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The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) is the Jack Ma Foundation’s flagship philanthropic entrepreneur program in Africa. We aim to identify, spotlight and support African entrepreneur heroes creating impact in their communities and building a more inclusive economy for the future.

We are excited to launch year-2 of our competition to identify, spotlight & support Africa’s Business Heroes. We are on the search for African entrepreneurs, of all ages and all sectors, who are leveraging business to create positive impact and solve pressing challenges in Africa! If this sounds like it could be you, we encourage you to apply.


We are looking for Africa's Business Heroes who are bold, passionate, resilient, innovative and impact-oriented. African business owners from all 54 African countries are eligible to apply irrespective of age, industry sector or gender. However, ANPI has a strict set of criteria:

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


  • Pitch business legends and receive advice from them
  • Win your share of $1.5 million USD
  • Gain global recognition and exposure via the televised Africa’s Business Heroes Show
  • Access mentorship & training via the Africa Business Heroes’ Network of Partners and Judges
  • Gain admission into Alibaba’s eFounder program where you visit Alibaba’s HQ and participate in a 2 week digital economy immersion trip

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.