ANPI looks for African entrepreneurs, of all ages & all sectors, who are leveraging business to create positive impact and solve pressing challenges in Africa.
2020 KEY HIGHLIGHTS

On April 6th, we launched our 2020 search for Africa’s Business Heroes. Between our launch and the close of applications on June 22nd, we received ~22,0000 registrations from a wide range of sectors and across a wide age range.


2020 Key Stats:

22,000 Registrations
All 54 African Countries Represented
Percentage of Female Applicants: 29%
Age of Youngest Entrepreneur: 19
Age of Oldest Entrepreneur: 82
Wide range in funding stages – Seed: Series A/B/C/D =70:30



Our Judges have identified our 2020 Top 50 Finalists. See who they are here.

To follow their journeys to the Top 10, follow us on social media:

Facebook & Instagram: @africabusinessheroes Twitter: @africa_heroes

BENEFITS OF BECOMING AN ABH FINALIST
Opportunity to pitch to business legends, including Jack Ma, and receive advice from them
Grant funds of up to $300,000
Global recognition and exposure via the televised Africa’s Business Heroes Show
4. Tailored Feedback, Mentorship & Training via the Africa’s Business Heroes Network of Partners and Judges
Admission into Alibaba’s eFounder program that provides a two week immersion into China’s digital economy
WHO IS ELIGIBLE
At various stages of the application, we require documents to prove these criteria. If you meet all these criteria,
we welcome you to apply in 2021 when applications open again.
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
At various stages of the application, we will require documents to prove these criteria. If you meet
all these criteria, we welcome you to apply.


JUDGING PROCESS
To identify our heroes, we run a 4-step application process:
Step
1
Round 1
An online application and review process to determine our Top 50 Finalists.
Each application will be reviewed by two judges.
Step
2
Round 2
Video-Call interviews with established business leaders who determine our Top 20 Finalists.
Step
3
Semi-Final Pitch
In-person pitches with a distinguished and experienced panel of investors, business leaders
and professionals to determine our top 10 finalists.
Step
4
Due diligence
Our shortlisted top 10 finalists will need to pass due diligence checks by our partner: Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) in order to be confirmed an ANPI 2020 Africa's Business Heroes and to have their chance to pitch at the Africa's Business Heroes Show.
TIMELINE