Anzisha has unveiled its top 20 finalists for the 2019 Anzisha prize. A partnership between Leadership Academy and MasterCard Foundation, Anzisha is a program that seeks to fundamentally and significantly increase the number of job generative entrepreneurs in Africa.
Anzisha identifies, empower and celebrate young African visionaries and entrepreneurs between the age of 15-22 whose innovative ideas are capable of redefining and lifting African’s growth trajectory.
This year’s submission program witnessed candidates from various sectors, with over 500 applicants from remote and fragile communities.
The campaign grand winner will emerge at the ninth annual Anzisha prize forum on 22 October in Johannesburg, South Africa. But first, the top 20 candidates will gather for a 12-day accelerator boot camp where they will be coached by local and global experts in preparation for the independent judging panel who will decide the winner of the $25, 000 Grand Prize.
Last year saw 22-year-old Melissa Bime from Cameroon emerge as the eventual winner, wooing the judging panel with her online blood drive database project.
Anzisha Prize 2019: The Following Names Are The 2019 Finalists As Presented By Anzisha:
Asia Saeed, 20, Somalia: Founder of 2doon, a social enterprise established to reduce unemployment for the Somalian youth.
Godiragetse Fareed Mogajane, 21, South Africa: Founder of Goodie Tutors, a tutoring agency that provides extra tutorial classes by offering one-on-one tutoring; university pre-exam workshops and exam-focuses maths workshops for high school students.
Marvellous Nyongoro, 22, Zimbabwe: Founder of The Housing Hub, a service provision platform founded by Marvellous that uses smart technology.
Velache Coker, 19, Sierra Leone: Founder of Canaan Farms. Canaan Farms is an agribusiness and distribution company with two branches that grow various produce (watermelon, okra, cassava, etc.).
Emmanuel Owusu Agyei, 22, Ghana: Founder of Campus Trends Ghana, a marketing firm providing advice, qualitative and communications services to bridge the gap between the firm and the student market.
Jariatou Jallow, 21, Gambia: Founder of Yonima Errands Runner, an enterprise founded by Jariatou which provides business errands such as business registration, bank account openings, administrative, etc.
Caleb Annobil, 21, Ghana: Founder of High School Water Product, an enterprise that customizes sachet water to sell to students at affordable prices.
Christian Kassahun, 21, Ethiopia: Co-founder of GebeyaNet, an agricultural E-Commerce platform that connects smallholder farmers with the market and also facilitates logistics and payment systems for them.
Mamadjang Jallow, 20, Gambia: Founder of Jallow Trading, a small scale horticultural gardening venture founded by Mamadjang which produces a wide variety of fruits and vegetables which he sells to vendors and households around his region.
Saudah Birungi, 22, Uganda: Saudah co-founded Tusafishe which is an enterprise that constructs water filters using locally available materials for students in rural schools and in their homes to provide them with safe drinking water.
Olipah Chomba, 22, Zambia: Founder of Poultry, an enterprise that orders broiler chicken, nurtures them for a period of six weeks by providing them with the necessary vaccines and medicine.
Osvaldo Mokouma, 19, Republic of Congo: Founder of AquagriTech, an enterprise that enhances urban bio-waste to produce natural food from fish that are put in a closed circuit with plants that assimilate the droppings of fish for their growth.
Segbe Accrombessi, 22, Benin: Founder of Kawan Africa, an enterprise that produces and sells tomato puree. They set up workshops to train young girls to produce the puree and then become wholesalers who buy their products to sell them afterward.
Balbina Gulam, 21, Tanzania: Founder of Huduma Smart, an enterprise that trains domestic workers and provides a job market for them.
Catherine Nalukwago, 22, Uganda: Catherine is the co-founder of Vertical and Micro Gardening an enterprise that has developed a product called The Vertical Farm which makes urban farming a viable micro-enterprise for low-income households.
Cecil Chikezie, 21, Kenya: Founder of Eco Makaa, a company that connects local fuel briquette producers to a client base by recruiting the community's small-scale briquette producers who collectively produce standardized briquettes.
Abdulwaheed Alayande, 21, Nigeria: Founder of TREP LABS, an enterprise offering a product called REALDRIP which is an infusion meter that makes blood transfusion and drip treatment simpler and safer.
Emmanuel Okon, 22, Nigeria: Okon founded Vmedkit – a health company that focuses on alleviating mental illnesses using virtual reality technology.
Raghda Medhat, 22, Egypt: Founder of Internsvalley, a system that connects fresh software engineers who seek work experience with international early-stage start-ups through practical remote internship and job opportunities.
Yannick Kimanuka, 21, DRC: The KIM’s School Complex, founded by Yannick in 2018, is a nursery and primary school which aims to reduce the trend of intellectual disability found in children from her community.
The Anzisha Prize will be hosting broadcast parties across the continent to share the stories of this year’s top 20 entrepreneurs and to encourage young Africans to star up their own ventures.
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