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Call for Applications: The Anzisha Prize Fellowship 2014

anzisha logoThe Anzisha Prize seeks to award young entrepreneurs who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to social challenges or started successful businesses within their communities. 12 finalists from across Africa will win an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa to be a part of a week-long entrepreneurship workshop and conference at the African Leadership Academy campus on the outskirts of Johannesburg.  The grand prize winners, selected from these finalists, will share prizes worth $75,000 USD.

Before you begin, make sure you are eligible to enter:

  1. You must be between the ages of 15 and 22 years old.
  2. Your business or project must be up and running. The Anzisha Prize is not for great ideas or business plans – you must have already started, and be able to prove it!
  3. Your business, invention or social project can be in any field or industry (science and technology, civil society, arts and culture, sports, etc.). Any kind of venture is welcome to apply.
  4. Groups or teams can apply (for example, maybe you have 2 or 3 co-founders who started your business or project together), however you must choose one person to apply for the prize, on behalf of the group. This individual must be one of the founding members.

To be selected as one of our 12 Anzisha Fellows, your business or project will be judged on the following 3 criteria:

  • Impact: Does your venture have a demonstrated, measurable and positive social and economic impact.
  • Ingenuity: Have you taken a new or better approach to a pressing problem or business opportunity within your community.
  • Scalability: Does your business or social project have the potential to grow or be replicated with support and investment.

Important dates:

Semi-finalists will be chosen on a rolling admissions basis, so get your application in early! If you have a very strong application, we could be visiting you very soon!

  • 1 March 2014: Early Bird applications reviewed.
  • 1 April 2014: Application Deadline.
  • May/June 2014: Semi-finalist due diligence visits and and final selection.
  • July 2014: Anzisha Prize Finalists  for 2014 announced.
  • September 2014: Anzisha Prize Week & Awards Ceremony.

Click here to apply

For more information,visit: Anzisha Prize

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Call for Nominations: African Teacher of the Year Award

ala logoThe  African Leadership Academy is pleased to announce the inaugural “African Teacher of the Year Award” to celebrate teaching excellence on the African continent. The final 3 shortlisted finalists will be honored at a gala dinner in Johannesburg in October in front of media, the headmasters of 100 of the leading schools in Africa, and other dignitaries.

The winner of the award will also win a cash prize of $10,000!!

Do you know of an outstanding African secondary school teacher,from any country and in any subject, that deserves this award? If so, we encourage you to nominate them now!

Each and every one of us has been inspired by at least one teacher in our lives – this is your chance to recognize the teachers who changed your life!

Please send in your nominations by March 31st to teacheroftheyear@africanleadershipacademy.org

 

Apply! Anzisha prize for African Teenage Entrepreneurs

The Anzisha Prize seeks to award young innovators who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to challenges facing their communities. The Anzisha Prize is the premier award for African leaders aged 15-20 who have developed and implemented innovative solutions to challenges facing their communities.

The Prize recognizes young people whose passion for Africa drives them to design and develop projects that transform their communities and the continent. Fifteen finalists from across Africa will win an all-expenses paid trip to South Africa to be a part of a week-long entrepreneurship workshop and conference at the African Leadership Academy campus on the outskirts of Johannesburg. The grand prize winners, selected from these finalists, will share prizes worth $75,000 USD.

The Anzisha Prize is an initiative of the African Leadership Academy in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation. “The Anzisha Prize Tour”. We will hold information summits in a number of African countries to promote the prize and encourage young people to apply for the prize.

In Nigeria the summit will be held in Lagos in partnership with Wennovation Hub, above all, we want to get youth in Africa (15-20 years old) excited about entrepreneurship and taking action in their communities! Read the story of one of the 8 finalists of the 2011 edition, Adamma Umeofia, Founder of WEBUILT: AFRICA, from Lagos, Nigeria via http://www.webuilt.org/webuilt-nigeria/

ELIGIBILITY: · Applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 20. · Innovations in all fields (science and technology, civil society, arts and culture, sports, etc.) will be considered by the Prize Committee. · Some projects are carried out by small groups or teams that see themselves as equal. Should this be the case with your project, the primary initiator who assembled the project team should apply for the prize on behalf of the group. Should the group be named a finalist, only the primary initiator of the winning group will attend the workshop in South Africa, though winnings may be shared amongst the group.

SELECTION CRITERIA: Applicants will be judged on: · Impact: efforts have a demonstrated, measurable and positive outcome. · Ingenuity: applicants take a new and better approach to a pressing problem in their community. · Scalability: solutions have the potential to be replicated in communities facing similar challenges. TIMELINE: · The application deadline for the Prize is 1 May 2012. We strongly encourage you to submit your application as soon as possible. We cannot evaluate applications that arrive after the deadline. · Finalists will be notified in July 2012 · The entrepreneurship workshop and conference will take place in August 2012.

When can I enter? As soon as possible!

The closing date for the competition is May 1, 2012 but early submissions are highly encouraged.

How do I apply? Please download the application form via the link below for detailed information regarding eligibility, competition timeline, and submission instructions – http://www.anzishaprize.org

One of three ways to submit: · Via email to prize@anzishaprize.org . (This is the preferred method!) ·

Via fax to +27 11 252 6190 · Via certified courier to: African Leadership Academy, 1050 Printech Avenue, Honeydew, 2040, South Africa. Please list “Entrepreneurial Leadership Center” as the receiver and write +27 11 699 3000 for the receiver’s phone number.

Source: http://thebridgeleadership.org/index.php/news-a-updates.html