Young women from around the African continent are urged to enter the Anzisha Prize, Africa’s youth entrepreneurial awards that honour young African business people who are making a difference by transforming the continent and their communities.
With more than $85 000 USD in cash rewards, the Anzisha Prize – hosted by the African Leadership Academy – celebrates initiative and innovation. It identifies exceptional young entrepreneurs who are leading by example and underscores their ability to significantly shape the future of Africa.
Past female finalist Kenya’s Diana Mong’are, who founded the recycling company Planet Green, encourages young women from around the continent to enter: “Women have a vital role to play in shaping the future of Africa.
Any change required in society begins with a single effort. It is imperative that young people – and women in particular – believe in themselves and enter competitions like this. The youth are vital in shaping the future of Africa because they are full of innovative ideas.
How to enter
The Anzisha Prize is open to entrepreneurs from around the African continent aged between 15 and 22. Applications close on 1 April.
Applicants can complete the online application form at www.anzishaprize.org, download and email the form to firstname.lastname@example.org or submit a five-minute video application on the Anzisha Prize YouTube channel.
Finalists will win an all-expense paid trip to the African Leadership Academy (ALA) in Johannesburg, South Africa, to attend a weeklong entrepreneurship conference and awards gala.
$85 000 in prize money
Winners will share $75 000 USD and be given networking and learning opportunities to take their projects to the next level.
The Anzisha Prize also includes a $10 000 USD Energy Prize, to be awarded to an applicant who demonstrates ingenuity in developing sustainable renewable energy sources.