The top 50 finalists of the 2021 Africa Business Heroes were picked from a pool of 12,000 entries determined by 233 judges. 16 African countries were represented in the top 50, 38% of whom were female and 10% from francophone Africa. All the successful 50 finalists will now proceed to ABH virtual’s boot camp. The top 20 finalists will later be announced in August.
The finalists are competing for a share of the USD $1.5 million grant funding where they will receive invaluable networking and learning opportunities throughout their ABH learning journey. At the close of applications in early June over 233 judges have been reviewing thousands of applications drawn from entrepreneurs from all 54 countries. The selection criteria were centered on finding visionary entrepreneurs offering robust and innovative solutions to their unique environments. The Executive Director of the International Jack Ma Foundation Jason Paul said, “Africa’s entrepreneurs have shown incredible resilience and innovation.”
16 African countries are represented among the top 50, 10% are francophone – among them Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Botswana, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda, Zimbabwe, Togo, Rwanda, Eritrea, Egypt, Cote d’Ivoire, Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Madagascar.
The diversity of the businesses are in the sectors of construction, agriculture, beauty & wellness, manufacturing, transportation, financial services, F&B, media & entertainment, retail, ICT, energy, consulting, and construction.
You can find out more information on the dedicated top 50 on ABH’s office website.