Entrepreneur Stories

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

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.”

West Africans shine at 2014 Anzisha Prize Gala Awards

September 24th, 2014 by

Nteff Alain (Cameroon), founder of Gifted Mom was announced as the grand prize winner of the 4th annual Anzisha Prize Award, receiving a $25 000 cash prize to support his social business. He leads rising tide of West African youth entrepreneurs.

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.

Nigerian start-up Prepclass helping university hopefuls over final hurdle

September 11th, 2014 by

Nigerian tech start-up Prepclass was launched just over a year ago and has already created a buzz. Co-founded by Chukwuwezam Obanor, Prepclass provides a database of study content to help prepare prospective university students for their Joint Admissions and Matriculation Board (JAMB) exams.

How this young entrepreneur built his township cycle tour business

September 1st, 2014 by

During the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, entrepreneurial activity flourished as South Africans prepared to host an influx of sporting fans and tourists from around the world. One of these entrepreneurs was Jeffrey Mulaudzi.

How David Mwendele is making money to fund his youth charity

April 16th, 2014 by

Tanzanian social entrepreneur David Mwendele was born into a poor family, lived on the streets when his parents separated and was eventually taken in by an orphanage and sponsored to go to school.

How Freddie the Dreamer introduced technology in rural Tanzania

April 7th, 2014 by

Tanzanian entrepreneur Frederick Swai says that in his rural village in the Mbeya region, “almost 90% of the youth know how to use computers”, thanks to the training centre he started five years ago.

Young Ugandan creates business management app for SMEs

February 20th, 2014 by

Ugandan Titus Mawano is the 23-year-old entrepreneur behind Ffene, an award-winning business management platform for African small and medium enterprises (SMEs) that assists with accounting, customer and inventory management.

The story of Best Ayiorwoth: Starting a microfinance business at age 19

January 30th, 2014 by

“I never wanted to stop at that point in my education so it angered me… I would always remind myself that someday when I could, I would ensure that every girl child in my community received the best education they could.”