US$100,000 Anzisha Prize 2019 opens call for Africa’s top innovators


The Anzisha Prize program, a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation has launched its call for 2019 applications for Africa’s most innovative entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22.

The $100,000 prize will see the grand prize winner take home $25,000, 1st runner-up will receive $15,000 and 2nd runner-up will receive $12,500.

Applicants are advised that judging criteria requires them to show commitment to growing their venture into a job-creation engine with the ability to demonstrate their contribution to society. All the criteria can be found on the Anzisha website at
The prize is open to very young African entrepreneurs who have founded or co-founded a running business in any sector on the continent. Applications are open in English, Portuguese, Arabic and French to encourage applicants from across the continent to recognise the diverse entrepreneurship efforts that are growing among very young Africans.

“We are proud to have our entrepreneurs represent over 30 African countries within a diverse suite of sectors. We encourage all nationalities to apply so that we can continue to support exceptional young job-starters who are improving lives and will become a part of a truly Pan-African network.” Josh Adler, VP of growth and entrepreneurship at African Leadership Academy.

The call for applications closes on 31 March 2019 and the Anzisha Prize team will be visiting key regional hubs in the next few months to tell the stories of youth entrepreneurship as part of the annual Anzisha Tour.

The 2019 tour cities will include Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, Addis Ababa in Ethiopia and Yamoussoukro in Côte d’Ivoire. The Anzisha Prize currently has 102 fellows within its network since the program started in 2011.