Though it is the world’s youngest continent, Africa is faced with few resources and high unemployment, African youth are turning to innovation to solve challenges in their communities. Some are getting rich doing it, and also becoming employers in the process.
The Anzisha Prize received applicants from 33 African countries, including finalists for the first time from Zimbabwe and Ethiopia, but only 12 young entrepreneurs from nine African countries have been identified as finalists for the 2015 Anzisha Prize. The applicants ranged from a diversity of sectors including: agriculture, technology, youth empowerment, education and fashion.
They were chosen from 494 applicants. The Anzisha Prize team partnership between the African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation searched for African entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22.
The Anzisha Prize is a growing social impact program entirely focused on accelerating the entry of millions of young Africans into viable and exciting entrepreneurship opportunities within high growth economic sectors.
The 2015 Anzisha Week taking place from 12 – 18 November 2015 in Johannesburg. During which they will receive intensive training from African Leadership Academy’s renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership faculty and engage with industry leaders as mentors
Now meet the top 12 Anzisha finalists:
- Blessing Fortune Kwomo, 19, Nigeria. Co-founder of De Rehoboths Therapeutic Studio which extends home-based health care through tailored family action plans for treating illness and addressing root causes to empower families to live healthier within the context of their surroundings/ circumstances.
- Chantal Butare, 21, Rwanda.Founder of Kinazi Dairy Cooperative (KIDACO) offering market access to 3,250 farmers through 10 milk collectors.
- Chris Kwekowe, 22, Nigeria.Founder of Slatecube, an e-learning platform that allows learners to study ICT-related course work and be certified at their convenience, with 200 active users on the platform this year.
- Daniel Mukisa, 21, Uganda.Co-founder of Transporter Company, provider of delivery services in Kampala using own branded fleet of 30 motorbikes, carrying out around 150 deliveries daily for corporate clients.
- Fabrice Alomo, 22, Cameroon.Founder of MyAconnect, which is a web platform that aims to ease trade in Africa by digitizing what and how people buy, sell, and pay, through four user-friendly applications, with 128 companies currently utilizing the platforms.
- Farai Munjoma, 18, Zimbabwe. Co-founder of Shasha Iseminar, providing access to courseware content, past examination questions and answers, and career guidance to high school age kids. He also offers school fees contribution to kids from revenues earned, and carries out projects at orphanages.
- George Mtemahanji, 22, Tanzania.Co-founder of SunSweet Solar, which designs, plans, organizes and brings solar energy to rural Tanzania. One of his projects was the construction of the largest solar energy system in Kilombero, at Benignis Girls Secondary School of Ifakara.
- Hidaya Ibrahim, 21, Ethiopia.Co-founder of Qine Association for Promoting Education Quality, an education venture that organizes capacity building activities for students to increase critical thinking on the quality of Ethiopian education.
- Karidas Tshintsholo, 20, South Africa.Co-founder of Push Ismokol’, a clothing brand that employs six people in the Ekangala township of Pretoria, with significant pent up demand due to savvy marketing techniques.
- Mabel Suglo, 22, Ghana.Co-founder of Echo Shoes, foot-wear business specializing in designing and making shoes from recycled waste, producing 30 pairs of shoes a month, and engaging persons with disabilities in the production process.
- Sirjeff Dennis, 21, Tanzania.Founder of Jefren Afgrifriend Solutions (JAS) Poultry farming, raising 1,500 broiler chickens a month, and selling100 150kg bags of organic fertilizer a month.
- Vanessa Zommi, 19, Cameroon. Co-founder of Emerald Moringa Tea aimed at managing diabetes in her community by providing products which contain key antioxidants, currently producing 15 kg of output per month.
It is never too early or late to solve socio-economic issues in your community and it all starts with you!