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Anzisha Prize
Johanesburg, South Africa
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The Anzisha Prize program is a partnership between African Leadership Academy and Mastercard Foundation that seeks to fundamentally and significantly increase the number of job generative entrepreneurs in Africa. We believe that a key to doing so is to test, implement and then share models for identifying, training and connecting high potential, very young entrepreneurs (15 to 22-year olds) so that many more organizations have better collective success in creating a pipeline of entrepreneurs with the capabilities for scale. By inspiring and supporting very young Africans with leadership potential to pursue and succeed in entrepreneurship, we believe that we will develop successful entrepreneurial businesses run by young people that employ other young people. Thus, leading to economic development and the reduction of youth unemployment in Africa. We currently support over 120 very young entrepreneurs who have created more than 1000 employees across the continent. They have received support from Anzisha in the form of one-on-one coaching, access to capital and consulting services among other skills development activities.