To strengthen the African entrepreneur ecosystem by identifying, telling the stories of, training, and awarding grant-funding to 100 Africa's Business Heroes across Africa over the next 10 years.
By 2030, 100 Africa's Business Heroes will inspire 10 million more.
We are age & sector agnostic; and we aim to be gender diverse (and strongly encourage female entrepreneurs to apply).
Grassroots Oriented
We aim to cater to SMEs from all levels of society and we work with local partners to ensure our message resonates far and wide.
We are open to Candidates from all 54 African countries and aim to ensure candidates from all regions are actively supported.
Our journey began when Jack Ma first visited Africa in 2017 in his capacity as special adviser to UNCTAD Secretary-General Mukhisa Kituyi. During his trip, he was inspired by the entrepreneurial energy and potential he saw in the young people he met.

He also recognized many of the same barriers to economic development and entrepreneurship in Africa that existed in China when he founded Alibaba in 1999.
During his visit, Jack committed to do his part to inspire, train and support entrepreneurs in Africa to build inclusive business models that can create jobs and economic opportunities for the continent.

As part of this commitment, in 2018, Jack announced the establishment of the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) with an initial $10 million grant to identify, spotlight and award grant-funding to 100 Africa's Business Heroes across Africa over the next 10 years.
In November 2019, we held our inaugural Africa's Business Heroes competition in Accra, Ghana where we identified ten outstanding business heroes who are creating significant impact and driving change in their local communities. Each of these heroes won their share of a $1 million in grant funds and were able to tell their stories to Africa and the world. In addition, our heroes receive mentorship, training and networking opportunities.
Further inspired by the business heroes, their impact and potential, Jack increased the total prize pool to $100 million. The initiative continues to work towards enabling both our entrepreneurs as well as Africa’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.