ANPI is the Jack Ma Foundation’s flagship philanthropic program in Africa, and aims to give entrepreneurs across Africa a platform to develop their talent and business ideas, and inspire others to pursue entrepreneurship.

  • Now in its second year, the Africa’s Business Heroes (ABH) prize competition will open applications in French and English, and award a pool of US$1.5 million in grant money to ten finalists
  • Open to entrepreneurs across all sectors and African countries, ABH has a special focus on those building up their local communities and working to solve the most pressing problems.

Every year, ten finalists will be selected to compete in a finale pitch competition show that will be broadcast online and across the continent. At this year’s grand finale, all ten finalists will share a prize pool of US$1.5 million, up from $1 million last year, as well as gain access to the ANPI community of business leaders to leverage the community’s shared expertise, best practice, training and resources. APPLY NOW to win your share of $1.5 million in grant funding and additional resources from ANPI. Applications close 22nd June.

The competition is open to African entrepreneurs across all sectors and industries with at least a 3-year track record. Last year, the prize received nearly 10,000 applications from 50 African countries. The 2019 top ten finalists pitched their business ideas to a prominent judging panel during a televised grand-finale show in Accra, Ghana. The finalists represented a variety of industries – including cloud kitchens, tech agribusiness, healthcare and pharma, e-commerce, consumer goods, and water supply solutions.

Global leaders Graca Machel, Chair of the Graca Machel Trust Board and Ban Ki-moon, Former UN Secretary- General and Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens serve on the ANPI advisory board. Over a ten-year period, the ANPI will recognize 100 African entrepreneurs and commit to allocating US$100 million in grant funding, training programs, and support for the broad African entrepreneurial ecosystem. APPLY NOWDEADLINE 22ND JUNE.

In your application, please input “Guul Group” as to where you heard about the AFRICA NETPRENEUR PRIZE INITIATIVE (ANPI) if you have applied through Guul Group’s call for application.

About ANPI

The ANPI is the flagship philanthropic initiative spearheaded by the Jack Ma Foundation aimed at supporting and inspiring the next generation of African entrepreneurs across all sectors, who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future of the continent. Over a ten-year period, ANPI will recognize 100 African entrepreneurs and commit to allocating US$100 million in grant funding, training programs, and support for the development of an entrepreneurial ecosystem. The ANPI organizes the “Africa’s Business Heroes” prize competition and show, in which ten finalists have the opportunity to pitch their business to win a share of $1.5 million in grant money. Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group and the Jack Ma Foundation, first created the prize after he made his first trip to Africa in July 2017 and was inspired by the energy and entrepreneurial potential of the young people he met with. APPLY NOW to win your share of $1.5 million in grant funding.

About Jack Ma Foundation

Established by Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba Group, the Jack Ma Foundation was founded on 15 December 2014 and has been focusing on education, entrepreneurship, women’s leadership, and the environment. The Foundation aspires to be a reliable, participative, and sustainable philanthropic organisation. The Jack Ma Foundation has so far supported projects worldwide including the Jack Ma Rural Education Program, the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative, the Ma & Morley Scholarship Program, and Jordan’s Queen Rania Foundation. Additionally, the Foundation has also funded a number of projects in its priority areas. The Jack Ma Foundation is committed to empowering rural educators, entrepreneurs, rural children, young start-ups, and women to equip them for the future and to help build a happier, healthier, more sustainable and more inclusive society.

About Guul Group

Guul Group facilitates trade & investment, working with investors, entrepreneurs, governments, corporations, foundations and communities to formulate strategies and implement solutions that generate lasting social and financial benefits. The Group aims to facilitate $100m worth of investment by bridging the investor and investment opportunity gap through our– Guul Group Growth investor and investment opportunity platform ( ) . Investments through equity, loans, grants, competitions, prizes – from private individuals, corporate companies, banks, Governmental agencies, foundations & philanthropist. Guul Accelerator and Entrepreneurship centre – a unique space for entrepreneurs to showcase their innovative ideas, as well as share skills while providing a platform for capacity building and playing a role in accelerating innovations. Already supporting entrepreneurs to turn ideas into businesses, through a range of activities which include mentoring and access to resources including seed capital.


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