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Here are the 10 finalists for the Africa Netpreneur Prize

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The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) has identified the top 10 finalists for its grand finale event taking place in Accra, Ghana on 16 November 2019.

The finalists were chosen from nearly 10,000 applicants from 50 African countries. The finalists will pitch their business directly to Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group and the Jack Ma Foundation; Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Group; Ibukun Awosika, Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and Founder/CEO of The Chair Centre Group; and Joe Tsai, Executive Vice Chairman of Alibaba Group.

The winners will receive a share of the $1 million USD grant prize pool.

“We launched the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative to identify top entrepreneurs from across the continent, not only to reward them but to inspire a whole new generation of potential gamechangers for Africa. I have been inspired by the entrepreneurs I met in Africa, many of whom are dealing with the same challenges we faced when we started Alibaba years ago. I truly believe the potential of Africa’s business heroes is limitless,” said Jack Ma, Founder of Alibaba Group and the Jack Ma Foundation.

The Jack Ma Foundation will host a full-day Africa Netpreneur Summit, an invitation-only conference where African and global entrepreneurs, investors, educators, and leaders will convene to discuss how best to enable entrepreneurship and the digital economy across the continent. Guest speakers at the conference will include Ban Ki-moon, Former UN Secretary General and Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens. The conference will be followed by the “Africa’s Business Heroes” event in the evening.

“Africa’s Business Heroes” will air on November 29. More details of how to tune in to the program will be released in the coming weeks. Highlights from the Africa Netpreneur Summit will also be shared via ANPI social media handles. Follow along on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

The diverse group of 10 finalists represent a range of industries and experience.

Meet the finalists:

Waleed Abd El Rahman, CEO, Mumm (Egypt)

Mumm is a virtual cafeteria for businesses, harnessing the power of shared economy through technology, cloud kitchens and an online marketplace for home-based entrepreneurial cooks. Waleed is a seasoned entrepreneur with 12+ years in food tech. He is also the former founding managing director of MIT Technology Review-Middle East and a member of the Advisory Committee of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community.   

Ayodeji Arikawe, co-founder, Thrive Agric (Nigeria)

Thrive Agric is an agricultural technology-enabled company that works with smallholder farmers to enable them with greater access to finance, as well as improve their income and harvest distribution. Today, Thrive Agric works with 22,000 farmers in Nigeria, but the company is aiming to build the largest network of farmers in Africa. They are on a mission to “build an Africa that feeds the world and Itself.” Ayodeji is an accomplished software engineer and serves as both co-founder and CTO for Thrive Agric.

Temie Giwa-Tubosun, founder and CEO, LifeBank (Nigeria)

LifeBank is a medical distribution company that uses data and technology to help health workers discover critical medical products. The company has saved over 5,300 lives in Nigeria. Founder Temie has over 10 years of health-management experience with Department for International Development, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Development Programme and Lagos State. In 2014, BBC listed her as one of the 100 women changing the world. She was also recognized by Quartz and the World Economic Forum.

Mahmud Johnson, founder and CEO, J-Palm (Liberia)

J-Palm Liberia (JPL) was founded with the goal of making premium consumer goods while creating income-earning and employment opportunities through sustainable palm-oil production. When JPL was first founded, palm oil kernels had been going to waste in Liberia, but founder and CEO Mahmud Johnson found a way to innovate productive uses for this overlooked natural resource. Today, JPL has created a range of beauty and clean-energy products, built a robust network of partnerships across the country, and helped to create jobs for hundreds of Liberians. Mahmud holds a degree in economics from Dartmouth College and is a 2017 recipient of the Order of the Star of Africa conferred by the President of Liberia.

Kevine Kagirimpundu, co-founder and CEO, UZURI K&Y (Rwanda)

UZURI K&Y is an African-inspired ecofriendly shoe brand established in Rwanda. Kevine is the co-founder and CEO of UZURI K&Y, and she is passionate about ending global waste while also leveraging her creativity to create employment opportunities for her community. UZURI has made a direct impact on more than 750 people through employment and skills training. In addition to obtaining her degree in creative design, she has participated in numerous entrepreneurship programs to enhance her skills in business development. In 2017, she was recognized as the winner of the Made in Rwanda Enterprise of the Year.

