Ten finalists will, later this year, emerge in the ‘Africa’s Business Heroes’ prize competition.
The finalists will win a share of the $1.5m in the Jack Ma Foundation’s flagship philanthropic programme, spotlighting and celebrating Africa’s entrepreneurial talent.
The African Leadership Group disclosed this in a statement on Wednesday, to announce the 2021 Pan-African Anchor partnership with the ‘Africa’s Business Heroes’ prize competition.
The initiative gives African entrepreneurs a unique platform to showcase their talent and grow their businesses.
“At the grand finale later this year, 10 finalists will take the stage to present their businesses and share their visions to an esteemed panel of judges, to win a share of the $1.5m grant,” the group said.
It explained that the journey to the grand prize would include several rounds of rigorous evaluation panels and access to a community of international leaders and innovators, among other activities.
Founder and Chief Executive Officer at BrightGreen Renewable Energy, Chebet Lesan, who won the 2020 ABH’s award was quoted as saying, “I hope my win inspires Africans to believe that we have what it takes to make an impact, no matter where we are. The prize is helping us scale our energy solution across East Africa, and we remain focused to change how Africa cooks, one kitchen at a time.”
“Africa’s Business Heroes is excited to join forces with our partners to identify, spotlight and support even more passionate, innovative and determined entrepreneurs across Africa,” the Executive Director of Jack Ma Foundation, Jason Pau, said.
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