Frequently Asked Questions
The Anzisha Prize is Africa’s premier award for her youngest entrepreneurs. The award seeks to award and celebrate young African entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities. 12 finalists are selected to come to South Africa for an all-expense paid trip to South Africa for entrepreneurial leadership training and to be inducted into the Anzisha fellow network pool. Learn more about Anzisha here.
In order to apply for the Anzisha Prize, you must demonstrate the following:
- You must be between 15 and 22 years old with an ID document or Passport to present as evidence. Anyone born before April 16, 1995 or after April 16, 2002 will not be considered.
- You must be a national of an African country with a business based in Africa for African customers/ beneficiaries.
- 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.
- Your business, invention or social project can be in any field or industry (agriculture, manufacturing, science and technology, civil society, arts and culture, sports, etc.). Any kind of venture is welcome to apply.
- Individuals who apply must be one of the founding members of a business (for example, 2 or 3 co-founders who started a business together).
The 2017 applications open from the 15th of February 2017 to the 1 of April 2017.
No. Applying to the Anzisha Prize is FREE.
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Yes. However, you and you venture must meet the criteria laid out. We prefer that you submit ONE application form and you can lay out both businesses.
To be selected as one of our 15 Anzisha Fellows, your business or project will be judged on the following 5 criteria:
- Your venture/business is already running Your business must be established, have customers / beneficiaries, and have already delivered value to said beneficiaries / customers.
- Founder-ledThe venture is still led and managed by the founder who provides strategic leadership and direction to it.
- ImpactThe venture has demonstrated some impact already. Impact in jobs, in increasing the livelihoods of the beneficiaries, in solving a community problem etc.
- ScalabilityThe venture is scalable and has potential to increase revenues, access other markets or expand current services in order to increase profitability, become sustainable and increase impact with support from Anzisha.
- Job-creationThe venture has created some jobs and has potential to create more high quality jobs.
Yes, even if your company is not registered you are qualify to apply for the Anzisha Prize. If selected as a fellow and you have not yet obtained registration documents, as part of the Anzisha Youth Entrepreneurial Support Unit, we will help you register your business.
If you are above 22 years old, you do not qualify to apply for the Anzisha Prize. However, there are other ways that you can get involved with our host organization, African Leadership Academy. One way is as an educator of the Global Summers Program. As a participant in the educator program, you will be trained at the African Leadership Academy on the Academy’s entrepreneurial leadership curriculum, enabling you to be an effective educator on entrepreneurship in the African context. Another way to be involved is as a partner of the BUILD-in-a-Box Program. Learn more about BUILD-in-a-Box here.
Unfortunately not. Anzisha Prize does not consider applications that are based on business plans only. Only fully operational businesses are considered. The Anzisha Prize seeks to support existing businesses and to help them to become sustainable and scale up. Once your business is established, we strongly encourage you to apply for the following year if you are still eligible.
If you are a previous applicant fro the Anzisha Prize, you may reapply for a second shot at an award provided you still meet the eligibility requirements. Having applied before will not affect your current application.
Absolutely! If you are a young person with a non-profit that shows that you have had an impact in your community, you are eligible to apply. Non-profits must be able to demonstrate that they have:
- Identified a social need in their community
- Effectively respond to this social need identified
- Have the potential to create jobs or create access to the job market for those who participate in the organization
- Reach beneficiaries and have the potential to reach many more beneficiaries
If you are having difficulty with completing the application, we recommend trying a different browser. If that does not work for you, try using a different device, such as a laptop or desktop computer. If neither of these options work for you to submit the application, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org for the Microsoft Word application and submit it via email.
As an organization or individual, you can nominate a young entrepreneur for the Anzisha Prize. Nominate them here.
Only the co-founder who has put in the application can come to South Africa for the week long training and will likely receive much inquiry about the enterprise directed to them. We recommend selecting someone who is well versed about all of the business’s functions, amicable and business pitch ready to apply on the enterprise’s behalf.
Once you have submitted your application, three rounds take place before we select our finalists for the year.
- The first round is a review of the applications by the application review team.
- The second round is an interview by phone for each applicant the application review team has recommended for going to the second round.
- The third round are due diligence trips which are a visit to the site of the venture by a team of African Leadership Academy staff members. African Leadership Academy staff members will go across Africa to visit those top 15 entrepreneurs to see the businesses for themselves and verify the business is as described. All applicants are notified via email about whether or not they have been successful in the process.
When you become a fellow, you gain access to our Youth Entrepreneurial Support Unit which provides:
- A monetary reward of $2,500 and the opportunity to compete for up to $25,000
- 6 months of consulting (worth $2,500)
- A week in South Africa with exposure to the world-renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum and training (worth $2,000)
- Access to Regional Gatherings with African Leadership Alumni (worth $1000)
- The opportunity to win up to $5,000 in cash prizes for demonstrating improvement in your enterprise
- Unlimited access to the African Leadership Academy’s Pan African Network in the African Leadership Group
- $500 worth of equipment
Everyone has a fair shot at winning the Anzisha Prize. From time to time we have special prizes for entrepreneurs in specific sectors. This year we have a special $10,000 award for enterprises in the agricultural field.
Anzisha Prize makes visits to countries across Africa each year on two separate occasions. In the beginning of the year, we go for the Anzisha Search Prize Tour this is from February to April when our applications are open and we are looking for the fellows in that year. The next time is when students from African Leadership Academy host a two day camp called BUILD-in-a-BOX which exposes youth at our partner organizations to experiential activities which help participants to understand the different facets of entrepreneurship. Last year we went to 27 countries and will return to just as many this year with BUILD in a Box. Stay up to date through the Anzisha Prize Facebook page.