The finalists of the 6th Anzisha Prize Award were today announced by the African Leadership Academy and The MasterCard Foundation. From an initial pool of over 550 applications from entrepreneurs in 32 different countries across Africa, only 12 startups made the cut to the finalists.
The 12 startups in the Anzisha Prize 2016 Finalist Session are:
Aurateen: Founded by a Tanzanian Asha Abbas (17), this is a platform advocating for responsible behavior among the youth and avoidance of high-risk behaviors. It has partnered with health workers and sex educationist, medical practitioners and youth experts in providing counselling services both virtually and in-person.
E-Cover: Founded by Senegalese Yaye Souadou. This startup recycles worn-out car tyres and makes multipurpose tiles for paving, swimming pools, shoe soles, and playgrounds among others. The startup currently employs six people.
The Yaletite Entrepreneurship Group CI: Founded by N’guessan Koffi Jacques Oliver (19) from Cote d’Ivore. They produce and market food crops for profit and gives subsidies for students living with disabilities. It also mobilizes the youth to take part in income generation projects. It currently employs some 30 youths.
TQ Group and Services: Founded by Faustino Quissico (22) from Mozambique. The startup supplies and installs hardwood floors. It also does their maintenance. It currently employs some 12 people.
Heart for the Hurt: Founded by Andrew Ddembe (20) from Uganda. The startup has a diversified business portfolio that includes supplying uniforms to schools, providing catering services and growing coffee.
FIOMBONANA: This is an agro-processing startup founded by Heritiana Fabien Randriamananatahina (22). It aims at import substitution by sourcing dairy products from local farmers and confectioneries.
Project Kiriku: Founded by Benedict Kusi Ampofo (22) from Ghana. This startup is building a model self-sustainable agricultural communities reducing poverty among 60 farmers. The project also equips them with skills, knowledge, and agricultural innovation.
Supermom: A startup found by Ifrah Mohamed (19) from Kenya. The startup seeks to empower the unemployed and under-employed women with jobs. It has created a network consisting of about 20 supermoms who do door-to-door last mile distribution of essential goods to homes in the rural setup in Kenya.
Teens Club: Founded by Aly Abd ElAzem (20) from Egypt. This is a city youth hub for empowering the young people with skills on self-development and linking them with industry experts. The hub also gives the youth space where they can share their opinion and showcase their talents. In 2015, the Teens Club received over 30,000 application from youths wishing to take part in the program.
Legare.ma: Founded by Issam Darul (22) from Morocco. This is the first electronic bus station to open in Morocco. It provides services in 10 different languages and accepts about 25 different currencies. The services provide reliable public transportation to over 150 destinations.