The top 20 finalists of the Jack Ma Foundation-inspired competition have been announced. The enterpreneurs represent a wide selection of businesses keen to showcase their best entrepreneurial drive and spirit. They now have to endure a rigorous process ahead in the hope of making it to the last 10.
The 2020 Africa’s Business Heroes (ABH) competition is a philanthropic initiative set up by the Jack Ma Foundation’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI). Companies that make it to the top 20 will compete in this year’s finale. The top 20 entrepreneurs remain a step closer to the finish line who still have the endorsement of the high profile panel of judges. Companies that make it to the finale will share the US$1.5 million coveted prize.
The shortlisted 20 companies have made an incredible run against an application pool of 22,000 applicants across 54 of the continent’s countries. Female representation is at 55% and the average age is 34. Startups from every industry i.e transportation, food services, financial services, renewable energy, e-commerce, you name it, made it to the lucky 20.
“As we approach the final phases of the 2020 Africa’s Business Heroes competition, I am incredibly impressed by the talent and energy of the entrepreneurs we have met during the selection process,” said Jason Pau, Senior Advisor for International Programs, Jack Ma Foundation.
The Kenyan semi-finalist in list is:
BrightGreen Renewable Energy founded by Chebet Lesan.