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Anzisha Prize for African Young Entrepreneurs 2017
The Anzisha Prize seeks to award young entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities. 15 finalists from across Africa win a spot in a lifelong fellowship what will help to accelerate their path to entrepreneurship success. The first step in this journey is that they win an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa to be a part of a ten day 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 fellowship continues thereafter, offering them business consulting services to unlock growth potential in their venture, connecting them to a global network of leaders, providing access to global speaking opportunities, and supporting their professional development.
The Anzisha Fellow Experience
Along with a shared amount of US$100 000, fellows will have access to a range of opportunities!
Experts in Residence Program: The Experts in Residence Program brings an expert to campus to offer sector specific advice to fellows.
Anzisha Accelerator Camp: All finalists come to African Leadership Academy’s campus for an all expenses paid fortnight of training, coaching and networking.
Regional Indabas: Indabas are regional gatherings throughout Africa which allow Anzisha Fellows and ALA alumni to remain connected.
The Youth Entrepreneur Support Unit: YES-U is a collaboration between leading business incubators on the continent for the purpose of offering customised business support for Fellows.
Global Speaker Circuit: The Global Speaker Circuit enables Anzisha Fellows to serve as the voice of African youth at various speaking engagements and conferences.
Anzisha Prize Night: The Anzisha Prize Night is a glamorous celebration of youth entrepreneurship at its best. It is an event structured and marked to enable the finalists to realise that they have arrived on the global entrepreneurship scene!
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.
Value of the Fellowship – Additional investment of $8,000/ $10,000 in each Fellow
Monetary Reward of a shared amount of $100,000
$2,000 access to a world- renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum and training with the potential for further investment based on engagement and performance
$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