African Business Hero Prize Competition (ABH) (AfrikaBusinessHeroes.org/en/), a philanthropic program set up by the Jack Ma Foundation to highlight and support African entrepreneurs, has announced it will extend the application deadline for this year’s competition to 20th from June. African entrepreneurs doing business in Africa have until June 20 to enter the 2022 competition for the opportunity to access training, mentoring and a share of a USD $1.5 million grant.
An extension has been made in recognition of the strong level of interest from across the continent. The new deadline will provide opportunities for potential applicants who have not yet applied and also allow current entrants to complete their applications.
To date, ABH has received applications from 54 countries in Africa, and is also seeing an increase in arrivals from Central African countries. Women are also well represented among the current applicant pool and currently account for more than 30% of applications. ABH also makes special calls to entrepreneurs whose countries are still under-represented – including Egypt, Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia, Cameroon, Ivory Coast and Senegal – to register for this year’s competition.
“ABH is committed to being a fully inclusive and pan-African initiative and it is heartening to see the overwhelming response from entrepreneurs across Africa this year. We aim to have all African countries and regions well represented in this year’s edition and have a really diverse pool of finalists. We encourage all talented and mission-driven entrepreneurs from underrepresented countries to take advantage of this opportunity to tell their stories and grow their businesses,” said Zahra Baitie-Boateng, Head of Partnerships & Programs, ABH.
ABH also invites venture capitalists, investors, corporations and NGOs from around the world to take part in the 2022 competition as judges (https://bit.ly/3mjDKlk). The ABH jury is in a unique position to positively contribute to the growth of talented African startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses. Judges will gain recognition for themselves and the entities they represent as well as access to the ABH community of more than 75,000 investors, partners and entrepreneurs.
“Being part of ABH’s experience as a judge is phenomenal. I have to meet companies of all shapes, sizes, industries, verticals, technology and non-tech. I also got to engage with companies that had a tremendous impact on solving grassroots problems across continents. It was a very enriching experience and that’s why I wanted to participate for the third year in a row,” said Rafeh Saleh, Founding Partner of Cubit Ventures – an early-stage venture fund supporting digital startups in Egypt; ABH Judges Round 1 & 2 (2020 – 2022).
To register for the 2022 African Business Heroes competition and gain access to various benefits, submit your application on the official ABH website (https://bit.ly/3Ngq1rT). You can also follow African Business Heroes (ABH) on LinkedIn (https://bit.ly/36KuX7A), Twitter (https://bit.ly/3wBUV7S), Facebook (https://bit.ly/37NRKQb) and Instagram (https://bit.ly/358i5Ye).
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African Business Heroes (ABH) extends Deadline for Applications to 20 June 2022
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