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4 young African entrepreneurs changing livelihoods in the continent

Anzisha Young entrepreneurs

The 5th Anzisha Prize has just announced 4 young innovative Africans changing their community and through entrepreneurship. These young entrepreneurs impressed the judges with their innovative ideas, business acumen and social impact of their businesses.

Chris Kwekowe, 22 (Nigeria)

Chris Kwekowe

Founder, Slatecube

Slatecube is an online platform that gives young people relevant skills in over 150 sectors. Their virtual internship program gives students an opportunity to learn and collaborate with world class professionals with the ultimate aim of securing employment. Chris started Slatecube in 2014 and has so far partners with organizations like MIT and Udemy to train students in 23 schools and organizations. So far, close to 2000 virtual internships have been provided. The platform is helping institutions publish and share their educational content as well as hire the best individuals for their organisation. Chris has been announced the overall winner of Anzisha Prize 2015 winning $25,000 (Sh2.6M).

Fabrice Alomo, 22 (Cameroon)

Co-Founder My AConnect

Fabrice has a vision of making business transactions within Africa easier through e-commerce. My AConnect is a virtual currency that allows the unbanked in Cameroon can use to make purchases in over 500 enterprises. The aim is to expand financial services to Cameroon’s 17 million unbanked people.

Mabel Suglo, 21 (Ghana)

Co-Founder, Eco Shoes

Mabel has created an afro-centric fashion house that makes shoes and accessories using recycled material. She has deliberately employed individuals who are disabled but very talented with a view of giving hope and live hood through the jobs she has created.

“I seek to build a community of conscious consumers with a forward thinking team who believe reusing and recycling can turn trash into treasure,” says Mabel who is a third year student in Education.

Chantal Butare, 21 (Rwanda)

Chantal Butare

Founder, Kinazi Dairy Cooperative

Chantal started a dairy cooperative in 2012 to help women access markets. So far, 3200 farmers have joined the cooperative, many of whom are women affected by the genocide of 1994. Chantal, a student at the University of Nairobi, has employed 10 milk collectors. Her vision is to mechanize her process and increase scale to create revenue for more families. Chantal has been announced the winner of Anzisha Sector Prize in Agriculture.

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