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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


  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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Applications Open for Orange Social Venture Prize 2018 Competition

Why do entrepreneurs apply to competitions such as Orange Social Venture Prize? For the money; coaching; increase in reputation and credibility and of course a number of opportunities that may follow?  Here’s another incredible opportunity to apply for Telecommunications giant Orange eighth Orange Social Venture Prize in Africa and the Middle East.

Applications, opened on 1 March and will close 31 May.

What Is It?

The Orange Social Venture Prize aims to reward innovation in information and communication technology — particularly in education, healthcare, agriculture, mobile payments and sustainable development — which improves the living conditions of people in Africa and the Middle East.

Orange Social Venture Prize applicants have to be over 21 years old and must be resident in one of 17 countries where Orange has subsidiaries

The prize, which was launched in 2011, has since its launch provided support to 20 projects.

“1,200 projects were submitted in 2017, a 60% increase over 2016. Support for talented startups is at the heart of Orange’s development strategy. With the Orange Social Venture Prize, we reaffirm our commitment to being a partner for the innovators working to improve daily life ever year,” said Bruno Mettling, Orange Middle East and Africa CEO said in a statement.

How Can I Apply?

To be eligible, applicants have to be over 21 years old.

The competition will start with a national phase during which each of the 17 participating Orange subsidiaries — namely Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Egypt, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Conakry, Madagascar, Mali, Morocco, Niger, Central African Republic, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Tunisia, Jordan, Liberia, and Burkina-Faso — will assess the projects submitted and select three winners in their respective countries.

Thereafter, the 51 finalists will compete before an international panel of judges, which will then present the Orange Social Venture Prize to the three final winners at AfricaCom in Cape Town this November.


What’s In It For Me?

This are the prizes involved:

  • 1st winner: €25 000
  • 2nd Winner: €15 000
  • 3rd Winner: €10 000

Plus six months of tailored support from startup incubation and financing experts.

Tokunbo Koiki Shortlisted For Entrepreneur of The Year Award

Tokunbo Koiki, Founder of Tokunbo Kitchen has been shortlisted in the “Entrepreneur of The Year” category at the BBI’s Enterprise Minds Awards 2017.

This awards nomination comes in the same year as Tokunbo’s Kitchen 2nd anniversary. Since the launch of her business, Tokunbo’s Kitchen, 2 years ago Tokunbo Koiki has fed over 5000 people  having successfully operated at 6 street food festivals, hosted 9 pop-up and supper clubs events and completed 3 in-house chef residencies. In 2017 the business hosted an on-going residency at a Boutique hotel in North London with 80 – 100 covers per service, serving Nigerian Food to a demographic that had never tasted many of the dishes that were on the menu. This shortlisting serves as a reminder of Tokunbo’s hard work over the past 2 years.

The Enterprise Minds Awards were officially launched in October 2004 as part of the annual Black History Month with a mission to Celebrate Diversity and Achievement among the African and Caribbean  communities and businesses of the UK.

“Tokunbo’s Kitchen is a space and opportunity for people to experience and enjoy the type of delicious home cooked Nigerian food I grew up eating. I started Tokunbo’s Kitchen here in London as this is a city that has shaped me into the proud British-Nigerian woman I am.” Tokunbo Koiki, Founder of Tokunbo’s Kitchen.

Huge congrats to Tokunbo and wishing her the very best of luck.


Apply for this grant and take a step towards achieving your dreams!

How ambitious, avant-garde and authentic are you? Dare: How innovative and driven are you? Create: The quality of your presentation and the quantity of elements created to make your dreams come true. The program is open to all creatives who have a dream they want to materialise: whether it’s launching a clothing line, opening your own restaurant, or becoming a professional photographer or filmmaker.

Remember when Betty Irabor of Genevieve magazine and other Nigerian fashion industry members launched The ‘Dream, Dare, Create’ initiative? Click here if you missed it. The Funding grant initiative was inspired by the work of Louisa Cointreau, wife of the founder of the Cointreau brand Edouard Cointreau, well known for her tireless feminism.

The initiative which will see one Nigerian entrepreneur awarded 20,000 to support a creative project is now receiving applications. Nigerian creatives from any field – Cointreau mentions cocktails, food, art, music, design and film – are invited to apply for the grant.

Following the successful launch of the global philanthropic programme Cointreau Creative Crew in Nigeria in April 2016, CCC aims to use this initiative to promote promote the development of women’s creative freedom and expression as well as encourage women to work towards taking their initial dream and turning into a tangible creative reality.

The lucky entrepreneur will win a prize of  €20,000 as a means of support towards their creative project.

The grant is not only limited to women, men are also encouraged to apply.

We dare you to apply and dare you to dream. Tell a friend and share to someone who is looking for funding to advance in their business plan.

Here is how you can apply below:

To apply click here http://cointreau.com.ng

All applicants must be over 23 and resident in Nigeria.

Don’t forget to use the following hashtags –> #CointreauCreativeCrewNG #WillYouDare #DareDreamCreate