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Africa’s Business Heroes Competition (ABH) aims to identify, support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are making a difference in their local communities, working to solve the most pressing problems, and building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future.

The initiative aims to be as inclusive as possible. Applications are open in English and French to entrepreneurs from all African countries, all sectors, and all ages who operate businesses formally registered and headquartered in an African country, and that have a 3-year track record. Every year, ten finalists will be selected to compete in the ABH finale pitch competition and participate in a TV Show that will be broadcast online and across the continent. The finalists will compete for a share of US $1.5 million in grant money.


  • Applicant should be the Founder or a Co-Founder of the company
  • Applicant has African citizenship or is the child or grandchild of an African citizen
  • The company is registered and headquartered in an African country, and primarily operates in Africa
  • The company is in post-idea stage, business is 3 years old or more and has at least 3 years of revenue history


  • Pitch business legends: Opportunity to pitch to business legends and receive advice from them
  • Gain global recognition & exposure: International publicity via the televised Africa’s Business heroes Show, press releases, news articles, TV/radio & print interviews
  • Get connected with entrepreneurs ecosystem: An online community of ABH Alumni, judges and key stakeholders that promotes peer learning, engagement and networking
  • Win your share of USD 1.5 million: All ten finalists win grant funds from $100,000 to $300,000
  • Access mentorship & training: Tailored Feedback, Mentorship & Training via the Africa’s Business Heroes Network of Partners and Ju

About Africa's Business Heroes

Africa's Business Heroes is an entrepreneurship competition of the Jack Ma Foundation's Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI), which aims to identify, spotlight and award grant-funding to a 100 African entrepreneur heroes across Africa.