Blog Posts

And across Africa we go for the 2017 Anzisha Prize Tour

Written by , 22nd February 2017

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 Tour helps us to find a diverse pool of applicants, through on the ground partnerships with organizations throughout Africa which also have a similar mission of reducing youth unemployment in […]

Incredible funding opportunities for young Africans

Written by , 22nd February 2017

  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 or having valuable assets to use for security are a challenge. The good news is there are organisations that offer funding opportunities to help rising stars shine. We believe […]

Young Moroccan entrepreneur digitizes the road

Written by , 22nd February 2017

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 old Darui saw a gap in the public transport market, and the seeds for his company Lagare.ma were sown. Lagare.ma is Morocco’s first electronic bus station where the country’s growing […]

Why we love very young entrepreneurs in Africa

Written by , 13th February 2017

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 entrepreneurs (VYEs) aged 15 to 22, we reflect on the top five reasons why we love these special entrepreneurs and why we think you should too.   2016 Grand Prize […]

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

Written by , 8th February 2017

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.

What the military teaches us about training entrepreneurs

Written by , 31st January 2017

Boot camps have their history rooted in the military where, from the 1900s, countries at war sought effective and efficient ways to train up their civilians into soldiers. This has become a sort of art, with each country’s military designing programmes that would ultimately ‘create’ the type of soldier they seek to have fighting on […]

Anzisha Prize to Ecosystem: Fight Bias Against Women in Business to Encourage Female Participation in Entrepreneurship

Written by , 26th January 2017

Meet Ifrah Arab, 20 from Kenya, founder of SuperMom, a last-mile distribution company which employs women and makes sustainable products easily accessible to them in rural communities.  Also just as incredible is Vanessa Zommi, 22 from Cameroon, founder of Afya Tea, a venture which seeks to lower the diabetes rate throughout Africa by creating affordable […]

Why Not Entrepreneurship?

Written by , 11th January 2017

The Choices Made by a Young African Farmer After my recent participation as a Top 12 finalist in the Anzisha Prize, many people have asked why you are so interested in entrepreneurship despite your chosen career in medicine. I’m going to try to answer that question in a series of reflections. Understanding my purpose has […]

Young entrepreneur’s experience as judge for international conference

Written by , 14th December 2016

What an honor it was to be invited to the Junior Achievement African Company of the Year awards hosted in Harare, Zimbabwe from December 7th  to the 10th 2016! The prestigious event brings together 14 different countries to compete for the the Junior Achievement Company of the Year award. All participants were between the ages […]

The Growth of an Anzisha Entrepreneur! #Thedubchallenge

Written by , 1st December 2016

How have you grown as an entrepreneur? If you have been on social media lately, you might have come across the #dubchallenge. This is another enjoyable photo sharing craze where individuals post pictures of themselves and how they have visibly grown in beauty and swag over the last several years. Photos range from comparisons of […]

How the 2015 Fellows have benefitted from the Anzisha Prize

Written by , 23rd March 2016

Only 12 Fellows are selected each year and become lifelong members of the Anzisha network, with access to a web of business leaders, investors and networking opportunities.

How to get noticed by the Anzisha Prize: Past finalists share their tips

Written by , 3rd March 2016

Last year’s finalists and winners were happy to share their tips for producing a winning application.