The Africa Business Heroes competition has announced the top 20 finalists for its 2020 prize. It is from these that they will be selecting the top 10 startups among them to pitch at the grand finale.
The competition, a flagship philanthropic program established by the Jack Ma Foundation’s Africa NetPreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI), says the 20 entrepreneurs have a chance to become one of the ten entrepreneurs entering the grand finale, and competing for their share of the US$1.5 million prize pool.
The 2020 Africa’s Business Heroes top 20 finalists
These are from the pool of over 22,000 applications that came in from all 54 African nations earlier this year. They represent 11 key sectors and industries of the African economy, such as agriculture, fashion, education, healthcare, manufacturing, e-commerce, renewable energy, financial services, food & beverage services, retail, transportation, and span 14 countries.
- Abdulai Dasana from Ghana’s Amaati
- Aboubakar Karim from Ivory Coast’s Investiv
- Ahmed Adel from Egypt’s Mogassam
- Amr Shawqy from Egypt’s ExpandCart
- Axel Gbaou from Ivory Coast’s Le Chocolatier Ivoirien
- Chebet Lesan from Kenya’s BrightGreen Renewable Energy
- Chinedu Azodoh from Nigeria’s Metro Africa Xpress
- Cyrille Nkontchou from Cameroon’s Enko Education
- Ethel Mupambwa from Zimbabwe’s MoneyMart
- Fatima Zahra from Senegal’s So’ Fatoo
- Ifeoluwa Olatayo from Nigeria’s Soupah Farm-en-Market
- Joan Rukundo Nalubega from Uganda’s Uganics Repellents
- Diarra Bousso from Senegal’s Dakar Boutique
- Myriam Fournier from Algeria’s Sungy
- Naluyima Emma from Uganda’s MST Junior School
- Oluwasoga Oni from Nigeria’s MDaaS Global
- Samir Ibrahim from Tanzania’s SunCulture
- Shannon Smuts from South Africa’s Pure Good Food
- Vena Arielle from Benin’s Kea
- Wuleta Lemma from Ethiopia’s Lalibela Networks
These will now progress to the semi-final stage of the competition where they will face scrutiny from a 7-judge panel.