The Anzisha Prize is Africa’s biggest award for her youngest entrepreneurs, and hands out over USD $100,000 every year in funding to entrepreneurs from all over the continent. Entrepreneurs like Kondwani Banda from Zambia and Alhaji siraj Bah from Sierra Leone.

The applications for Anzisha Prize 2019 have closed. The winners will be announced in August. However, if you believe that you have the potential to be Africa’s next entrepreneur, do not despair, applications reopen in February 2020. Download the application guide to see if you are eligible for the prize and when the time comes apply!

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Examples of 2018 Anzisha Prize Finalists!

If you are interested in applying for the Anzisha Prize make sure you are eligible by reading the criteria and downloading the guide. It's a simple application so why not get right to it. Send any questions to

Winners will be announced in August

While we await the anticipated announcement of the finalists, we encourage future candidates to get acquainted with the program. If you are interested in applying for the Anzisha Prize in February 2020 make sure you are eligible by reading the criteria and downloading the guide. It is never too soon to start, after all, the early bird does indeed catch the worm first.


Download the guide and make sure you are eligible to enter:

  1. You must be between 15 and 22 years old with an ID document or Passport to present as evidence. Anyone born before November 1, 1996 or after October 31, 2004 will not be considered.
  2. You must be a national of an African country with a business based in Africa for African customers/ beneficiaries.
  3. 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.
  4.  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.
  5. Individuals who apply must be one of the founding members of a business (for example, 2 or 3 co-founders who started up the project together)

Once you know that you are eligible for the Prize, make sure to apply through the link below in February 2020.

If you would prefer to apply in a different language, please take a look at the different language applications below:

FrenchPortuguese, or Arabic

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 following 2 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?

This is the value of the Fellowship you will be a part of, if you win - Additional investment of $8,000/ $10,000 in each Fellow

  1. Monetary Reward of a shared amount of $100,000
  2. $2,000 access to a world- renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum and training with the potential for further investment based on engagement and performance
  3. $2,500 worth of rewards from consulting and mentorship services
  4. $2,000 worth of rewards from Global speaking events or Experts in Residence support
  5. $1,000 worth of rewards from Regional Indabas across the continent

Do you have questions ?

The Anzisha Prize team as well as our partners throughout the African Continent are here to help you during the application process.

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All the best with your applications!