Applications open for 4th $1.5m Africa’s Business Heroes competition.


The Africa’s Business Heroes competition, which annually awards ten outstanding entrepreneurs from around Africa with a share of a US$1.5 million grant, is now accepting applications for the fourth year.

The Africa’s Business Heroes (ABH) competition is the Jack Ma Foundation’s flagship philanthropy effort focused at helping and motivating the next generation of African entrepreneurs in all industries.

ABH will recognize 100 African entrepreneurs over the course of ten years and commit to providing grant funding, training programs, and other support for the building of a stronger entrepreneurial ecosystem.

Entrepreneurs from all 54 African countries, across every sector, age group, and gender are now able to submit their applications, in either French and English, for a chance to become one of the 10 finalists for the fourth edition of the challenge.

The official slogan of the competition, “It’s African Time”, is a bold call to action to all talented African entrepreneurs who are challenging stereotypes associated with “African time” – creating local impact and building a better, more inclusive future through their businesses.

At the grand finale later this year, 10 finalists will take the stage to present their businesses to a panel of business legends to win a share of the US$1.5 million grant. The journey to the final will also include access to a community of international leaders and innovators, industry experts, investors and accelerators, as well multi-disciplinary bootcamps and training sessions to help the finalists take their businesses to the next level.

“Entrepreneurship in Africa is experiencing a strong upward trajectory and it is so encouraging to see. But there are still so many entrepreneurs whose inspiring stories and impactful businesses need a spotlight, and who could benefit from additional support,” said Zahra Baitie, head of partnerships and programmes at ABH.

“We want to enable entrepreneurs that are not only building successful businesses, but who are also running mission driven organisations that generate growth for their local communities across Africa. If this sounds like you, join the Africa’s Business Heroes prize competition today. It’s African Time.”