Three 22-year-old entrepreneurs from Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana shared $52, 500 inAnzisha Prize money this week at a ceremony in Johannesburg where they were rewarded for innovations that embody the spirit of youth-led change in Africa.
Prizes totaling $75,000 went to inventors of uniquely African solutions ranging from a low-tech milk cooperative to an electronic currency platform.
Winners were chosen from among 494 young entrepreneurial applicants in 33 African countries vying for a chance to get global recognition and ongoing support to scale their enterprises and expand their impact.
The Anzisha Prize team — a partnership between the African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation — searched for African entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22, according to an earlier AFKInsider report.
Nigerian Chris Kwekowe, 22, is the grand prize winner of $25,000. He is the founder of Slatecube, a job placement service and job-relevant skills-learning platform. Slatecube has already enjoyed success and has the potential for scale. Judges were impressed with its ability to inspire other youth interested in entrepreneurship, according to Anzisha.org.