting key lessons learned to navigate a future where youth are job creators Johannesburg, South Africa…

What it takes to be a young female entrepreneur in Africa

by Melissa Mbazo-Ekpenyong, Deputy Director of the Anzisha Prize programme; and Belinda Munemo is the Founder & CEO of Reekworth According to the World Bank, Africa is the only region…

2020’s biggest entrepreneurial lessons

By Sisanda Ntshinga The last year has been nothing short of challenges and many businesses have had to take a step back and re-evaluate how they do things. Some Anzisha…

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