What is Anzisha?
Africa’s future will be determined by entrepreneurial leaders across all sectors. There is a transformative role that youth-lead change can and will have on the African continent.
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. 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.
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This past month, the African Leadership Academy held an Anzisha Indaba (reunion) for Anzisha fellows living or who are from Southern Africa in order for them to get further training on how to develop their businesses and build networks. The theme for the discussion was ‘Collaborate, Not Compete’. This is some of the advice the Anzisha fellows had for anyone trying to start or develop a business.
Neftaly Malatjie – 2013 Anzisha Prize Fellow
Project Title: Diepsloot Youth Projects (DYP)
Industry: Youth development and education Neftaly Malatjie has a passion for social entrepreneurship and a track record of commitment to community work. Since the age of 11, he has worked as a preschool teacher, peer educator, library assistant, HIV/Aids counsellor, drugs awareness and prevention teacher, learning and development advisor and afternoon care coordinator. In 2005, at the age of 14, using cash he had saved from his part-time job, he started Diepsloot Youth Projects (DYP) to make an impact in the poverty stricken Diepsloot area. Diepsloot Youth Projects focuses on income generating programmes that enable young people to engage in business opportunities. It has created employment for 16 young people.
ADVICE: Neftaly’s advice to young entrepreneurs is “if you grew up from humble backgrounds don’t allow money to influence you and change who you are. Always remember where you are coming from and where you are going. The situations we experience out there is people who are changed by money and forget their roots.”
Kolawole Olajide – 2013 Anzisha Prize Fellow
Project Title: Funda
Industry: Information technology and education Kolawole Olajide, 21, is a native of Nigeria and schooled in Cape Town, South Africa. He is the chief developer and co-founder of Funda, an online learning management system that brings together educational resources to make the lives of teachers, students and parents easier. For example, a teacher can create a website that serves as an online discussion board for students to collaborate on an assignment while students can create a class website to work on and submit assignments electronically. He is part of a five man team of young entrepreneurs who represent five different African nations – Nigeria, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya. Olajide and his team have gone on to win a number of awards, recognition from prestigious groups like the UNDP and an invitation to attend the Davos World Economic Forum.
ADVICE: You may not necessarily have the skills to effect the change you want to see that’s why you need great people. I believe in creating a great team and moving forward.
Ludwick Marishane – 2011 Anzisha Prize Fellow
Project Title: Headboy Industries
Industry: Consumer Products
Founder & Chief of Headboy Industries Inc, one of SA’s youngest patent-holders for DryBath. DryBath is the world’s first germicidal Bath-substituting skin lotion/gel. After the Anzisha Prize, Ludwick went on to be named one of the best student entrepreneurs in the world (Global Champion of the Global Student Entrepreneurs Awards 2011). Google also named him as one of the 12 brightest young minds in the world in 2011. Recently graduated from UCT with a BBusSc in Finance & Accounting.
ADVICE: Start early, live by the principles of trial and error it’s the only way you’ll ever get it right. Start early fail early and eventually you’ll get it right.
Gonjetso Chinyama- 2013 Anzisha Prize Fellow
Project Title: Pakwathu
Industry: Information technology
Gonjetso Chinyama is a 21-year-old student at the University of Malawi in Blantyre where he is studying Management Information Systems with a passion for art, design, and computer programming. He joined these passions to start a creative design agency called Twenty2 Creative. From there he saw a niche in the marketplace and created the Internet real estate venture, Pakwathu. This online classifieds website enables Malawians to find property throughout the country and sift through a plethora of options based on location and price.
ADVICE: Money is not everything. You need to find something else that pushes you other than money. Money is good but it’s not the only thing that is important in the world. It is not going to bring happiness. It can help but it won’t make you fulfilled.