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Featured image: The Anzisha Prize 2018 winner Infiuss founder Melissa Bime receiving her $25 000 grand prize ( The Anzisha Prize via Facebook)

Nominations for $100k 2019 Anzisha Prize now open

The Anzisha Prize, one of Africa’s leading awards and fellowships for young entrepreneurs, has opened nominations for its 2019 awards.

The prize will open a second process to accept applications themselves from entrepreneurs, on 15 February.

The Anzisha Prize will this year award 20 entrepreneurs across Africa prizes totalling about $100 000 — which includes a grand prize of $25 000 to the overall winner.

The awards — which are an initiative of the Mastercard Foundation and the African Leadership Foundation — aim to recognise founders under 22 years old that have implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful business within their communities.

To be considered for the awards, one must hold African citizenship and be running a scalable business based on the continent. In addition, both applicants and nominees must demonstrate how their ventures have achieved impact or have the potential to create jobs.

While nominations are now open, applications of the 2019 Anzisha Prize open 15 February

Nominations for the 2019 cohort opened last Friday (1 February) while Anzisha Prize Coordinator for Global Programmes Melanie Mboya told Ventureburn yesterday (5 February) that applications will open next Friday (15 February), with both applications and nominations closing on 13 April.

Nominations for the 2019 cohort of the Anzisha prize can be me made through the Anzisha Application Guide.

Mboya said this year’s Anzisha prize winner will receive a $25 000 grand prize, while the first and second runners up will receive $15 000 and $12 500, respectively.

The remainder of the cash prizes will be awarded to the rest of the 17 finalists who will each get $2500 each, with one finalist receiving a $10 000 agriculture prize.

Last year’s edition was won by Cameroonian Melissa Bime (pictured above, second from right). Bime founded Infiuss, a Yaounde-based online blood bank and digital supply-chain platform that helps connect hospitals that have blood banks to those that don’t.

Read more: Losing a patient led Cameroonian nurse to found award-winning startup Infiuss

Featured image: The Anzisha Prize 2018 winner Infiuss founder Melissa Bime receiving her $25 000 grand prize ( The Anzisha Prize via Facebook)

Editor’s note (6 February 2018: An earlier version of the article stated that there would be 15 finalists. In a subsequent call, the Anzisha Prize team clarified that there will be a total of 15 finalists who will be shortlisted for the award. The article has been updated to reflect that.

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