The Anzisha Prize invites applications from young entrepreneurs aged between 15 and 22 years old who are Africans to apply for the 2014 Anzisha Prize. The prize targets Africans who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities.
After winning the prize, Mentorship, consulting and community gatherings become part of the fellow experience in the years that follow as you and your venture grow from strength the strength. The Anzisha Fellow program will help you become the best you can be!
Worth of Award
- 12 finalists from across Africa will win an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa to be a part of a week-long entrepreneurship workshop and conference at the African Leadership Academy campus on the outskirts of Johannesburg.
- The grand prize winners, selected from these finalists, will share prizes worth $75,000 USD.
- Anzisha Fellows are also supported for life as part of African Leadership Academy’s approach to youth development.
Before you begin, make sure you are eligible to enter:
- You must be between the ages of 15 and 22 years old.
- Your business or project must be up and running. The Anzisha Prize is not for great ideas or business plans – you must have already started, and be able to prove it!
- 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.
- Groups or teams can apply (for example, maybe you have 2 or 3 co-founders who started your business or project together), however you must choose one person to apply for the prize, on behalf of the group. This individual must be one of the founding members.
To be selected as one of the 12 Anzisha Fellows, your business or project will be judged on the following 3 criteria:
- Impact: Does your venture have a demonstrated, measurable and positive social and economic impact.
- Ingenuity: Have you taken a new or better approach to a pressing problem or business opportunity within your community.
- Scalability: Does your business or social project have the potential to grow or be replicated with support and investment.
How to Apply: Applications are done online via their website (see link below).
Deadline: Application deadline is April 1, 2014: Semi-finalists will be chosen on a rolling admissions basis, so get your application in early. If you have a very strong application, they could be visiting you very soon!
- 1 March 2014: Early Bird applications reviewed.
- May/June 2014: Semi-finalist due diligence visits and and final selection.
- July 2014: Anzisha Prize Finalists for 2014 announced.
- September 2014: Anzisha Prize Week & Awards Ceremony.