Mastercard Structure in collaboration with the African Management Academy (ALA) is happy to reveal that 20 of Africa’s youngest and brightest business owners will sign up with the Anzisha Fellowship— a long-lasting association that will assist accelerate their course to entrepreneurship success. On Tuesday, October 23, these 20 finalists will complete for the Anzisha Reward, Africa’s premier award for her youngest business owners.

The Anzisha Reward awards young business owners who have actually established and carried out ingenious options to social obstacles or begun effective organisations within their neighborhoods. Chosen from a swimming pool of over 600 candidates, from 13 nations, the finalists are equipped with the tools they require to grow their service and draw in financial investment, and are coached and mentored by market specialists. As Anzisha Fellows, they become good example firing up the entrepreneurial spirit within their peers and developing task chances in their neighborhoods.

Now in its 8 th year, the Anzisha Reward program brings in young business owners from throughout Africa and for the very first time, the Reward is acknowledging the accomplishments of business owners from Benin, Libya, and Sierra Leone. Candidates represent a wide array of entrepreneurial efforts, from production, mining, and health care, however agripreneurs continue to control the candidate swimming pool.

Amongst them is Kenyan Kevin Kibet, the 22- years of age creator of FarmMoja Limited which supports smallholder farmers by offering them with inputs, training, and access to trusted markets. Because its beginning in 2016, FarmMoja has actually dispersed inputs to 30 farmers, got a seven-acre farm with 1,000 trees, and raised $20,000 in equity financing from angel financiers to finance its growth activities. Another finalist, Vanessa Ishiimwe from Rwanda is running 3 discovering centres within a Ugandan refugee camp which are informing more than 300 kids and utilizing 18 youth as instructors.

” Buying young business owners to attend to the youth work difficulty is at the core of the Structure’s Young Africa Functions technique,” stated Koffi Assouan, Program Supervisor, Mastercard Structure. “These Fellows are taking on obstacles in their neighborhoods and driving task production and sustainable financial development by enhancing performance in the agrifood sector. We praise them on their success.”

The 20 finalists will be flown to Johannesburg for a 10- day entrepreneurship bootcamp where they will get extensive training from African Management Academy’s distinguished Entrepreneurial Management professors. They will be coached on how to pitch their service to a panel of judges for a share of the US$100,000 prize money. The grand reward winner will get US$25,000 The rest of the cash prize will be shared amongst the remainder of the finalists. Furthermore, each finalist is registered in a Fellowship program that will supply over $7,500 in extra assistance and services.

This year, for the very first time, the pitch competitors will be live streamed throughout the continent. Online audiences will have the chance to tune into the pitch competitors and rally behind the business owners who motivate them most, perhaps encouraging them to start their own entrepreneurial journey. The pitching occasion will be hosted by Cameroonian Tonje Bakang, a tech business owner who developed Africa’s Netflix, Afrostream and a veteran fan of young business owners.

” What makes the Anzisha Reward special is its devoted financial investment in Africa’s young task beginners as a method to motivate other high prospective young business owners throughout the continent. We desire these stories to reach the ideal individual at the ideal minute to catalyse their interest and entry into entrepreneurship,” stated Josh Adler, Vice President of Development and Entrepreneurship at African Management Academy.

The winners will be revealed throughout a remarkable gala night on October 23, which will consist of a keynote address from Sim Shagaya, a Nigerian business owner who is the creator and previous CEO of, among West Africa’s biggest electronic commerce sites.

The Anzisha Reward will be hosting occasions throughout the continent to share the stories of this year’s top 20 business owners and to motivate young Africans to begin their own endeavors. To register your organisation for a main live streaming occasion, register at or e-mail

The 2018 finalists for the Anzisha Reward are:

  1. Akpe Kevin Edorh, 22, Togo: Akpe established SOS System, an SMS-based, quick action system that permits users to rapidly and effectively get support to victims of emergency situation scenarios.
  2. Aldred Dogue, 21, Benin: Aldred is the creator of Africa Foods Mill, a business that acquires regional farming fruit and vegetables from smallholder farmers and changes it into packaged benefit foods.
  3. Alhaji Bah, 19, Sierra Leone: Alhaji is the creator of Rugsal Trading, a business that produces handmade paper bags in addition to briquettes for cooking fuel.
  4. Alina Karimamusama, 22, Zambia: Alina is the creator of Youth Arize, a non-profit that empowers ladies with concrete abilities they can utilize to discover or develop work for themselves.
  5. Amanda Jojo, 21, South Africa: Amanda is the creator of The Trea Garden, a high end coffee shop offering top quality coffee and accompaniments in a relaxing environment.
  6. Awah Ntseh, 22, Cameroon: Awah is the creator of Farmers Strength, a snail farm that draws out snail mucin from snails to utilize for a line of cosmetics.
  7. Boluwatife Omotayo, 22, Nigeria: Boluwatife is the creator of TabDigital, an IT business that assists customers discover craftsmens who can fix and change electronic gizmos.
  8. Farah Emara, 21, Egypt: Farah is the creator of Jidar Wall Art, a non-profit cumulative that utilizes the power of art to change interior areas into artworks.
  9. Joan Nalubega, 20, Uganda: Joan is the creator of Uganics, which intends to fight malaria by producing anti-malaria items: a lasting mosquito repellent soap for kids and households.
  10. Kevin Kibet, 22, Kenya: Kevin is the creator of FarmMoja Limited, which deals with smallholder farmers by providing training and access to trusted markets.
  11. Kisseka Samson, 22, Uganda: Kisseka is the creator of Hi Mushrooms, a co-operative that teams up with farmers to grow and offer mushrooms.
  12. Kondwani Banda, 21, Zambia: Kondwani is the creator of The Mainstream, a digital publication that intends to inform genuine African stories.
  13. Lourena Bindi, 20, Angola: Lourena is the creator of L&C Buffett, a business that makes decors and celebration treats for kids in Luanda.
  14. Melissa Bime, 21, Cameroon: Melissa is the creator of INFIUSS, an online blood bank and digital supply chain platform that provides lifesaving blood in Cameroon.
  15. Mohamed Sherif, 18, Libya: Mohamed is the creator of Sherif Ice Flakes where he produces and offers ice flakes in boxes that angler can utilize to cool their catch while out at sea.
  16. Mohamed El Idrysy, 22, Morocco: Mohamed is the creator of Health Solutions INC, a business that offers soft abilities training for health experts in locations such as interaction, management, and important thinking.
  17. Nomena Andrianantoandro, 21, Madagascar: Nomena is the creator of Boissa Sarl, a healthy drink business that produces a variety of healthy fruit juices.
  18. Richard Turere, 18, Kenya: Richard is the creator of Lion Lights, a business that disperses LED lights that flash in a series and drives away lions from coming close to animals.
  19. Thando Hlongwane, 20, South Africa: Thando is the creator of Kazi, a platform that links young software application designers looking for task experience with start-ups in requirement of budget-friendly item advancement services.
  20. Vanessa Ishimwe, 22, Rwanda: Vanessa is the creator of Youth Effort for Advancement in Africa (YIDA), which offers complimentary early youth education to refugee kids through unique knowing centres and schools.
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