At the weekend the Jack Ma Foundation hosted the first annual Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) grand finale in Accra, Ghana.
The initiative saw as many as 10 000 entrepreneurs from 50 African countries enter the competition to win a share of $1 million.
At the weekend however just 10 entrepreneurs were selected to win a share of that prize pool.
The top three finalists in the ANPI including where they placed and what their share of the prize pool is, follows below.
1st place ($250 000): Temie Giwa-Tubosun – Founder and CEO at Lifebank (Nigeria)
2nd ($150 000): Dr Omar Skar – Founder and CEO at Nawah-Scientific (Egypt)
3rd ($100 000): Christelle Kwizera – Founder at Water Access Rwanda (Rwanda)
In addition to the three finalists the following seven entrepreneurs also received $65 000.
- Waleed Abd El Rahman, CEO, Mumm (Egypt)
- Ayodeji Arikawe, co-founder, Thrive Agric (Nigeria)
- Mahmud Johnson, founder and CEO, J-Palm (Liberia)
- Kevine Kagirimpundu, co-founder and CEO, UZURI K&Y (Rwanda)
- Dr. Tosan J. Mogbeyiteren, founder, Black Swan (Nigeria)
- Chibuzo Opara, co-founder, DrugStoc (Nigeria)
- Moulaye Taboure, co-founder and CEO, Afrikrea (Cote D’Ivoire)
“The finalists who competed in ‘Africa’s Business Heroes’ should be an inspiration for Africa and for the world. Each of these entrepreneurs looked at big challenges facing their communities, and saw them as opportunities,” said Jack Ma of the finale.
“It is my strong belief that entrepreneur heroes, like these finalists, will change the world – creating companies that drive inclusive growth and opportunity for the continent. Everyone is a winner tonight.”
The ANPI will run every year until 2028 and each year a $1 million prize pool will be up for grabs. Entries for the 2020 ANPI will open in the first half of the year and it’s highly recommended you follow the official Twitter account and Facebook page for updates as they are released.