Christelle Kwizera, founder, Water Access Rwanda (Rwanda)

Water Access Rwanda pioneered INUMA™️, a Safe Water Microgrid that reclaims broken boreholes and transforms them into state-of-the-art solar-powered water kiosks and pipelines. The water is sold for $1/1000 litre and creates off-farm jobs for youth. Currently, Water Access Rwanda employs 68 people, and allows 47,612 customers to access water daily across 86 stations. Christelle is a mechanical engineer and was named INCO’s woman entrepreneur of the year in 2019, among other high-profile awards.

Dr. Tosan J. Mogbeyiteren, founder, Black Swan (Nigeria)

WeMUNIZE by Black Swan Tech Ltd is helping to solve Nigeria’s public-health challenges by deploying an automated scheduling, GPS-enabled software-as-a-service that uses a combination of digital record keeping and community engagement to increase birth registration and early childhood immunizations. Black Swan is working with USAID Nigeria to expand WeMUNIZE coverage in northern Nigeria. Tosan is a public-health specialist with more than 13 years of experience in deploying technology to solve development challenges in Nigeria.

Chibuzo Opara, co-founder, DrugStoc (Nigeria)

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DrugStoc is a cloud-based pharmaceutical IT and logistics platform focused on eliminating counterfeit drugs, expanding access to pharmaceutical products and improving transparency in pricing for healthcare providers and the product supply chain. Chibuzo is a health economist and medical doctor with over 12 years of experience in the health sector. He has worked with the World Health Organization, the World Bank, and the International Finance Corporation.

Dr. Omar Sakr, founder and CEO, Nawah-Scientific (Egypt)

Nawah-Scientific is the first private research center in the MENA region focused on natural and biomedical sciences that offers analytical and scientific services online and on-demand. Dr. Sakr has 13 years of pharmaceutical experience, has worked as an adjunct assistant professor of entrepreneurship at Zewail City of Science and Technology, and holds scientific and business awards for innovative product design.

Moulaye Taboure, co-founder and CEO, Afrikrea (Cote D’Ivoire)

Afrikrea.com is the leading “Made of Africa” fashion, art and handicraft online marketplace. The marketplace has processed more than $4 million in sales across 101 countries and supports merchants from all over the world. After growing up in Mali and working for companies like PricewaterhouseCoopers and Alstom, Moulaye now dedicates his time to building the global infrastructure for African culture.

About the Finale Judges

Jack Ma, Founder and Director, Alibaba Group; Founder of Jack Ma Foundation; United Nations Sustainable Development Goals Advocate
Jack Ma founded Alibaba Group in 1999 and served as Executive Chairman of Alibaba Group from 1999 to September 2019. He served as Chief Executive Officer of Alibaba Group from 1999 to May 2013.

Jack currently serves as a member of the Board of Trustees of the World Economic Forum, President of the General Association of Zhejiang Entrepreneurs and Chairman of the China Entrepreneur Club. He has been appointed by the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres as Co-Chair of the UN High-Level Panel on Digital Cooperation since 2018.

Jack graduated from Hangzhou Normal University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English education.

Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman, Econet Group

Strive Masiyiwais the Founder and Executive Chairman of the Econet Group. He serves on several international boards including Unilever and National Geographic, and the Global Advisory boards of Stanford University and the Council on Foreign Relations. A board member of the Rockefeller Foundation for 15 years, he also served as Chairman of the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa until August this year (now Chair Emeritus). In September 2019, Masiyiwa was awarded the prestigious World Food Prize Medallion.

Strive is a Co-Founder of the Carbon War Room and the Global Business Coalition on Education, is Co-Chair of Pathways for Prosperity Commission and serves as Commissioner on the Global Commission on Adaptation. Strive also serves on the Advisory Board of the Bloomberg New Economy Forum and drives continent-wide digital transformation as the only private sector member of the SMART Africa Board.

Since 2013, Strive has devoted his time each week to mentoring the next generation of African entrepreneurs through his Facebook page, which has a followership of over four million young people from across the continent and the world. He and his wife, Tsitsi, co-founded the Higherlife Foundation and are signatories of the Giving Pledge.

