2017 Anzisha Prize Applications Now Open

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The 2017 Anzisha leadership Prize is now open for applications.

The Anzisha prize is an award for African youth entrepreneurs aged between 15 and 22 who have impacted their communities through their craft and solutions.

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The program which began in 2010 is the brainchild of the African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation.

The 15 finalists of the Anzisha Prize will share a cash prize of $100,000 as well as a 10-day entrepreneurship workshop trip to South Africa. The finalists will also have access to business consultation and professional development.

“Finalists for the prize win far more than access to a share of the pool of US$100,000 in prize money, they also access a business incubation fellowship aimed at growing their business and supporting their professional development,” said Grace Kalisha, Senior Programs Manager for Anzisha Prize.



Candidates who are eligible to apply must have met the following criteria:

  • You must be between 15 and 22 years old with an ID document or Passport to present as evidence. Anyone born before April 16, 1994 or after April 16, 2001 will not be considered.
  • You must be a national of an African country with a business based in Africa for African customers/beneficiaries.
  • Your business must be up and running. The Anzisha Prize is not for great ideas or business plans – you must have already started, and be able to prove it! You have time to get started now and have tangible results to share before applications open.
  • Your business, invention or social project can be in any field or industry (science and technology, civil society, arts and culture, sports, etc.). Any kind of venture is welcome to apply.
  • Individuals who apply must be one of the founding members of a business (for example, 2 or 3 co-founders who started a business together). One person can apply for the Prize, on behalf of the team.

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It is also important to ensure that your business meets the following criteria. It must be”

  • Already Running Venture: Is the venture established with customers and beneficiaries? Does the venture deliver value to said beneficiaries and customers?
  • Founder-led: Is the venture led and managed by the founder?
  • Impact: Has the venture demonstrated some impact already?
  • Scalability: If the venture is a for-profit business, does it already earn revenues and does it have potential increase revenues with the support of Anzisha? If the venture is a not-for-profit enterprise, does it already reach beneficiaries and does it have the potential to reach many more beneficiaries with support from Anzisha?
  • Job Creation: Has the venture created some jobs and has the potential to create more high-quality jobs?

Applications are open until April 1, 2017. To apply and find out more about the Anzisha prize, visit their website at http://www.anzishaprize.org/apply/

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