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2021 Anzisha Prize Have Officially Closed!

The top 20 finalists will be announced in October

If you have applied to the Anzisha Prize, you have taken an exciting step towards building your business!

Here's what you can expect after your application:

✅ We'll do a phone interview with you, and if you're selected as a semi-finalist, we'll be coming to visit you!
✅ In July 2021, we announce our top 50 Finalists, who get to be part of the Anzisha Prize Semi Finalist Support Programme.
✅ By August 2021, we will announce our top 20 Finalists for 2021, selected from all across Africa. (It's so EXCITING!)

While you wait to hear from us, take a quick look at what some of our fellows have achieved!

Watch the Story of One of Our Most Successful Female Entrepreneurs



After losing her father at a young age, Vanessa Ishimwe had to come to terms with growing up in Kyaka II refugee resettlement camp together with her mother and three siblings. At the age of 18, her experience in the refugee camp motivated her to start an early childhood development centre in order to create employment opportunities not just for herself but for other youth within the camp.


The Anzisha Prize is for you.

The Anzisha Prize is Africa’s biggest award for her youngest entrepreneurs aged 15 - 22 years, and hands out over USD $100,000 every year in prize money to entrepreneurs from all over the continent.


15 February 2021: Applications Open for the 2021 Anzisha Prize.
15 April 2021: Application closing date has been extended until 15 April 2021!
May 2021: Phone interviews and due diligence visit with the semi-finalists, and final selection.
July 2021: Announcement of the top 50 Finalists of the 2021 edition of the Anzisha Prize.
October 2021: Announcement of the top 20 2021 Finalists.
October 2021: Anzisha Business Accelerator and Anzisha Prize Awards Forum.

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Download the Application Guide:

With over $100,000 on the line, you’ll want all the tips and tricks!

The Applications Guide is packed with useful information and guidance to help you submit a high quality application you feel confident about. This year we are thrilled to welcome our tenth Anzisha Prize Fellowship, and we can’t wait to celebrate your achievements with the world!

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  1. You must be between 15 and 22 years old with an ID document or Passport to present as evidence. Anyone born before November 1, 1998 or after October 31, 2004, will not be considered.
  2. You must be a national of an African country with a business based in Africa for African customers/beneficiaries.
  3. The Anzisha Prize isn’t awarded for great ideas or business plans – you must have already started, and be able to prove it! Get started now and ensure you have tangible results to share before applications open.
  4. Your business, invention or social project can be in any field or industry (science and technology, civil society, arts and culture, sports, etc.). Any kind of venture is welcome to apply.
  5. Individuals who apply must be one of the founding members of a business (for example, 2 or 3 co-founders who started up the project together).

To be selected as one of our Anzisha ventures, your business or project will be judged on the following 5 criteria:

  • Is your venture established with customers and beneficiaries and are you offering value to them?
  • Are you, the founder, leading and managing your venture?
  • Is your venture demonstrating some impact already?
  • Whether your venture is a for-profit business or cause-based, does it already earn revenues or already reach beneficiaries? Is there potential to increase revenues or beneficiary reach with support from Anzisha?
  • Has your venture created some jobs and is there potential to create more high quality jobs?

To be selected as one of our Anzisha Fellows, you must demonstrate two important qualities:

  1. You are the leader of your venture and you drive both venture strategy and operations.
  2. You spend at least 20 hours a week (or more) on your business and plan to continue to do so after selection.
  1. Monetary Reward of a shared amount of $100,000
  2. $2,000 access to a world- renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership curriculum and training with the potential for further investment based on engagement and performance
  3. $2,500 worth of support from consulting and mentorship services
  4. $2,000 worth of fees for Global speaking events or Experts in Residence support
  5. $1,000 worth of access to Regional Indabas across the continent