Strive has been selected twice, in 2014 and 2017, to Fortune Magazine’s list of the “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” and has received honorary doctorates from Morehouse College, Yale University, Nelson Mandela University and Cardiff University.

Ibukun Awosika, Chairman, First Bank of Nigeria Limited

Ibukun Awosika is the Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria Limited, Nigeria’s premier and most valuable banking brand. She is also the founder and CEO of The Chair Centre Group.

Ibukun chairs a number of corporate and not-for-profit boards amongst which are: Convention on Business Integrity, Digital Jewel Limited, House of Tara International and Afterschool Graduate Development Centre. She sits on the boards of Cadbury Nigeria Plc., International Women’s Entrepreneurial Challenge, Imperial Gate School and Peniel Apartments Limited.

Ibukun is a graduate of chemistry from University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University), Nigeria. She is also an alumna of the Chief Executive Programme of Lagos Business School, the Global Executive MBA of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain, and Global CEO Programme of Wharton, IESE and China European International Business School.

As a fellow of the African Leadership Initiative, Aspen Global Leadership Network, Institute of Directors and Society for Corporate Governance Nigeria, Ibukun, through her projects aspires to use her opportunities in life to help entrepreneurs to create jobs for the large unemployed youthful population. She is a member of the Nigerian Economic Summit Group, served on the National Job Creation Committee, and sits on the International Advisory Board of IESE Business School, Barcelona-Spain and the Governing Council of Pan-Atlantic University.

Ibukun is a multiple award-winning entrepreneur and the first Nigerian recipient of the prestigious International Women Entrepreneurial Challenge Award as a nominee of the US Department of State in 2008.

Joe Tsai, Executive Vice Chairman, Alibaba Group

Joe Tsai joined Alibaba Group in 1999 as a member of the founding team and has served on the Board of Directors since the company’s inception. He was Chief Financial Officer until 2013 and is currently Executive Vice Chairman. He serves on the Investment Committees of Alibaba Group and Ant Financial, and is a founding member of the Alibaba Partnership.

From 1995 to 1999, Joe was a private equity investor based in Hong Kong with Investor AB, the main investment vehicle of Sweden’s Wallenberg family. Prior to that, he was General Counsel of Rosecliff, Inc., a management buyout firm based in New York. From 1990 to 1993, Joe was an associate attorney in the tax group of Sullivan & Cromwell LLP, a New York-based international law firm.

Joe is the governor of the Brooklyn Nets of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and chairman of Barclays Center. He is also the owner of the New York Liberty of the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) and the San Diego Seals, a professional indoor lacrosse team in the National Lacrosse League (NLL).

Joe is qualified to practice law in the State of New York. He received his bachelor’s degree in Economics and East Asian Studies from Yale College and a juris doctor degree from Yale Law School.


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Bangalore is the capital city of Karnataka and is also known as the Silicon Valley of India. Bangalore is the major IT hub and has one of the largest economies. It has a sound infrastructure and has an amazing transport system. It is one of the metropolitan cities in India and is very popular among investors.

Real Estate in Bangalore

Bangalore has the largest Information Technology hub in India. This city has a large number of MNCs and immigrants which boosts the real estate market here. The infrastructure of this city is amazing and there are a lot of growth projects in the process. This city gets a lot of interests of the investors. The price of real estate in Bangalore has been on a significant rise. The establishments of a huge number of IT companies in this city is the major factor of an increased number of people moving to this city. After the establishment of an international airport in the North Bangalore, the demand for real estate has risen there also. The other factors for the rise in the demand for real estate are elevated expressways, rapid commercial development and the setting of the electronic city in South Bangalore.

In the past few years, Bangalore has emerged as the city with the most active residential property market. The overall housing sales have been on an increase of 80% in the last two years. During the same period, there has been a decline of 44% in the number of unsold properties in Bangalore. Along with the rising sales, Bangalore has witnessed an overhang of residential inventory to fifteen months by the end of the first quarter of 2019 and from forty-two months bythe end of the first quarter of 2017, according to reports. The emergence of fresh properties has risen by 36% in the past two years. As compared to the other prominent cities in India like Pune, Chennai and Mumbai the overall growth of the real estate market in Bangalore is much more.

