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Igniting entrepreneurship by example featuring Sudan and Impact Hub

March 23rd, 2017 by

We made a few changes to the Anzisha Prize Tour experience, which have definitely allowed our experience on the ground to be more fruitful. This…

Tips for entrepreneurs for navigating a conference fruitfully

March 23rd, 2017 by

There are many opportunities for entrepreneurs to attend conferences and gatherings of all sorts these days. They are generally viewed as beneficial to participate in….

Some surprising misconceptions about youth entrepreneurship in Africa, and why they matter

March 9th, 2017 by

I recently attended a very informative session hosted by African Development Bank (AfDB), sharing their newly published strategy on Jobs for Youth in Africa. The…

Anzisha Prize 2016 winner sees business grow over four-fold just months after winning the prize

March 7th, 2017 by

Last year, the Anzisha Prize judges ploughed through 550 promising applications from 32 African countries to shortlist 12 finalists, and then to crown the ultimate…

Rockstar entrepreneur Karidas Tshintsholo: from wire cars to SA textiles

March 7th, 2017 by

Karidas Tshintsholo, like most other four year olds, halted what he was doing as soon as he heard the distant and jarring jingle of the…

And across Africa we go for the 2017 Anzisha Prize Tour

February 22nd, 2017 by

Every year, when Anzisha Prize applications open, we hit the road to find Africa’s top youngest entrepreneurs during the Anzisha Prize Tour. The Anzisha Prize…

Incredible funding opportunities for young Africans

February 22nd, 2017 by

Getting a venture off the ground or growing an existing business as a young entrepreneur can be difficult: raising capital without a solid credit history…

Young Moroccan entrepreneur digitizes the road

February 22nd, 2017 by

Ten years ago, Moroccan entrepreneur Issam Darui started work as his bus-driver brother’s assistant. In the humming bus stations of the country’ cities, the then 13-year…

Anzisha Prize for African youth entrepreneurs opens applications for 2017

February 15th, 2017 by

African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation today launched the 2017 call for applications for the Anzisha Prize, Africa’s award for youth entrepreneurs who are making their mark on Africa’s entrepreneurial landscape. Fifteen of Africa’s most promising business and social entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22 have the opportunity to win a share of US$100,000, receive ongoing business consulting services, and connect to a global network of leaders.

Why we love very young entrepreneurs in Africa

February 13th, 2017 by

As we are about to open applications and embark on the 2017 Anzisha Prize tour in search for a cohort of amazing, successful very young…

Paying yourself a salary as a small business owner: If your business requires your free labour, is it truly viable?

February 8th, 2017 by

As a small business owner, you may have encountered difficulty in paying yourself a salary, or at the very least a steady and predictable salary. This is not an uncommon problem. Many struggle both with setting their salary at a particular level and with then consistently paying themselves that salary. You may set the salary level based on what philosophy you subscribe to. But paying yourself that salary consistently may need you to change how you think about your business financial management.

Young woman seizes gap in logistics market, inspiring other talented entrepreneurial girls

February 7th, 2017 by

Ifrah Arab, at only twenty years old, mastered the business of last mile distribution in a remote part of Northeastern Kenya. Essential items were not…