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Anzisha Prize Applications Open for the Top 20 Young Entrepreneurs In Africa

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Ian Khonje 2020 Anzisha Fellow

The Anzisha Prize application for the 2021 cohort is officially open which is looking for the top entrepreneurial talents in Africa. This call for applications comes after nominations were invited for young people who might be eligible for the competition.

The Anzisha prize application is for those who were nominated by friends, families and admirers to apply themselves. A prize for young entrepreneurs in the ages between 15 and 22 for share of US$100,000.

According to Melissa Mbazo-Ekpenyong, Deputy Director of the Anzisha Prize,

“The world of work has drastically changed as we experience a global pandemic. Young entrepreneurs have remained steadfast and have supported their communities through difficulties.”

She concluded that they were thrilled to celebrate the next 20 young business owners who are playing vital roles in job creation on the continent.

And for Daniel Hailu, the Regional Head of Eastern and Southern Africa of Mastercard Foundation,

“To drive economic recovery on the continent, we have to tap into every available resource. That includes young entrepreneurs, including young women entrepreneurs. Doing so takes intentionality.”

The commitment of Anzisha Prizes for Daniel, of identifying and supporting very young entrepreneurs has really become important in the wake of the COVID pandemic. That, the creativity, agility, and resourcefulness of these young people has only become more valuable.

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The Prize has over a decade supported young 142 entrepreneurs who have successfully and to a large extent created jobs for the peers to live meaningful lives.

For instance, Yannick Yimanuka of Congo who was the 2019 overall winner noticed that children in her community had limited access to quality education and for that reason started The KIM’s School Complex in order to address this challenge of lack of access to quality education for nursery and primary school children.

Another exciting example is Joan Nalubega, the 2018 runner-up who was challenged to help fight malaria by her personal experience of contracting the illness during her childhood. And with Uganics which she co-founded, they produced mosquito-repellent soaps for children and families to combat malaria.

Among the hardest hit by the COVID-19 crisis are young entrepreneurs yet those with Anzisha Prize “have not been deterred,’ the organizers say. These young talents are constantly building opportunities for their communities as youth employment on the continent continues to be a key challenge. Africa’s high unemployment rate is one of the leading barriers to growth prosperity on the continent.

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Young entrepreneurs are an indication that the youth demographic could be the asset needed to transform the continent’s employment climate.

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The Anzisha Prize application

For young entrepreneurs who have received nominations they are advised to download the Anzisha Prize Application guide or apply for the prize at www.anzishaprize.org/apply. This is a partnership between the African Leadership Academy and the Mastercard foundation.

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A Male and A Female Entrepreneur to Win US$50K Each in the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize. APPLY!!!

GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize

Applications are open for the GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize 2021 aimed at finding the brightest young agri-food entrepreneurs on the African continent. This is a search for agribusinesses that are bringing tech, innovation and passion to the agriculture and food space.

The Gogettaz Agripreneur Prize is organized by Generation Africa, a partnership between Econet and Yara International to strengthen the ecosystem for youth entrepreneurs in the agri-food sector across the continent.

The prize is looking for agribusinesses that show the following features;

  • Environmental sustainability
  • Social and commercial impact
  • Originality and innovation
  • Market potential and traction
  • An investible team
gogettaz agripreneur prize

Who Qualifies to apply?

The applying agriculture entrepreneur should,

  • Be 35 years and below
  • Hold nationality (with an official ID) from any African Union member country
  • Be a founding member of the startup and play an active role in its operation
  • Have no criminal record

The submitted company shall meet the following terms,

  • The business should be legally registered in any AU member country and also headquartered on the continent
  • It is built to be financially sustainable either as for-profit or non-profit generating revenue and not solely dependent on donor funding
  • The venture currently plays a role in the agri-food sector and/or supports the development of the agri-food sector through an innovation or process improvement
  • The agri-food sector may be defined as businesses including:
    • Agri-food research & development
    • Primary food production (farming)
    • Crop nutrition
    • Irrigation
    • Mechanisation, automation or robotics, including drones
    • Crop protection
    • Hydroponics or urban farming
    • Transport, distribution, storage or logistics
    • Food processing
    • Packaging or marketing
    • Food retail or service
    • Waste management or recycling
    • Digital or technology solutions/services to the agri-food sector
    • Innovative finance solutions/services to the agri-food sector
    • Renewable energy or environmental solutions/services to the agri-food sector

After a thorough review of applications by expert jury, semi-finalists will receive notification via Facebook and email by the 17th of July 2021 where they will each be interviewed and asked for further information.

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By the 27th of July, the finalists will be announced with six (6) males and six (6) females to compete in the final virtual pitching contest at the Africa Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) virtual meeting 2021.

The Grand Prize

Two successful entrepreneurs; male and female, will each receive $50,000 for being the most innovative and scalable agric business idea. All GoGettaz finalists will also be awarded mentorship, programming linkages and other guidance to continue their entrepreneurial journey. APPLY HERE

Deadline for applications

The GoGettaz Agripreneur Prize welcomes applications till the 14th of June, 2021.

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