Entrepreneur Stories

Read about our fellows and the growth of their ventures as covered by the Anzisha Team.

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…

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…

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…

Anzisha Fellows Rock Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship Youth Category at #ALN2016

November 7th, 2016 by

For the first ever distribution of the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship to youth, three Anzisha Prize Fellows have been nominated by one of Africa’s most prominent…

Innovative Nigerian tutor aggregater experiences exponential growth

June 16th, 2016 by

While the Prize has already received well over 500 applicants, only around 5% of these are from entrepreneurs in North Africa – mainly Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia.

Four promising young businesspeople from African frontier markets

April 21st, 2016 by

There are some frontier markets in Africa that have only seen one entrepreneur apply for the Anzisha Prize – and we decided to highlight a few.

The young women entrepreneurs looking to champion Africa

April 14th, 2016 by

While in the past there have been a lot fewer women applicants for the Anzisha Prize than men, history also shows these young women can have a considerable social impact in their communities.

The young Zimbabwean with a free online classroom for students

March 17th, 2016 by

“When you have a good idea and that burning desire within to bring change, do not let anyone tell you that you can’t do it,” says Farai Munjoma.

Cameroonian puts diabetes to flight with tea manufacturing business

March 10th, 2016 by

“At first I was doing this just for my mom, but then I realised this could help other people like her in Cameroon, as well as Africa.”

How a 17-year-old started a poultry business in the slums of Dar es Salaam

February 18th, 2016 by

Sirjeff Dennis was five when he witnessed a neighbour lose her seven-month old son to malnutrition, and it created a passion to fight hunger in his community.

Meet the young woman with a healthcare service for Nigeria’s low-income families

February 4th, 2016 by

Here is how Nigerian Blessing Kwomo (20) started her holistic healthcare company that tackles the cause of illness.