The Africa Business Heroes Competition for African Entrepreneurs

The Africa Business Heroes Competition for African Entrepreneurs


  • Africa’s Business Heroes (ABH) is the Jack Ma Foundation’s flagship philanthropic program in Africa to support entrepreneurs. The mission is to showcase and grow local talent who are creating positive impact in their communities and beyond, and inspire a movement of African entrepreneurship.

  • Over a ten-year period, the program will recognize 100 African entrepreneurs and provide grant funding, training programs, and broader support for the broad African entrepreneurial ecosystem.

  • Africa’s Business Heroes directly supports talented and promising African entrepreneurs through its namesake Prize competition. Each year the Prize selects ten “business heroes” from across Africa that compete for their share of USD 1.5 million in grant funding.

  • During the competition, participants have also exclusive access to training, mentoring and learning programmes, as well as to a community of like-minded African business leaders.

    Eligibility Requirements

    To apply for the ABH competition, you should meet the following criteria:

  • Applicant should be …the Founder or a Co-Founder of the company.

  • Applicant has …African citizenship or is the child or grand-child of an African citizen.

  • The Company is …registered and headquartered in an African country, and primarily operates in Africa.

  • Company is …post-idea stage and has at least 3 years of revenue.

    How to Apply

  • For more information and job application details, see; The Africa Business Heroes Competition for African Entrepreneurs

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