The 2013 Anzisha Prize-$75,000 Prize for Young African Entrepreneurs.


Application Deadline: April 1st 2013.

The Anzisha Prize is the premier award for African entrepreneurs aged 15-22 who have developed and implemented innovative businesses or solutions that have a positive impact on their communities.

The Anzisha Prize is an initiative of the African Leadership Academy’s Centre for Entrepreneurial Leadership in partnership with the MasterCard Foundation.



  • Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 22.
  • Innovations in all fields (science and technology, civil society, arts and culture, sports, etc.) will be considered by the Prize Committee.
  • Some projects are carried out by small groups or teams that see themselves as equal. Should this be the case with your project, the primary initiator who assembled the project team should apply for the prize on behalf of the group. Should the group be named a finalist, only the primary initiator of the winning group will attend the workshop in South Africa, though winnings may be shared amongst the group.


Finalists will travel to South Africa for a weeklong entrepreneurial conference and stand to collectively win $75,000 in cash prizes, as well as access to lifelong mentorship that can be provided by Anzisha Prize’s vast network of individual partners, organizations, and youth leaders.

Judging Criteria
Applicants will be judged on:

  • Impact: Are you affecting the lives of others? Efforts have a demonstrated, measurable and positive outcome.
  • Ingenuity: Is your project unique or innovative? Applicants take a new and better approach to a pressing problem in their community.
  • Scalability: Do you have the potential to create jobs? Solutions have the potential to be replicated in communities facing similar challenges.


How to Apply

Online Forms (preferred method!):
Use the new online forms! This is the fastest, easiest way to enter!

PDF / Paper Forms:
Download and print the PDF forms. You can fax, email or post your application. Details are inside the forms.

Video Application (try it!):
This year we’re also accepting applications via YouTube! Visit our YouTube channel for more detailed instructions.


You can help in the following ways:

  • Help record an application: If you’re a teacher, traveller, community or family member with a smart-phone or video camera and Internet access, why not assist an aspiring applicant with their video application!
  • Provide tools: We want to ensure we reach far and wide! If you can provide young entrepreneurs in your community with Internet access or printing resources to ensure they get their applications in by April 1st 2013 – please do so! Download and hand out application forms at your school or community centre!
  • Promote the Prize: Share news about the Anzisha Prize within your own networks, organisations and communities.

 Click here to Nominate a young Entrepreneur!

If you have questions, or would like us to send you a form, email us at [email protected] or chat to us on Facebook


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