African Entrepreneurship Awards 2017 (Up to $1,000,000 for Winners)

African Entrepreneurship Awards 2017 (Up to $1,000,000 for Winners)

Deadline: April 28, 2017

Are you looking for mentoring to launch or grow your business idea in Africa? Submit a brief summary of your idea now to start your entrepreneurship journey. The AEA community is dedicated to helping you improve your business idea and achieve your goals of building something awesome in Africa. You can submit a business proposal in one or two of the three Award categories:

  • Education: Education is essential to equip Africans in the 21st century. As 11 million young Africans enter the job market every year, AEA is looking for business ideas that will impact education with the potential to scale across Africa;
  • Environment: The Environment is critical to ensure Africa works together in all sectors to promote innovations that will protect the livelihood of current and future generations. As 11.3 million hectares of land are ravaged every year by poor agricultural systems, over-grazing, and deforestation, the AEA is looking for business ideas that will impact the environment with the potential to scale across Africa;
  • Uncharted: Uncharted means unexplored, not yet attempted. What is so difficult to do in your community that no one has tried before? Like explorers and inventors throughout history, what will propel Africa into a stronger position in the 21st century? AEA is looking for business ideas that boldly go where no one has gone before in Africa.


  • A total of $1,000,000 to all eligible African entrepreneurs with an exisiting business or just an idea for one.


  • You must be a citizen of an African country;
  • You must be a minimum of 18 years old as of October 1, 2017;
  • Your business must be applicable in an African country;
  • Your business proposal must include a technological component (digital, machinery, computers, ICT, automated processes, field related technologies, etc.);
  • Your business must be for profit;
  • Your business idea must include a social impact. You need to articulate the problem that you are trying to solve as well as the solution that you propose to offer;
  • Your business must be relevant to one of these categories:
    • Education – positively impact education in Africa
    • Environment – positively impact the environment in Africa
    • Uncharted – a high-impact business venturing into unexplored territory or untested markets

Application Process

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