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2020 Top10 Finalist
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 finale pitch competition and participate in a TV Show that will be broadcast online and across the continent. The finalists will compete for a share of US $1.5 million in grant money.
Winning the ABH Grand Prize was a game-changer for LifeBank as a business. The global recognition and funding supported LifeBank to expand across Nigeria, launch in Kenya and diversify our range of services and products to save lives. ABH is a fantastic opportunity and I'm grateful to have participated.
Temie Giwa-Tubuson
CEO of LifeBank
2019 ABH Grand Prize Winner
Stand The Chance To ..
Pitch business legends
Opportunity to pitch to business legends and receive advice from them.
Win YOUR share of $1.5 million USD
All ten finalists win grant funds from $100,000 to $300,000.
Gain global recognition & exposure
International publicity via the televised Africa's Business heroes Show, press releases, news articles, TV/radio & print interviews.
Access mentorship & training
Tailored Feedback, Mentorship & Training via the Africa's Business Heroes Network of Partners and Judges.
Get connected with entrepreneurs ecosystem
An online community of ABH Alumni, judges and key stakeholders that promotes peer learning, engagement and networking.
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. Business is 3 years old or more and has at least 3 years of revenue history.
Please note that at various stages of the application, we require documents to prove your eligibility.
If you meet these criteria, what are you waiting for?
Fortune favors the bold! - Fred Swaniker, ABH Semi-Finale Judge.
To identify our heroes, we run a 4-step review 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,
Learn more about the journey to the Finale
I encourage African entrepreneurs to use ABH as a platform to tell your story. Many vibrant, brilliant, African-owned businesses are yet to get their big break. If you have built a business, and it's working, the world needs to know!
Chebet Lesan
Founder & CEO, Bright Green R. Energy
2020 ABH Grand Prize Winner
Since the 2019 Grand finale, our inaugural Top 10 Heroes have made impressive progress. Learn how they've used their ABH grant funds and publicity to grow and develop.
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.
  • Won Global Citizen Business Award Cartier Global Initiative Africa Laureate Award.
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 $1million in investment.
  • In 2020 Nawah Scientific's revenue increased by 3X.
Mahmud Johnson
CEO, J-Palm Liberia
2019 ABH Top 10 Hero
  • Leveraged ABH Funds to purchase new machinery and trucks that enabled expansion into new communities in Liberia.
  • Formed a partnership with Pacha soaps in the distribute organic fair-trade palm oil.
  • Won USAID Grant to expand into 20 communities and serve an additional 6,500 farmers.
Our other finalists, have similarly made significant strides, including establishing new stores, increasing revenue and raising investment. Learn more about our finalists here.