Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship 2017

​Application Period:  22 June – 7 August 2017

The Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship aim to recognize some of the continent’s most innovative and impactful entrepreneurs. Over the past 8 years, AAE has attracted over 7000 applications from industries and sectors ranging from education. health, transport, energy among others.

Applications for nominations to The Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE) are now open. The awards aim to recognize Africa’s most talented entrepreneurs across 4 categories:  

1. Best Growing Business: high growth companies

2. Best Mature Business: legacy companies with significant revenue base and continental footprint

3. Youth Entrepreneur of the Year :entrepreneurs under the age of 35

4. Social Entrepreneur of the Year:social impact oriented enterprises

Previous winners of this prestigious award include Spark Schools (South Africa), Astro Mobile (Zimbabwe), Prep Class (Nigeria) and Aspen Holdings (Mauritius).

After undergoing a rigorous nomination and selection process, 12 finalists (3 per category) will be invited to attend the African Leadership Network (ALN) Annual Gathering which will be hosted in Mauritius in November this year, where one winner per category will be announced. The Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship are an initiative of the African Leadership Network.

Eligibility

  • Only African companies are eligible for these awards. You will be required to provide proof that your core operations are on the continent.
  • They look for a track record of innovation, profitability, business excellence and social impact
  • Businesses from any sector are encouraged to apply.
  • Applicants interested in the Outstanding Young Entrepreneur category must be 35 years old or below.
  • Applications must be filed by a single company representative.      

Selection Criteria

1. Leadership, culture and values: This majorly points out to how your organisation invests in its employees as well as the values ethics that drive it.

2. Innovation: We look for companies that are providing creative and leading edge solutions that add real value to the lives of customers

3. Profitability:  Your business should be commercially sustainable and demonstrate a robust financial position

4. Long term Business Strategy: Your business should demonstrate a sound and coherent strategy for future growth and continued value addition

5. Social & Economic impact on communities: Your business should be adding value to their communities. We are looking for companies that have a demonstrable commitment to using business for social impact

How to apply

The first step is to fill in the application form and upload your supporting  documents online via the ALN Website. You will be notified about the status of your application by the end of August. Shortlisted candidates will the interviewed by our panel of judges via skype interview. Successful candidates will be invited to attend the  award ceremony in Mauritius.

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AYC’s Launches Tech BootCamp for Children in Africa

e-connect

The African Youth Corner is set to launch its tech bootcamp tagged “e-connect”. The bootcamp is aimed at children between the ages of 9 and 15 years who have no access to gain computer knowledge. As said by Jude Ogar, African Youth Corner Founder, “We have recognized the need for practical knowledge of basic computer applications and programming for young children in Africa and we are committed to providing this free training for as many children as possible.”

While his counterpart in some developed countries of the world learns coding and other advanced programming languages, an average African child has no knowledge of basic programming and even access to a real computer. The best most of them have is the image they have on the wall of their classroom or what they see in the television.

The project would begin in Calabar South, Cross River State, Nigeria and will spread to other communities in Africa.

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25 Facts You Never Knew About Africa

1. Gambia has only one university.

2. Equatorial Guinea is Africa’s only Spanish-speaking country.

3. South Africa is the most visited African country.

4. Nigeria has the richest Black people in Africa.

5. Samuel Eto’o is the highest paid Footballer of all time, he received about £350,000 weekly in Russia in 2011.

6. A person from Botswana is called a Motswana, the plural is Batswana.

7. A person from Lesotho is called a Mosotho.

8. A person from Niger is called a Nigerien. A person from Burkina Faso is called a Burkinabe.

9. Nigeria has won more football cups than England.

10. Zimbabwe’s President, Robert Gabriel Mugabe is the world’s most educated President with 7 degrees, two of them are Masters.

11. Al-Ahly of Egypt is the richest club in Africa.

12. Didier Drogba is Chelsea’s highest goal scorer in European competition.

13. Johannesburg, South Africa is the most visited city in Africa.

14. Zinedine Zidane wanted to play for Algeria, but the selector rejected him, saying they are already many players like him in the team.

15. President Jacob Zuma was once a referee in prison.

16. President Robert Mugabe was jailed for 11 years for fighting for freedom.

17. President Robert Mugabe is Africa’s oldest Head of State and the world’s second oldest Head of State. He was born 1924.

18. The Seychellois are the most educated Africans. Seychelles’ literacy rates (Adult: 92%, Youth: 99%) Zimbabwe is 2nd (Adult: 91.2%, Youth: 99%).

19. Rwanda is a better country for gender equality than England and USA.

20. Somalia got its first ATM on October 7, 2014.

21. South Africa has the most Grammy Award winners in Africa.

22. Ethiopia has the most airports in Africa.

23. Ethiopia’s economy is growing faster than China’s.

24. Eritrea’s President, Isaiah Afwerki is the least richest President in Africa.

25. Ethiopia is Africa’s oldest independent country.

Boosting Entrepreneurship in Africa

entreThe key drivers of this continent (human resource) are being wasted. African countries are gifted with strong people who can engage in entrepreneurship at higher standards. This is evidenced in many big International business companies and leaderships in the World. The best example is the current President of United States of America, Barack Obama. Effective utilization and engagement of such people after their end of term in Office and coming back to Africa will boost business in Africa because; they already have networks across the world. This starts with the foundation of children at school levels. In other continents where educational system and vocational training supply the labour market with adequate skills in number and quality, development of human resource is not a major social responsibility of the country. On the other hand, African countries where the educational system is weak, training and development of human resource falls largely on other countries. For many young Africans, the workplace is the first “real” school where they can fill the gaps of poor initial training, learn work discipline and acquire professional skills.

The article was written by Kenneth Rubangakene from Uganda. Kenneth has represented Uganda at many high forums like-High Level Youth Policy Dialogue on SDGs  in 2014 at the United Nations Headquarters. He is volunteering as Africa Regional Coordinator for IYONS Africa program. He headed 54 top young emerging leaders from all the 54 countries in Africa for the Launch of IYONS Global program in Chennai, India in 2015.

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