On March 27th 2019, ANPI launched Y1 of our 10-year long journey to identify, spotlight and support African entrepreneurs’ heroes.
During our inaugural year, we partnered with start-up incubators from across the continent, namely: Nailab from Kenya, 22 on Sloane from South Africa, NINE from Nigeria, and RiseUp from Egypt. We also partnered with dozens of influencers, local organizations and service providers to ensure that the ANPI is a localized and truly a pan-African effort.
We launched our program with simultaneous events across Africa held by our Africa local hub partners in: Cairo, Egypt; Johannesburg, South Africa; Lagos, Nigeria, and Nairobi, Kenya. Each hub partner held an offline event with panels discussing the prize and entrepreneurship in Africa. The event concluded with Johannesburg, Lagos, Nairobi, and Cairo linking on a live feed on Facebook and followed by a countdown and the live launch of the website.