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The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative by Jack Ma unveils 2020 Ecosystem Partners

ABH has thus far received over 18,000 applications from 54 African countries since inception


The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative is a philanthropic entrepreneur program started by the Jack Ma Foundation for the African continent. The program has unveiled local partners who will assist in identifying and mobilizing innovative, resilient, and forward-thinking African enterpreneurs.

The partners unveiled will help put in the application and selection process of the 2nd round of their Africa Business Heroes prize competition (ABH). ANPI will partner with  RiseUp,  African Leadership Group, Dalberg, Ashesi, and Janngo.

The partners have experience working with candidates to build their leadership and management capabilities, sharing best practices and insights from across their networks. Africa  Business Heroes prize accommodates both French and English applicants. There is no limit on age, country, gender, or industry. All applicants are welcome provided they showcase the most ingenious talent and business ideas.

A grand finale comprising 10 finalists will be held later this year where the top finalists will pitch for a grand prize of US$1.5 million. The ecosystem of partners will include incubators such as Impact Hub Dakar, Ethiopia Entrepreneurship Development Center, StartUp Factory Ethiopia,  WikiStart Up, Outlierz Ventures, CTIC, Safaricom, and Sasai.

Startimes and Pulse.Africa will expand its outreach to entrepreneurs across the continent by sharing educational and training resources. Jason Pau, who is the Senior Advisor for international programs expressed his enthusiasm in the support of “entrepreneur heroes” who will then create “jobs and opportunities” for future generations across the continent.

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