Anzisha Prize Summit

Very Young Entrepreneur Education & Acceleration Summit

The Anzisha Prize in partnership with African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation will be hosting the Very Young Entrepreneur Education and Acceleration Summit. This will be a full-day conference/summit experience in Johannesburg, South Africa that will explore and celebrate excellence and new approaches in entrepreneurship education as well as support for very young entrepreneurs.
This will become the premier conference platform for parents, teachers, investors, and policy-makers defining the entrepreneurship ecosystem for under-25’s in Africa.
We welcome attendees from Johannesburg, South Africa to join us for the conference on 15 April!
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About the Summit!

This summit will be a packed day for anyone interested in the education, startup or enterprise development sectors to gain perspectives from those who are on the ground doing this important work to transform our economies. Delegates will also see launches of new resources, innovations and tools, including:

  • Parenting the Boss – A guide to raising and supporting young African entrepreneurs for parents, by parents.
  • The new African Leadership Academy Entrepreneurship Fund – A partnership with Omidyar Network which is a matching fund available to graduates of ALA programs.

The day will also include two break-away panels to discuss investing and policy opportunities and challenges for Very Young Entrepreneurs (under-25) with investors, policy-makers and entrepreneurs. Other panels will include:

  • A break-away panel to discuss approaches and challenges of being a parent to a Very Young Entrepreneur.
  • A panel on being an entrepreneurship educator in Africa. We will release chapters from our upcoming guide to running entrepreneurship simulations for schools as well as a tips book by and for teachers on entrepreneurship.

We will also release our Anzisha Scenarios research where we paint a future we hope to help create and a tool through which to drive the conversation around very young entrepreneurs in the years to come.

Summit at a Glance

Speakers and Panellists

Gain new insights, network and share ideas with key influencers and thought leaders in the youth entrepreneurship ecosystem.


Josh Adler

Josh Adler is the Executive Director of the Anzisha Program. He is a self-proclaimed “social impact explorer”, trying to figure out how best leverage the nexus of business, technology, education and social development to create new and meaningful public value. A former tech entrepreneur.

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Yinka Adegoke

Yinka Adegoke is Africa editor for Quartz where he oversees and coordinates coverage of the news and ideas in partnership with writers across the continent. He has reported from more than 10 countries across Europe, Africa and the Americas. Before joining Quartz, Yinka was deputy editor at Billboard where he ran the business coverage.


Llewellyn Fredericks

Llewellyn Fredericks serves as Investment Officer. He is responsible for new investments as well as portfolio management at E Squared. He is a qualified chartered accountant and completed articles at Ernst & Young in Cape Town after obtaining a B.BusSci and PGDA at the University of Cape Town.

Partners and Collaborators


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