Two young Ugandans have been named among Africa’s 20 youngest and brightest entrepreneurs who will join the Anzisha Fellowship–a lifelong affiliation that will help accelerate their path to entrepreneurship success.
Kisseka Samson 22, is the founder of Hello Mushrooms, a co-operative that collaborates with farmers to grow and sell mushrooms.
Joan Nalubega , is the founder of Uganics, which aims to combat malaria by producing anti-malaria products: a long-lasting mosquito repellent soap for children and families.
On Tuesday, October 23, these 20 finalists will compete for the Anzisha Prize, Africa’s premier award for her youngest entrepreneurs.
The Anzisha Prize awards young entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities. Selected from a pool of over 600 applicants.
Now in its 8th year, the Anzisha Prize program attracts young entrepreneurs from across Africa
The 20 finalists will be flown to Johannesburg for a 10-day entrepreneurship boot camp where they will receive intensive training from African Leadership Academy’s renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership faculty.
The grand prize winner will receive US$25,000. The remainder of the prize money will be shared among the rest of the finalists. Each finalist will be enrolled in a Fellowship program that will provide over $7,500 in additional support and services.
the other finalists are
1. Akpe Kevin Edorh 21, Togo: founded Dashmake, an SMS-based, rapid response system that allows users to quickly and efficiently get assistance to victims of emergency situations.
2. Aldred Dogue , 21, Benin: is the founder of Africa Foods Mill, a company that purchases local agricultural produce from smallholder farmers and transforms it into packaged convenience foods.
3. Alhaji Bah, 18, Sierra Leone: is the founder of Rugsal Trading, a company that produces handcrafted paper bags as well as briquettes for cooking fuel.
4. Alina Karimamusama 21, Zambia: is the founder of Youth Arize, a non-profit that empowers women with tangible skills they can use to find or create work for themselves.
5. Amanda Jojo 21, South Africa: is the founder of The Trea Garden, an upscale cafe providing high-quality coffee and accompaniments in a relaxing atmosphere.
6. Awah Ntseh 22, Cameroon: is the founder of Farmers Forte, a snail farm that extracts snail mucin from snails to use for a line of cosmetics.
7. Boluwatife Omotayo , 21, Nigeria: is the founder of TabDigitals, an IT company that helps consumers find artisans who can repair and replace electronic gadgets.
8. Farah Emara, 20, Egypt: founder of Jidar Wall Art, a non-profit collective that harnesses the power of art to transform interior spaces into works of art.
9. Kevin Kibethttps, 22, Kenya: founder of FarmMoja Limited, which works with smallholder farmers by giving them training and access to reliable markets.
10. Kondwani Banda 21, Zambia: is the founder of The Mainstream, a digital magazine that aims to tell authentic African stories.
11. Lourena Bundi 21, Angola: is the founder of L&C Buffett, a company that makes decorations and party snacks for children in Luanda.
12. Melissa Bime 21, Cameroon: is the founder of INFIUSS, an online blood bank and digital supply chain platform that delivers lifesaving blood in Cameroon.
13. Mohamed Sherif , 18, Libya: is the founder of Sherif Ice Flakes where he creates and sells ice flakes in boxes that fisherman can use to refrigerate their catch while out at sea.
14. Mohamed El Idrysy, 22, Morocco: is the founder of Health Solutions INC, a company that provides soft skills training for health professionals in areas such as communication, leadership, and critical thinking.
15. Nomena Andrianantoandro 21, Madagascar: is the founder of Boissa Sarl, a healthy beverage company that produces an assortment of healthy fruit juices.
16. Richard Turere 18, Kenya: founder of Lion Lights, a company that distributes LED lights that flash in a sequence and repels lions from coming close to livestock.
17. Thando Hlongwane 20, South Africa: founder of Kazi, a platform that connects young software developers seeking job experience with start-ups in need of affordable product development services.
18. Vanessa Ishimwe , 22, Rwanda: founder of Youth Initiative for Development in Africa (YIDA), which provides free early childhood education to refugee children through special learning centres and schools.
Through the Anzisha Prize, the organisers seek to fundamentally and significantly increase the number of job generative entrepreneurs in Africa. They 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 organisations have better collective success in creating a pipeline of entrepreneurs with the capabilities for scale.