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OVERVIEW
ABH aims to identify, support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are making a difference in their local communities, working to solve the most pressing problems, and building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future.

The initiative aims to be as inclusive as possible. Applications are open in English and French to entrepreneurs from all African countries, all sectors, and all ages who operate businesses formally registered and headquartered in an African country, and that have a 3 year-track record.

Every year, ten finalists will be selected to compete in the ABH grand finale pitch competition and participate in a TV Show that will be broadcast online and across the continent. The finalists compete for a share of US $1.5 million in grant money.
WHAT OUR FINALISTS HAVE TO SAY
Your job is to let ABH know about your business. ABH is going to show you how you’re the hero you never knew you were
Ghirmay Abraham
CEO & Founder of Aptech Africa
2021 ABH Top 10 Finalist
ABH was a once in a lifetime experience and is a gift that still keeps on giving! I benefited from really strong mentors who challenged me to think deeply about my business, met amazing entrepreneurs, got grant funding and great publicity. The profile of our business has also really risen as a result for it. Don’t think about it, apply!
Navalayo Osembo
CEO & Founder of Enda
2021 ABH 3rd Place Finalist
“I have very fond memories of my time on Africa’s Business Heroes and would encourage every African entrepreneur to get involved. From the application process and the networking opportunities to the training sessions and the live finals, the entire experience challenged me in so many ways and encouraged me to explore new ways to improve what we do at Releaf. Just make sure you put your best foot forward and enter with the intention of going all the way. ABH has been a catalyst for some great new opportunities for us and it could do the same thing for you too.
Ikenna Nzewi
CEO & Co-founder of Releaf
2021 ABH 2nd Place Finalist
If you are an entrepreneur who fits our profile, we invite you to apply to our fourth annual competition. It's a game-changing opportunity!
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BENEFITS OF APPLYING
ABH Is More Than A Competition And Has Been Designed To Provide Applicants And Finalists With Numerous Benefits:
Insights into your business
Our application process helps applicants strengthen their pitching/fundraising efforts via an introspective application process. Applicants also get the opportunity to receive feedback and advice from numerous business professionals and seasoned entrepreneurs at various stages of the competitions.
Targeted & practical training programs:
we provide ABH community members to a range of bespoke training programs such as financial management, marketing and more. Finalists have the opportunity to access even more programs & services such as investment readiness and talent sourcing via our network of partners and judges.
Mentorship from business icons
Our Finalists have the opportunity to be mentored by global business icons both throughout the competition and afterwards.
Grant Funds of up to $300,000
our Top 10 finalists share a prize pool of $1.5 million with the first prize winner taking home $300,000 in grant funds.
Global recognition and exposure
ABH also spotlights the most promising entrepreneurs as they progress via press releases, social media, news articles and provides significant exposure opportunities to finalists via the Africa’s Business Heroes Show, which is distributed across 40+ African countries.
WHERE OUR TOP 10 HEROES ARE NOW…
Our 2019 and 2020 cohorts have made impressive progress since they were crowned the top heroes in our first two years respectively. Read on to see how they developed post-Prize and used their ABH grant funds and publicity to scale:
Temie Giwa-Tubosun
CEO, LifeBank
2019 ABH Grand Prize Winner
  • Leveraged ABH funds expand across Nigeria and launch in Kenya.
  • Diversified LifeBank’s range of services and products to include AirBank, which supplies oxygen to hospitals as well as COVID-19 testing services, and StockBank, which uses collective bargaining and prediction technology to power the future of PPE and consumable distribution across care centers in Africa.
  • Won Global Citizen Business Award; Cartier Global Initiative Africa Laureate Award; and Forbes Woman Africa Award for Technology and Innovation.
  • Revenue has grown by 2X in 2020 and 2021 respectively.
  • Number of lives saved has grown by 5X in 2021.
  • Distributed 14X more products.
Omar Sakr
CEO, Nawah Scientific
2019 ABH 2nd Prize Winner
  • Leveraged ABH funds to establish a new facility, which increased their capacity by 7X and has made Nawah Scientific the biggest private multidisciplinary research hub in Egypt.
  • Increased exposure from the ABH Competition, enabled Nawah Scientific raise $1 million in investment.
  • In 2020 Nawah Scientific’s revenue increased by 4X.
Moulaye Tamboure
CEO, ANKA (formerly Afrikrea)
2019 ABH Top 10 Hero
  • Revenue has grown by over 5X.
  • Have become biggest African ecommerce exporter with DHL.
  • Secured $6.2M USD in funding.
Our other finalists, have also made similar significant strides including establishing new stores, increasing revenue and raising investment. To learn more about their progress, we invite you to sign up for our newsletter where we share frequent updates on them.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE?
To apply for our competition, you should meet the following 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 …
registered and headquartered in an African country, and primarily operates in Africa.
Company is …
post-idea stage and has at least 3 years of revenue.
If you meet all these criteria, we welcome you to apply. However, please note that at various stages of the application, we require documents to prove these criteria so we encourage you to be honest.
HOW TO APPLY
Fortune favors the bold! - Fred Swaniker, ABH Semi-Finale Judge.
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JUDGING PROCESS
To identify our heroes, we run a 4-step application process.
Round 1
An online review of submitted applicants to determine our Top 50 Finalists. Each application will be reviewed by two judges. The Top 50 Finalists will be determined by the average scores of all applications.
Round 2
Video-Call interviews with two established business leaders who engage in a 1 hour and a half in-depth assessment of the company and finalist. The Top 20 Finalists will be determined by the average scores of all 50 Finalists.
Due diligence
Our Top 20 Finalists will need to pass due diligence checks by our partner: Price Waterhouse Coopers (PwC) in order to move to the Semi-Finale round.
Semi-Final Pitch
Our short-listed finalists will pitch to a panel of distinguished and experienced panel of investors, business leaders and professionals who will determine our Top 10 Finalists.
At each stage of the review process,
our judges provide applicants with feedback and advice to support them on their business journey.
To gain access to funds, mentorship and more,
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TIMELINE
Learn more about the journey to the Finale
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NOMINATE AN ENTREPRENEUR:
Do you know an African Entrepreneur creating positive change through their business?

Are they running a business that is at least 3 years old? Could they benefit from up to $3000,000 in Grant Funds, Media exposure and access to training?

If so, please nominate them here:     VIEW MORE