ANPI Africa’s Business Heroes 2020

ANPI Africa business heroes

ANPI Africa’s Business Heroes 2020

Location: Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Date: November 2020

Deadline: June 9, 2020

Summary: The Africa’s Business Heroes is a sublet of the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI). They are inviting business heroes in Africa to pitch their businesses to them and stand a chance to win a share of $1.5 million.

Details: The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) is the Jack Ma Foundation’s flagship philanthropic entrepreneur program in Africa. They aim to identify, spotlight, and support African entrepreneur heroes creating an impact in their communities and building a more inclusive economy for the future.

The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative is pleased to launch year-2 of their competition to identify, spotlight, and support Africa’s business heroes. They are on the search for African entrepreneurs of all ages and all sectors, who are leveraging business to create positive impact and solve pressing challenges in Africa. If this sounds like it could be you, they encourage you to apply.

The Africa’s Business Heroes show is the culminating event of the ANPI program. The show is a mix of entertainment and education with the 10 finalists pitching four renowned business icons including Jack Ma, the Founder of Alibaba & the Jack Ma Foundation. The pitch occurs in front of a televised audience and the show is subsequently distributed across Africa via major television networks and free to air stations.

ANPI will also be hosting a 3-day summit which will feature the Grand finale of ANPI program: The Africa’s Business Heroes show, conferences, master-classes, workshops, exhibition booths and a gala award ceremony where the 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners of the ANPI program will be announced.


  • The applicant should be the Founder or a Co-Founder of the company.
  • An applicant has African citizenship or is the child or grandchild of an African citizen.
  • The Company is Africa-Based. The business is registered and headquartered in an African country, and primarily operates in Africa
  • The company is the post-Idea stage. Business is 3 years old or more and has at least 3 years of revenue history.


  • Pitch business legends and receive advice from ANPI
  • Win your share of $1.5 million USD.
  • Gain global recognition and exposure via televised Africa’s Business Heroes Show.
  • Access mentorship & training via the Africa Business Heroes’ Network of Partners and Judges.
  • Gain admission into Alibaba’s eFounders program where you visit Alibaba’s HQ and participate in a 2-week digital economy immersion trip.

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