Opinions

This section contains thought leadership from the Anzisha Team about hot topics in entrepreneurship.

Starting a company at age 14? No sweat!

April 23rd, 2015 by

Ugandan Noah Walakira was just 14 when he started Namirembe Sweater Makers, a community-based organisation that started off by manufacturing knitted jerseys for schools in Kampala.

The entrepreneur behind the schoolbag that transforms into a light at night

April 21st, 2015 by

Repurpose Schoolbags is an innovation made from ‘upcycled’ plastic shopping bags with built-in solar technology.

Then and now: A look at how past finalists benefited from the Anzisha Prize

April 8th, 2015 by

With the deadline for 2015 Anzisha Prize applications fast approaching, past finalists want to encourage entries for this year, and shared how they have benefited.

Want to apply for the Anzisha Prize? Here are some tips from past finalists

March 19th, 2015 by

“I think my application was noticed because I was able to demonstrate traction and I was clear as much as possible,” says Temitayo Olufuwa, founder of Jobs In Nigeria.

Why a 15 year old decided to build bikes from bamboo in Ghana

March 18th, 2015 by

“It’s so sad and so serious that a common toothpick in my country has to be imported from other countries,” said Winifred Selby.

Five youths hoping to be named Africa’s top young entrepreneur for 2015

February 25th, 2015 by

It has been less than a week since applications for the 2015 Anzisha Prize opened, and there are already around 30 applicants. Here is a taste of some of them.

Visa denied! How a broken dream triggered this young Kenyan entrepreneur

February 11th, 2015 by

“Looking back, I’m happy my US visa was denied because it made me do something at home.”

Young entrepreneur shares lessons from running a food business in DRC

January 28th, 2015 by

“I want young people to change their thinking and not to believe that it is better overseas, because in the DRC and Africa there are more opportunities than anywhere else,” said Benedict Mundele, founder of Surprise Tropicale.

Meet the computer whizz from Togo who built his first robot at age seven

January 21st, 2015 by

Sam Kodo was just seven when he started building his first robot that could both circumvent obstacles and interact with people. Now he is building low-cost PCs for Africa.

Thinking like a CEO: Why a 19-year-old is winning the clean energy game in Kenya

January 14th, 2015 by

Tom Osborn has a humble manner about him, which is surprising since, at the age of 19, he has already been recognised as one of world’s top young entrepreneurs.

How Africa’s top young entrepreneur in 2014 is solving health problems with technology

January 7th, 2015 by

“For me changing the world isn’t about creating a new phone that the whole world buys. For me it is just about bringing positive change to the local community.”

What we learned at entrepreneurial boot camp

September 19th, 2014 by

Today at African Leadership Academy, Anzisha Prize Finalists gained important insight on what it means to be a successful entrepreneurial leader. Here’s a recap of the concepts they explored.