African Leadership University

The Jack Ma Foundation’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative

Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative.

Since its founding, ALU has shown great commitment to fulfilling the mission of educating 3 million leaders by 2030. Our disruptive learning model, access to networks, as well as our strong values have continuously moulded our students into innovative leaders who are determined to create a positive impact on the African continent.

And we are not alone in this journey.

The Jack Ma Foundation works to empower entrepreneurs and drive positive change. As such, in partnership with the African Leadership Group (ALG), it has introduced the flagship, philanthropic entrepreneurship program in Africa known as the African Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI). This revolutionary program identifies the “African Entrepreneur Heroes”, who use their entrepreneurial skill-set to create an impact in their communities.

This initiative has supported incredible young entrepreneurs financially as well as through mentorship and access to networks.

The ANPI 2020- Bigger and Better

This year, the African Netpreneur Summit returns with much higher stakes and is most certainly bigger and better, with $1.5 million set to be distributed among the winners. It will be held at the home of the African Union headquarters, Ethiopia, in November 2020. 10 inspiring finalists will pitch their innovative projects to acclaimed entrepreneurs, including business icon, Jack Ma. Aside from the televised pitching competition, finalists will get to participate in masterclasses, workshops, panel discussions, and more exciting opportunities to network with renowned African business stakeholders.

Why You Should Apply

Our continent possesses a plethora of innovative entrepreneurs who are willing and ready to create impact through their businesses. However, the platform and opportunities to scale up those businesses and help them fulfil their purpose are often scarce. The ANPI is an opportunity for African entrepreneurs to pitch their projects and in turn, receive the support that their business deserves and receive solid entrepreneurial guidance.

How To Apply

The most important step is to believe in yourself and the impact that your business has the ability to create. The process is easy to navigate and applicants can follow these steps:

  • Visit the ANPI website and read over all the guidelines for applying
  • Ensure that you have a registered business and you are the founder/ co-founder of the business
  • Be of African nationality or citizenship
  • Ensure that your company is Africa-based
  • Ensure that the business is 3 years old or more and has at least 3 years of revenue history


We are calling on our African Leadership community and searching for African entrepreneurs, of all ages and all sectors, who are leveraging business to create a positive impact and solve pressing challenges in Africa! If this sounds like you, you can put in your application here right away!

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