African Leadership Academy

In 2010, African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation announced the Anzisha Prize, and together embarked on a journey to celebrate the entrepreneurial achievements and business savvy of young people across the continent.

African Leadership Academy was founded on the belief of the power of youth and with a mission to develop Africa’s future ethical leaders.

The goal of the prize is to identify entrepreneurial youth in Africa who have created ventures that impact their communities, to give them access to capital and mentorship that will help grow their ventures, and to share their stories with the world so they may continue inspiring countless others.

To create lasting change in Africa, it is necessary to make investments that treat the causes, and not just the symptoms, of under-development in Africa. ALA believes that an undersupply of leadership across all sectors is the root cause of many of Africa’s problems. Africa needs strong leaders throughout society, in the spheres of politics, business, health care, education, the environment, and beyond, to create positive change and generate growth and prosperity.

Found out more about ALA’s various programs:

2-year program for Africa’s next generation of leaders:

Global Scholars Program – ALA’s 3-week summer program for teens: