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2016 Finalists for Africa’s Leading Youth Entrepreneurship Award – the Anzisha Prize – Break New Ground in Innovation, Representation

The Anzisha Prize applauds outstanding youth entrepreneurs between the ages of 15 and 22 for effecting change through innovative, people-centred solutions across Africa August 26, 2016/African Leadership Academy African Leadership Academy (http://AfricanLeadershipAcademy.org), in partnership with The MasterCard Foundation (www.MasterCardFDN.org), is proud to announce Africa’s top youth entrepreneur finalists for the sixth annual Anzisha Prize (www.AnzishaPrize.org). This year, the Prize celebrates increased presence in Northern African markets such as Morocco and Egypt, and francophone countries such as Madagascar and Niger, and increased diversity in the business ventures represented. The increased reach…

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Agric development imperative for Africa’s growth, says Elumelu

Tony Onyemaechi Elumelu is an economist by training, a visionary entrepreneur and a philanthropist. He is the Chairman of Heirs Holdings, the United Bank for Africa, Transcorp and Founder of The Tony Elumelu Foundation. Elumelu, who was also a Co-Chair of the World Economic Forum on Africa, sat down with for an interview at the sidelines at the just concluded World Economic Forum on Africa held in Kigali, Rwanda. What is your take on the World Economic Forum on Africa in Rwanda? It is good for Africa that we are…

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Kenyan Entrepreneur capitalises on unmet demand for natural hair-care products

When Michelle Ntalami’s father was diagnosed with cancer in 2013, she decided to adopt a healthier lifestyle. The Kenyan marketer-cum-interior designer began exercising, eating healthy, and she even chopped off her relaxed hair to grow it naturally. Like many African women who have adopted hair extensions, weaves and plaiting, Ntalami had been using chemicals to straighten her hair. Natural hair was considered unkempt, especially at the workplace. But this has changed in recent years, with more and more black women flaunting the natural hair look. Some famous personalities who keep their…

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The young women entrepreneurs looking to champion Africa

Entrepreneurs have just over a week before applications close for this year’s Anzisha Prize, Africa’s premier award for its youngest entrepreneurs. So far the team has received nearly 300 applications from young entrepreneurs running incredible businesses. And many of these are women making them young women entrepreneurs. While in the past there have been a lot fewer women applicants for the Anzisha Prize than men, history also shows these young women can have a considerable social impact in their communities. In fact, since the Prize’s inception, there has never once…

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5 Beats by Dr. Dre Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs

Not often do you get to see a brand quickly become a global phenomenon as the beats by Dr. Dre brand. Since it launched in 2008, the Beats by Dr. Dre brand has risen to a 53% share of the global headphones market. Also, the current news about Apple’s proposed 3.2 billion dollar acquisition further confirms the magnitude of the brand. In my typical entrepreneurial style, I decided to dig deeper amidst the ongoing buzz to uncover the behind-the-scene secrets of this powerful brand in order to help you apply them to your business and hopefully…

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SLA launches accelerator for women run businesses

She Leads Africa has just opened applications for the She Leads Africa Accelerator, a 3 month program designed to identify, support and fund the next generation of Nigeria’s brightest female entrepreneurs. The SLA Accelerator program is being run in partnership with Guaranty Trust Bank and the Work in Progress! Alliance (Oxfam and VC4Africa). The program is an extension of the She Leads Africa Entrepreneur Showcase, which made history 2 years ago as the first ever Pan­African pitch competition for women led businesses. Speaking about the new program, She Leads Africa…

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Nigerian teens create super-fast Android web browser

Brothers Osine and Anesi have developed an Android web browser, Crocodile Browser Lite, which has been well received on Google Playstore. The duo is now working on a new project called ‘Project CrocChat’, which they say is ‘our first entry in the peer-to-peer communication space’ Osine Ikhianosime (13) and Anesi Ikhianosime (15) Photo: TribuneOnline Nigerian teenage brother Osine Ikhianosime (13) and Anesi Ikhianosime (15) have developed an Android web browser, Crocodile Browser Lite, which has been well received on Google’s  playstore. The free browser, described as “Intuitive, Clean and Fast” browser for…

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Meet The Top 3 Youngest Billionaires In Nigeria

This piece profiles 3 super-rich Nigerian men who achieved their dreams at a very young age and are basking in a world of possibilities and affluence.  Money, fame and power are just some of the attributes that make today’s world billionaires who they are and these young outstanding Nigerians have achieved that in a very short time. Young, brimming with ideas and and a determination to achieve the impossible, these three young men are pragmatically carving a niche for themselves in the global centre stage as respectable billionaires in their…

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Meet Estifanos Kiflo: Start-Up Entrepreneur Creating Database of construction industry professionals

Estifanos Kiflo is co-founder of Kinehintsa.com, an Addis Ababa-based start-up that is creating a database of buildings, service providers and professionals in the construction industry inEthiopia. The platform enables users to make informed decisions when hiring and implementing projects. Architects, contractors and other professionals in the construction industry can showcase their services while clients can rate the services offered by various professionals and companies. The platform seeks to promote transparency and accountability in the industry. 1. Give us your elevator pitch. My co-founders and I have a background in architecture and…

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Need Funding For Your Business? Read This!

 Lack of funds hinders business growth. And in Nigeria, it is almost always part of the usual suspects young entrepreneurs list when asked what challenges they face growing their business. However, the country has recently witnessed both the private and public sectors increasingly enlist support for young Nigerian entrepreneurs with special funds and business mentorship programs. From Mara Mentor, Africa’s largest entrepreneurship network, connecting budding entrepreneurs to business leaders, to the YouWin! Project, the Tony Elumelu $100 million entrepreneurship fund and several others, both individuals and government have committed providing young…

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