Africa Business Heroes (ABH) has held its first annual summit highlighting major achievements and impact. The event drew investors, partners, and entrepreneurs from multiple sectors to discuss collaboration ideas and other pressing issues through half-day online workshops and conferences.
ABH is a flagship program of the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) which is supported by the Jack Ma Foundation. The purpose is to help foster an inclusive pan-African entrepreneurial ecosystem.
The recent pan African summit that took place virtually drew 1600 attendees drawn from all across Africa. A half-day online conference and workshop presented an opportunity for ABH’s community to connect, engage and hear from the best in technology, business, and marketing.
Jason Paul, the International Executive Director at the Jack Ma Foundation also announced the launch of the first ABH Annual report – a recap of ABH’s journey and the impact it has created for all participants and communities.
The report shows that the 2019 and 2020 top 10 finalists have supported over 8,300 direct and indirect jobs. In addition, 43,000 entrepreneur applicants from across the continent have acquired training, learnings, and networking opportunities.
Bogolo Kenewend, ABH Special Advisor pointed out that Africa offers “USD 6.7 trillion available in consumer and business spending.”
Entries for the ABH’s 2021 competition are closed and judges are currently reviewing the applications. A 4-episode series on ABH’s 2020 journey is also scheduled to air in July and broadcast across 11 national TV stations.
Last year’s ABH competition ran from April 6th to June 22nd where the finalists took part in a round-2 finale. The last four finalists were Chebet Lesan (Kenya), Diarra Gueye (Senegal), Ethel Mumpambwa (Zimbabwe), and Oluwasoga Oni (Nigeria). Chebet Lesan took the grand finale prize for her BrightGreen Renewable Energy company worth $300,000.
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