African youth entrepreneurs to be awarded

MY GOAL IS TO MAKE POVERTY HISTORY IN MY COMMUNITY: Chantal Butare, 2015 Anzisha Prize finalist from Rwanda

MY GOAL IS TO MAKE POVERTY HISTORY IN MY COMMUNITY: Chantal Butare, 2015 Anzisha Prize finalist from Rwanda

Twelve accomplished young African entrepreneurs have been selected to vie for the 2015 Anzisha Prize.
Accord to Anzisha’s website, now in its 5th year, the prize “seeks to award young entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities.”

This year’s winners will share $75,000, a fee that is designed to help the young entrepreneurs to boost their initiatives, these very projects also stand to benefit from the US government-led $1 billion initiative to fund women and youth-run new innovative businesses around the globe.

This year’s finalists have started ventures in a diversity of sectors including agriculture, technology, youth empowerment, education, and fashion and will spend a week in South Africa receive intensive training from African Leadership Academy’s renowned Entrepreneurial Leadership faculty and engage with industry leaders this November.

Grace Kalisha, Manager for the Anzisha Prize, said “Entrepreneurship has significant potential to drive economic growth and improved livelihoods for African youth. We are proud to be celebrating and supporting these inspiring young leaders to be part of the global entrepreneurship narrative.”
The Anzisha Prize team selected the finalists from a pool of young business owners from 33 African countries.

The Anzisha Prize will be celebrating these outstanding young people during Global Entrepreneurship Week in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Rwandan Chantal Butare. 21, is one of the twelve finalists, Ms Butare is runs Kinazi Dairy Cooperation (KIDACO), Butare’s company buys raw milk from 3, 250 farmers who struggle accessing market for their product.

Daniel Mukisa, 21, a Ugandan in the finalists is the Co-founder of Transporter Company, provider of delivery services in the capital Kampala using 30 motorbikes popularly known as “Boda Boda.”

Tanzania is also represented in the finalists by George Mtemahanji, 22, Co-founder of SunSweet Solar, a company that designs, plans, organizes and brings solar energy to rural Tanzania.