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Alibaba Africa Business Heroes Grant [1.5 million] Extends Application Deadline | Wirkish, 2021

Deadline: June 21st, 2021

The Africa’s Business Heroes prize competition, a philanthropic program established by the Jack Ma Foundation to spotlight and support African entrepreneurs, has extended its network of local and international partners for its 2021 Edition.

This year, ABH has consolidated its long-standing collaboration with Anchor Partners, including African Leadership Group, Janngo, and RiseUp, to work together to mobilize talented and mission-driven entrepreneurs from across the continent.

This year, the Africa Women Innovation & Entrepreneurship Forum (AWIEF) has also joined ABH’s partner ecosystem and will help to ensure greater participation of female entrepreneurs and business owners.

ABH has also partnered with the Research Institute for Innovation & Sustainability (RIIS) , a group working at the intersection of corporate strategy, socio-economic development and entrepreneurship & innovation; VC4A , a leading platform for startup funding in Africa, and Briter Bridges, a data-driven research company with a focus on emerging markets.

Mrs. Bogolo J. Kenewendo, global economist and former Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry of Botswana, has also joined ABH as Special Advisor.

Her unparalleled background and expertise in the field of economic development will be key to shaping initiatives that will help foster a vibrant entrepreneurial ecosystem.

ABH’s partner network also includes media outlets such as CNBC Africa, Pulse.Africa and StarTimes; incubators and accelerators such as the Moroccan Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, the Ethiopia Entrepreneurship Development Center, Impact Hub Dakar and i4policy; communications platforms like Sasai, and telecoms operator Liquid Telecom.

Furthermore, ABH has continued to build out its pool of expert judges. More than 100 judges will take on the critical task of reviewing applications throughout the initial phases of the competition.

The judges include investors and VCs, members of the media, academics, senior consultants and advisors, incubators and accelerators, and other recognized business leaders.

To date, the 2021 edition of the ABH prize competition has received strong applications from candidates representing all 54 countries in Africa. In recognition of the level of interest from across the continent and the challenging circumstances that entrepreneurs and SMEs continue to face, ABH has extended the deadline for applications from June 7 to June 21.

To apply and for more information about ABH, please visit here.

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