Earlier this year, ANZISHA opened the call for entrepreneurs beyond 22 who are driving change in Africa through innovation. The contest which is organized by African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation saw growing number of applications from over 500 entrepreneurs from 32 nations in Africa. After review, 12 young entrepreneurs under 22 years of age. The organizers were glad to also experience an increased presence in Northern African markets and francophone countries such as Madagascar and Niger.
The prize, which awards 100k USD in cash prizes announce their 12 finalists who are now to benefit from an all-expenses paid trip to Johannesburg to get robust training on business and entrepreneurship for two-weeks. Termed as the business accelerator camp, it will begin early October, after which the grand prize winner will be announced at an exclusive gala event on 25 October, 2016. Additionally, finalists will benefit from the Anzisha Prize Youth Entrepreneur Support Unit services valued at $7,500 USD.
Staff of the Anzisha Prize acknowledged the turnaround of youth interest in entrepreneurship in Africa and as such, an urgent need to provide exceptional young entrepreneurs with technical and financial support. Grace Kalisha mentioned that the rise of interest in entrepreneurship and it success, is a sign of great things to happen to the continent.
The 2016 finalists are:
Aly Abd ElAzem, 20, Egypt. Co-founder of Teens Club (facebook.com/TeensClub.eg), a city youth hub providing teenagers with a platform for professional self-development by linking them to experts, improving their skillsets.
Issam Darui, 22, Morocco. Founder of Lagare.ma (Lagare.ma), the first electronic bus station in Morocco, available in 10 languages and 25 currencies, established to provide efficient travel services for the first time in Morocco, with schedules to over 150 destinations.
Ifrah Mohamed (AnzishaPrize.org/Fellows/Ifrah-Mohamed), 19, Kenya. Founder of Supermom (facebook.com/SuperMomKE), which empowers unemployed and under-employed women by providing them with jobs in a door-to-door last mile distribution network for essential goods in rural Kenya.
Benedict Kusi Ampofo (AnzishaPrize.org/Fellows/Benedict-Kusi-Ampofo), 22, Ghana. Founder of Project KIRIKU, a demonstration farm aiming to create sustainable agricultural communities with reduced poverty.
Lamine Chamsiya (AnzishaPrize.org/Fellows/Lamine-Chamsiya), 21, Niger. Founder of E3D Cosmetique (E3DNiger.org), which manufactures and markets a range of neem-based hair and skin cosmetic products with antiseptic properties.
Yaye Souadou Fall (AnzishaPrize.org/Fellows/Yaye-Souadou-Fall), 21, Senegal. Founder of E-cover (facebook.com/Ecover221) which produces innovative multi-purpose tiles for paving, playgrounds, swimming pools, shoe soles and other products, from recycled tyres.
Geoffrey Mulei (AnzishaPrize.org/Fellows/Geoffrey-Mulei), 20, Kenya. Founder of INKISHA (facebook.com/INKISHA), aimed at increasing access to eco-friendly packaging among African consumers by partnering with advertisers and innovative brands.
N’guessan Koffi Jacques Olivier (AnzishaPrize.org/Fellows/Nguessan-Koffi-Jacques-Olivier), 19, Cote d’Ivoire. Founder of The Yaletite Entrepreneurship Group CI (facebook.com/TYEGROCI), an ambitious initiative producing and marketing food crops for profit, locating subsidies for students with disabilities.
Heritiana Fabien Randriamananatahina (AnzishaPrize.org/Fellows/Heritiana-Fabien-Randriamananatahina), 22, Madagascar. Founder of FIOMBONANA, an agro-processing initiative that drives import substitution through local manufacture of dairy products and confectioneries.
Faustino Quissico (AnzishaPrize.org/Fellows/Faustino-Quissico), 22, Mozambique. Founder of TQ Group and Services, which supplies, installs and maintains hardwood floors.
Asha Abbas (AnzishaPrize.org/Fellows/Asha-Abbas), 17, Tanzania. Founder of Aurateen, an online platform providing teenage health and sex education by raising awareness of high-risk behaviors.
Andrew Ddembe (AnzishaPrize.org/Fellows/Andrew-Ddembe), 20, Uganda. Serial entrepreneur, and Founder of Heart for the Hurt, a diversified business supplying school uniforms, restaurant services and growing coffee.