OVERVIEW

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.

CONTINENTAL PARTNER
Nairobi, Kenya

HUB PARTNERS
Johannesburg, South Africa
Southern Africa
Cairo, Egypt
North Africa
Lagos, Nigeria
West Africa

PROGRAM PARTNERS
2019 LAUNCH

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.

Nairobi, Kenya
Lagos, Nigeria
Johannesburg, South Africa
Cairo, Egypt
Through the support of our partners and supporters we achieved significant results!
KEY STATS
~10,000
applications received between March 27th 2019 and June 30th 2019
50
out of 54 African countries represented in our applicant pool
26%
of our Top 50 finalists were female

Through the support of our partners and supporters we achieved significant results!
2019 SELECTION PROCESS!
Round 1 & 2
Between July 6th – August 6th 2019, we identified our Top 50 Finalists via an online review by our Round 1 judges.
We subsequently held rigorous video-call interviews with our Top 50 to identify our Top 20 finalists
Semi-Finale
Between August 16th – 20th 2019, our Top 20 were flown in to Nairobi, Kenya to pitch to a panel of renowned judges. After two days of intense pitches and reviews, we finally identified our Top 10 Finalists and ANPI Africa's Business Heroes!
Due Diligence
as a final step, PwC conducted thorough investigations on our shortlisted finalists. We announced our Final 10 on October 14th 2019 after due diligence was completed.
PRIZE DISTRIBUTION
The $1 million was shared among the top 10 in the following ways:
1st Prize Winner
$250,000
Temie Giwa-Tubosun
LifeBank
2nd Prize Winner
$150,000
Omar Shoukry Sakr
Nawah Scientific
3rd Prize Winner
$100,000
Christelle Kwizera
Water Access Rwanda
OTHER FINALISTS - $65,000
Ayodeji Arikawe
Thrive Agric
Chibuzo Opara
DrugStoc Ng
Dr.Tosan Joseph M
Black Swan Tech Ltd
Kevine Kagirimpundu
UZURI K&Y
Mahmud Johnson
J-Palm Liberia
Moulaye TABOURÉ
Afrikrea.com
Waleed Abd El Rahman
Mumm
$45,000 is reserved for the Top 10’s deepdive trip to Hangzhou, China
Click here to read more about our heroes: Top 10 Heroes