Anzisha Prize seeks to award young entrepreneurs who have developed and
implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started
successful businesses within their communities.
Application Deadline: 1st April 2018
About the Award:
12 finalists from across Africa will win an all-expenses paid trip to
South Africa to be a part of a week-long entrepreneurship workshop and
conference at the African Leadership Academy campus on the outskirts of
Johannesburg. The grand prize winners, selected from these finalists,
will share prizes worth $100,000 USD
The Anzisha Prize is funded by a generous grant from the MasterCard Foundation.
needs strong, innovative entrepreneurial young leaders to create jobs,
solve problems and drive our economies. Our continent’s future will be
determined by entrepreneurial leaders across all sectors. We believe
fundamentally in the power of youth-led change.
Number of Awards: 12 young entrepreneurs will be selected
Eligibility: As you prepare to apply, make sure you are eligible to enter:
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.
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.
Selection Criteria: To be selected as one of our 12 Anzisha Fellows, your business or project will be judged on the following 5 criteria:
Already Running Venture: Is
the venture established with customers and beneficiaries? Does the
venture deliver value to said beneficiaries and customers?
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?
To be selected as one of our Anzisha Fellows, you must demonstrate the two following qualities:
Venture leader: Are you the leader of your venture and do you drive both venture strategy and operations?
Value of Award: Additional investment of $8,000/ $10,000 in each Fellow
- Monetary Reward of a shared amount of $100,000
access to a world- renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum and
training with the potential for further investment based on engagement
- $2,500 worth of rewards from consulting and mentorship services
- $2,000 worth of rewards from Global speaking events or Experts in Residence support
- $1,000 worth of rewards from Regional Indabas across the continent
Each fellow also gains access to the African Leadership Academy network.
How to Apply:
Award Providers: Mastercard Foundation, African Leadership Academy, Louis Dreyfus Foundation.