Africa’s Enterprise Heroes Prize Competitors Pronounces 2023 Winners and Celebrates 5 Years of Entrepreneurial Excellence

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Entrepreneurs hailing from Nigeria, Kenya and Egypt had been within the prime three following the ultimate pitching session within the Grand Finale; ABH ( grant recipients contribute to the creation of over 123,000 direct and oblique jobs via their entrepreneurial endeavors.

The Africa’s Enterprise Heroes (ABH) Prize Competitors, a philanthropic initiative sponsored by the Jack Ma Basis and Alibaba Philanthropy, has named Dr. Ikpeme Neto from Nigeria; Thomas Njeru from Kenya and Ayman Bazaraa from Egypt the primary, second and third prize winners, respectively, of this yr’s competitors. The announcement befell throughout an AR-enabled Grand Finale held in Kigali, Rwanda, which additionally captivated a worldwide viewers via a reside broadcast.

The highest three Africa’s Enterprise Heroes for 2023 are:

1st – successful US$300,000 – Dr. Ikpeme Neto, CEO and Founder, Wellahealth Applied sciences ( (Nigeria)

2nd – successful US$250,000 – Mr. Thomas Njeru, CEO and Co-Founder, Pula Advisors Restricted ( (Kenya)

third – successful US$150,000 – Mr. Ayman Bazaraa, CEO and Co-Founder, Sprints ( (Egypt)

The highest three winners had been chosen via a number of levels of interviews and evaluations from a staggering 27,267 functions spanning all 54 African nations. They’ve demonstrated distinctive ingenuity and tenacity, considerably impacting their communities and past.

Aside from the three last winners, the highest 10 contestants will every obtain US$100,000 in prize funding from ABH. An additional US$10,000 may also be allotted to every of the highest 10 finalists for post-competition coaching applications.

“I’m deeply honored to be named this yr’s Africa’s Enterprise Heroes winner. This award energizes my dedication to driving optimistic change via innovation. I prolong heartfelt gratitude to ABH for empowering entrepreneurs like me, and I’m devoted to shaping a brighter future for our continent via entrepreneurship. I’m excited for the popularity of Wellahealth Applied sciences’ work, and grateful for my workforce, household and the ABH workforce for making this impression in healthcare throughout Africa attainable,” mentioned Dr. Ikpeme Neto, CEO and Founder, Wellahealth Applied sciences, ABH 2023 First Prize Winner.

“The winners of this yr’s ABH competitors embody daring ambition and innovation, exemplifying the true essence of entrepreneurial spirit and a deep dedication to addressing societal challenges. The judges acknowledged them for his or her exceptional skill to show challenges into alternatives, unwavering dedication to group betterment, and modern approaches to fixing urgent points. Their resilience, ardour and impactful contributions make them not simply enterprise leaders, however true champions of change,” mentioned Jason Pau, Government Director of Worldwide Packages, Jack Ma Basis.

Audiences from throughout the globe watched the Grand Finale each reside and on-line, carefully following the highest 10 finalists as they pitched their companies on stage to a last panel of esteemed judges: Dr. Diane Karusisi, CEO of Financial institution of Kigali; Ibukun Awosika, Founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group; and Joe Tsai, Chairman of Alibaba Group.

2023 sees the fifth anniversary of ABH, marking the midway level within the prize competitors program. To commemorate this milestone, a celebratory summit spanning two days from November 23 to 24 was held along with the Grand Finale. Themed “AI: African Perception, Innovation, Influence,” the ABH Summit and Grand Finale introduced collectively greater than 1,750 entrepreneurial ecosystem gamers and aspiring entrepreneurs from throughout Africa within the largest bodily occasion in ABH’s historical past. Along with the reside pitching periods held as a part of the Grand Finale, the occasion featured a collection of speeches and workshops, a showcase of the work of previous ABH heroes and an afterparty to have a good time the anniversary, amongst different actions.

Since 2019, grant recipients of the ABH Prize Competitors have achieved exceptional milestones, collectively elevating over US$153 million in investments and serving an unlimited base of over 37.5 million clients or customers. Collectively, these entrepreneurs have obtained US$7 million in prize cash, facilitating their operations in 52 African international locations. Notably, their endeavors have led to the creation of over 123,000 direct and oblique jobs, contributing to the area’s financial improvement. With a mixed reported income exceeding US$252 million, ABH grant recipients proceed to exemplify the transformative energy of entrepreneurship in fostering progress, innovation and socio-economic impression throughout the African continent.

Over the previous 5 years, ABH has obtained immense assist from buyers, entrepreneurs and enterprise professionals from throughout the globe. A complete of 903 volunteers have collectively devoted over 15,280 hours to judging, mentoring and supporting hundreds of contestants, underscoring the highly effective spirit of collaboration that fuels the success of the competitors.

Learn extra about ABH’s historical past and achievements from the Africa’s Enterprise Heroes fifth yr anniversary report (

Pau added, “In commemorating our five-year journey, we prolong our gratitude to all of the judges, volunteers and companions who’ve labored hand-in-hand collectively on this exceptional journey. Wanting again, we discover energy within the tenacity of the entrepreneurs we’ve supported collectively. Transferring ahead, our mission is obvious: to proceed our work with ecosystem stakeholders to establish and assist much more African Enterprise Heroes in order that their tales encourage hundreds of thousands extra.”

The Africa’s Enterprise Heroes Prize Competitors strives to foster an inclusive and dynamic entrepreneurial panorama in Africa. In its fifth yr, this annual competitors continues to highlight the exceptional skills of African entrepreneurs devoted to effecting optimistic change inside their communities. What units ABH aside is its grassroots orientation, coupled with its age, gender and sector-agnostic method.

Distributed by APO Group on behalf of Africa’s Enterprise Heroes (ABH).

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About Africa’s Enterprise Heroes:
The Africa’s Enterprise Heroes Prize Competitors is a philanthropic initiative sponsored by the Jack Ma Basis and Alibaba Philanthropy. It goals to assist, encourage and allow the following era of African entrepreneurs throughout all sectors who’re constructing a brighter future for the continent, by providing grant funding, coaching applications and assist for the event of an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Over a 10-year interval, every year the ABH Prize Competitors and present options 10 entrepreneur finalists as they pitch their enterprise to win a share of US$1.5 million in grant cash.


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