2017 Applications for Anzisha Prize are now closed!
Thank you to all of those who applied for Anzisha Prize 2017
Important dates for 2017 application cycle
Our team is now hard at work reading all your applications. If you submitted a strong application, we could visit you very soon! Here are the important dates for 2017.
- 15 February 2017: Open Applications for Anzisha
- April 1, 2017: Applications close.
- May / June 2017: phone interviews and due diligence visit with the semi-finalists, and final selection
- July 2017: Announcement of the Finalists of the 2017 edition of the Anzisha Prize
- October 2017: Anzisha Business Accelerator and Anzisha Prize Awards Gala
It’s never too early to start getting ready to apply next year
To ensure that you submit a high quality application to be considered for the 2018 Anzisha Prize Application cycle download our application guide below which includes tips and tricks to guide you towards submitting a high quality application.
You can also start preparing for the 2018 Application season by checking the information below. Send any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
First, make sure you are eligible to enter:
- You must be between 15 and 22 years old with an ID document or Passport to present as evidence. Anyone born before October 31, 1995 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 (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). One person can apply for the Prize, on behalf of the team.
To be selected as one of our Anzisha ventures, your business or project will be judged on the following 5 criteria:
- Already Running Venture: Is the venture established with customers and beneficiaries? Does the venture deliver value to said beneficiaries and customers?
- Founder-led: Is the venture led and managed by the founder?
- Impact: Has the venture demonstrated some impact already?
- Scalability: If the venture is a for-profit business, does it already earn revenues and does it have potential increase revenues with the support of Anzisha? If the venture is a not-for-profit enterprise, does it already reach beneficiaries and does it have the potential to reach many more beneficiaries with support from Anzisha?
- Job Creation: Has the venture created some jobs and has the potential to create more high quality jobs?
To be selected as one of our Anzisha Fellows, you must demonstrate the two following qualities:
- Venture leader: Are you the leader of your venture and do you drive both venture strategy and operations?
- Commitment: Do you spend at least 20 hours a week or more on your business and will you continue to do so after selection?
Value of the Fellowship – Additional investment of $8,000/ $10,000 in each Fellow
- Monetary Reward of a shared amount of $100,000
- $2,000 access to a world- renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum and training with the potential for further investment based on engagement and performance
- $2,500 worth of rewards from consulting and mentorship services
- $2,000 worth of rewards from Global speaking events or Experts in Residence support
- $1,000 worth of rewards from Regional Indabas across the continent