The 2018

Entrepreneurship Award

Join the Journey

Now Accepting Submissions.

Are you looking for mentoring to launch or grow your business or idea in Africa? Join the journey to receive free, online mentoring from over 400 entrepreneurs, investors and business owners.

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Award Categories


New technology, new business model or attempting to solve a problem that’s never been solved before in your region.

Criteria Include

Is it durable?

Is it multi-functional?

Is it environmentally sustainable?

Is it low cost?



Promotes integrity, perseverance and friendship to unite communities.

Criteria Include

To what extent does it strengthen the economy?

To what extent does it improve health of our youth?

To what extent does it reflect values, especially integrity?


The Journey

Ten months to launch or scale your idea, build your business, & share in the Award.

Submissions Open
Submit your idea by April 30.
3 Rounds of Online Mentoring
Our mentors help define your market & put your scalability to the test.
On-site Visits
Entrepreneurs in the top 50 are visited by the Award team.
Finalists benefit from a 3-day Boot Camp; then pitch their ideas to the Presidential Jury.
The Award
The jury decides the number of winners & how the $1 million award is shared.


You, the entrepreneur, must meet the following criteria to submit your business proposal:

  • You are an African citizen, & over 18 years of age.
  • Your idea or business is a for-profit.
  • You have a strategy for positive social impact.
  • Your idea or business includes a technological component.
  • Your idea or business is for Africa.
  • Your idea fits in one of this year’s categories.

Innovation: An idea or invention which is or can become a good or service that creates value for which customers will pay.

Ex: Using a new technology (something new to the industry), or using a new business model (new way to deliver, collect, share), or solving a problem not solved before in your region (in all sectors).

Ineligible Businesses in Innovation:

Using an old technology

Using an old business model

Attempting to solve a problem already solved

Sports: An idea, prototype or startup business in the sports industry which is a Product (e.g. apparel, equipment), Production Method (e.g. supply chain), Service (education, health, spectator-experience, athlete-experience), Supplier (e.g. sources of materials, resources), Market (e.g. buyers), Media (e.g. promotion, information), Venue or Facility Management, or Health/Performance Improvement (Fitness Technology, Physical Training and Rehabilitation).

Ineligible Businesses in Sports:



Single Athlete to Compete

Sponsorships (Athlete/Team)

Single Trainers

Businesses in which Sports is not the primary activity

Our Mentors

Throughout the journey, you’ll receive one-on-one mentorship from experienced entrepreneurs and investors to sharpen and hone your idea.

Become a Mentor   See our Mentors

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Impact Stories

Read how these entrepreneurs are growing businesses and our economies across Africa.

Elia Timotheo, Tanzania
East Africa Fruits Farm

Preventing produce loss for smallholder farmers

2015 Award Winner of $150,000
Tonee Ndungu, Kenya

Renting E-books at a fraction of the cost for school children

2015 Award Winner of $150,000
William Maphem, South Africa
Vula Mobile

Diagnosing patients in remote areas for quicker referrals

2015 Award Winner of $150,000
Tadesse Edesa, Ethiopia

Recycling waste management into compost and fertilizers at a community-wide level

2015 Award Winner of $150,000
Johann Kok, South Africa

Building AI to teach electronic engineering to workers and next generation engineers

2015 Award Winner of $150,000
Adama Kane, Senegal

Collecting, sharing, and cross-financing medicines to bring down the cost

2015 Award Winner of $150,000
Eryam Tawia, Ghana
Leti Arts

Expanding the animation industry across Africa for expanded employment

2015 Award Winner of $25,000
Olive Akware, Uganda

Producing housing bricks and sustainable fish farms which provide employment opportunities for dozens of single mothers

2015 Award Winner of $25,000
Khadija Hamouchi, Morocco

Providing relevant and impactful professional training to Arabic educators

2015 Award Winner of $25,000
Habtamu Abafoge, Ethiopia
Simbona Africa Healthcare

Reducing infant mortality with an affordable invention

2015 Award Winner of $25,000
Mahmud Johnson, Liberia
J-Palm Liberia

Harvesting the potential in the palms to transform returns for smallholder farmers

2016 Award Winner of $150,000
Jennifer Shigoli, Tanzania
Elea Reusable Sanitary Pads

Keeping girls in schools by providing affordable sanitary pads

2016 Award Winner of $150,000
Abdeladim Moumen, Morocco

Diagnosing cancer and HepC through bio molecular technology at rural clinics

2016 Award Winner of $150,00
Joyce Kyalema, Uganda

Creating products for the local and international market through a no-waste pumpkin process

2016 Award Winner of $100,000
Abideen Adelu, Nigeria

Accessing adaptive & individualized education content as an alternative to expensive private tutoring.

2016 Award Winner of $100,000
Neil du Preez, South Africa (Represented by Ernest Aylward)

Providing electric mini-cabs as a low cost, eco-friendly transportation option

2016 Award Winner of $100,000
Frederico Peres da Silva, Mozambique

Connecting blue-collar, informal workers to their customers through an accessible, adaptive technology

2016 Award Winner of $50,000
Achiri Nji, Cameroon

Tracking a bus user’s journey and contacting emergency teams in case of accidents

2016 Award Winner $50,000
Murtala Sanni, Nigeria

Connecting skilled workers with businesses on an accessible online platform

2016 Award Winner $50,000
Omar Kadiri, Morocco

Free calling credit in exchange for targeted advertising

2016 Award Winner $50,000
Tadele Tolosa, Ethiopia (Represented by Benti Deresa)
Veterinary Ambulatory Clinical Services

Bringing veterinary services to farmers in remote areas

2016 Award Winner $50,000

Create jobs & improve
lives in Africa.