African and Entrepreneurial? You can Become the New US$100,000 Anzisha Prize Winner

Are you a proactive African entrepreneur who is also under 22? The Anzisha Prize program which is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation has just launched the call for 2019 applications. This time around the program is looking for young enterprising Africans between the ages 15 and 22 with innovative social and business entrepreneurs.

Young entrepreneurs who apply will have the opportunity to win a share of US$100,000; connect to a global network of leaders and also receive business consulting support. The grand prize winner will win US$25,000, 1st runner-up will receive US$15,000 and 2nd runner-up will receive US$12,500.

With the launch of the 9th annual Anzisha Prize, the organisers look forward to celebrating the stories of successful entrepreneurship in Africa.

This is How Melissa Won

Melissa is a nursing graduate and the founder of INFIUSS, an online blood bank which has distributed over 3800 pints of blood across 28 hospitals in Yaounde, Cameroon. When she was chosen as a finalist, she was flown to Johannesburg for an all expenses paid business accelerator run by the African Leadership Academy. At the end of the programme, she had the opportunity to pitch her business to a panel of renowned judges. Melissa won due to her innovative business model that demonstrated the importance of job creation and scalability.

Melissa Bime_2018 Anzisha Prize winner-February 2019

Criteria

  1. You must be between 15 and 22 years old with an ID document or Passport to present as evidence. Anyone born before November 1, 1996 or after October 31, 2004 will not be considered.
  2. You must be a national of an African country with a business based in Africa for African customers/ beneficiaries.
  3. 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.
  4. Your business, invention or social project can be in any field or industry (science and technology, civil society, arts as well as culture, sports, etc.). Any kind of venture is welcome to apply.
  5. Individuals who apply must be one of the founding members of a business (for example, 2 or 3 co-founders who started up the project together)

Applicants are equally advised that judging criteria requires them to show commitment to growing their venture into a job-creation engine with the ability to demonstrate their contribution to society.

All the criteria can be found on the Anzisha website at anzishaprize.org/apply. 

Download the application guide here: http://www.anzishaprize.org/application-guide/

You can apply through this link https://ala.submittable.com/submit/74d56b1e-4550-4016-80d5-cd50d64d145a/2019-anzisha-prize-applications-english

The application deadline is on 31 March 2019. Don’t miss out!

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