There is a certain uniqueness when it comes to the millennial generation born and raised in Africa.
While they are as quick thinking and techno-savvy as the rest of the world, young Africans are also solution oriented, facing every challenge on the continent with innovative advocacy measures. From very early ages, young Africans are creating solutions for Africa.
In the sphere of social entrepreneurship, various bodies and organizations are taking note of this wave, and are equipping Africa’s future with necessary resources, further empowering them with their current solutions. African Leadership Academy, an organization which aims at developing a powerful network of entrepreneurial leaders who will work together to achieve extraordinary social impact, has brought the Anzisha Prize (in partnership with MasterCard Foundation) to catalyze innovation and scale entrepreneurship among Africa’s young people.
Ranging from ages 15-22, the Prize has picked up amazing social entrepreneurs who have proved a measurable impact in their communities. Each of which were selected from a group of 550 entrepreneurs across 32 countries across the continent. These young change makers are currently under a two-week accelerator boot camp in South Africa, competing for their share of $100 000 USD in cash prizes. They also have access to Anzisha Prize Youth Entrepreneur Support United Services valued at $7 500 USD. This includes business support, implementation of projects to grow their businesses, access to business subject matter experts and access to numerous networking opportunities.
The future of entrepreneurship billionaires in Africa look like the following, remember their names:
- Aly Abd ElAzem, 20, Egypt. Co-founder of Teens Club, a city youth hub providing teenagers with a platform for professional self-development by linking them to experts, improving their skillsets, and providing a safe space for the expression of opinions and talents, with 30,000 youth applying to participate in the program in 2015 alone.
- Issam Darui, 22, Morocco. Founder of ma, the first electronic bus station in Morocco, available in 10 languages and 25 currencies, established to provide efficient travel services for the first time in Morocco, with schedules to over 150 destinations.
- Ifrah Mohamed, 19, Kenya. Founder of Supermom, which empowers unemployed and under-employed women by providing them with jobs in a door-to-door last mile distribution network for essential goods in rural Kenya, with over 20 “super moms” in the network.
- Benedict Kusi Ampofo, 22, Ghana. Founder of Project KIRIKU, a demonstration farm aiming to create sustainable agricultural communities with reduced poverty, providing over 60 farmers with skills, knowledge and agricultural innovations.
- Lamine Chamsiya, 21, Niger. Founder of E3D Cosmetique, which manufactures and markets a range of neem-based hair and skin cosmetic products with antiseptic properties.
- Yaye Souadou Fall, 21, Senegal. Founder of E-cover which produces innovative multi-purpose tiles for paving, playgrounds, swimming pools, shoe soles and other products, from recycled tyres, employing six people to date.
- Geoffrey Mulei, 20, Kenya. Founder of INKISHA, aimed at increasing access to eco-friendly packaging among African consumers by partnering with advertisers and innovative brands, providing around 350,000 free bags monthly, supported by an innovative revenue model.
- N’guessan Kori Jacques Olivier, 19, Cote d’Ivoire. Founder of The Yaletite Entrepreneurship Group CI, an ambitious initiative producing and marketing food crops for profit, locating subsidies for students with disabilities, and mobilizing youth for employment, with over 30 people employed.
- Heritiana Fabien Randriamananatahina, 22, Madagascar. Founder of FIOMBONANA, an agro-processing initiative that drives import substitution through local manufacture of dairy products and confectioneries, sourcing from local farmers with 12 people currently employed.
- Faustino Quissico, 22, Founder of TQ Group and Services, which supplies, installs and maintains hardwood floors, sourcing inputs and providing employment to 13 people.
- Asha Abbas, 17, Tanzania. Founder of Aurateen, an online platform providing teenage health and sex education by raising awareness of high-risk behaviours, working with medical practitioners and youth experts, and offering counselling services both online and in-person.
- Andrew Ddembe, 20, Uganda. Serial entrepreneur, and Founder of Heart for the Hurt, a diversified business supplying school uniforms, restaurant services and growing coffee, all of which reduce income variability for the business and around 30 employees, who predominantly have speech difficulties.
The winner of the Anzisha prize will be announced on 25th October at an exclusive gala event. You can watch the full event live here.