The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative is Jack Ma’s flagship entrepreneur program in Africa led by the Jack Ma Foundation.
Our mission is to identify and spotlight African entrepreneur heroes and their stories to inspire the continent and beyond.
The Prize will host a grand finale pitch competition in Africa where ten finalists from across the continent will compete for a share of US$1 million in total grant prize money.
Make it to the grand finale and you’ll have your shot to pitch your story to Jack and the rest of the judges.
The Prize will be fully inclusive. Entrepreneurs of any age, gender, and sector who are nationals from any 54 African countries are encouraged to apply.
Africa Netpreneur Launch video revealed in August 2018- Johannesburg South Africa
Message from Ban Ki-Moon delivered during the launch of the prize In August 2018- Johannesburg South Africa
Applications open to entrepreneurs from across the continent encouraging both traditional and tech driven businesses to apply
The applications closes and we kick off the review and judging process.
We will short list to the top 50 applicants and they will be announced in August
The final 10 businesses, selected from the top 50
The grand finale event where the top ten finalists will pitch Jack Ma and compete for US$1 million in total prize money
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