The Anzisha Prize programme, a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation, has launched the call for 2019 applications.
The prize is looking for Africa’s most innovative social and business entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22.
The winner entrepreneurs will share $100,000 among them and receive business consulting support.
The Anzisha Prize’s winners will include 20 entrepreneurs. The grand prize winner will win $25,000, first runner-up will receive $15,000, and second runner-up will receive $12,500.
“We encourage all nationalities to apply so that we can continue to support exceptional young job-starters who are improving lives and will become a part of a truly Pan-African network,” Josh Adler, vice president of growth and entrepreneurship at the African Leadership Academy.
The prize is open to very young African entrepreneurs who have founded or co-founded a running business in any sector on the continent, applicants are 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.
Applications are open in English, Portuguese, Arabic, and French to encourage applicants from across the continent to recognise the diverse entrepreneurship efforts that are growing among very young Africans.
The call for applications will close on 31 March 2019. The Anzisha Prize team will be visiting key regional hubs in the next few months to tell the stories of youth entrepreneurship as part of the annual Anzisha Tour.