Offers on the real estate market

The various offers that are usually available are as follows:

  • Fully-loaded flats
  • Easy payment schemes
  • Lucky draws and prizes such as cars, iPhones, gold or silver coins, etc.
  • 10-25% off on ready-to-move inventory
  • Free car parking
  • Free membership

The best apartment options in Bangalore

There are a huge number of residential apartments in Bangalore which is available for sale. There are all types of residential apartments available from expensive luxurious apartment to affordable apartments. The list of the top apartments in Bangalore is as follows:

Prestige Pinewood, Bangalore, India.

Prestige Pinewood is situated in Koramangala, Bangalore. It has 2 BHK apartments. It is built upon an area of 1249 sqft and the average price is ₹12.5k per sqft. The average price is ₹1.56 crore and the EMI starts from ₹91.2k. Some special facilities available here are:

  • Children play area
  • Utility shops
  • Cycling and jogging track
  • Landscaped Garden

Vaishno Lotus, Bangalore, India.

Vaishno Lotus is located in Choodasandra, Bangalore 3 BHK and 2 BHK apartments. The starting price is ₹66 lakhs and the EMI starts from ₹44.1k for 3 BHK apartments and for 2 BHK apartments the starting price is ₹56 lakhs and the EMI starts from ₹34.9k. This is built on an area of 1410 sqft and the price is ₹4.68k per sqft. Some special highlights of this place are as follows:

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  • Swimming pool
  • Cycling and jogging track
  • Gated community
  • North East side entrance

Rohan Akriti, Bangalore, India.

Rohan Akriti is located in Subramanyapura, Bangalore. This place has 1 BHK, 2 BHK and 3 BHK apartments. The price range is between ₹50 lakhs – ₹1 crore. 

Ozone Promenade, Bangalore, India.

Ozone Promenade is located in Mahadevapura, Bangalore and has 2 BHK apartments. This place is built upon an area of 1365 sqft and the average price is ₹6.23k per sqft. It is one of the best apartments in Bangalore. The starting price is at ₹85 lakhs. There is an EMI option which starts from ₹49.7k. Some of the major highlights of this place are as follows:

  • Children play area
  • Landscaped garden
  • Cycling and jogging track
  • Rainwater harvesting

ShapoorjiPallonjiParkwest Phase 2, Bangalore, India.

ShapoorjiPallonjiParkwest Phase 2 is located in Jagajeevanram Nagar, Bangalore and it has 2 BHK, 3 BHK and 4 BHK apartments. The starting price is about ₹1.2 crore and goes up to ₹3.96 crores. EMI options are available here and it starts from ₹2.31 lakhs.

This was the list of the top apartment options in Bangalore but if you are looking for flats in Bangalore then given below is the list of the top 2 BHK flats in Bangalore:

Sobha Lake Garden, Bangalore, India.

Sobha Lake Garden is situated in Krishnarajapura, Bangalore. This place occupies an area of 1314 sqft. The average price is at ₹6.13 per sqft. The price of 2 BHK flats here is ₹80.55 lakhs and the EMI starts from ₹47k. The major highlights of this place are:

  • Children play area
  • Cycling and jogging tracks
  • Gymnasium
  • Landscaped garden

Celebrity Pride Avenue, Bangalore, India.

Celebrity Pride Avenue is located in Sarjapur-Attibele Road, Bangalore. The prices start from ₹29.03 lakhs and go up to ₹39.33 lakhs. The EMI starts from ₹24.5k. this is a very good option when it comes to finding an affordable place to stay and the facilities provided here are also great.

New Haven, Bangalore, India.

Situated in the Tumkur road in Bangalore, New Haven is one of the best places with 2 bhk flat for rent in bangalore. The prices lie between ₹38.5 lakhs to ₹65 lakhs. The EMI starts from ₹40.5k. 

Brigade El Dorado, Bangalore, India.

Brigade El Dorado is situated in Aerospace Park, North Bangalore. The average rate is at ₹3.89k per sqft. The prices start from ₹35 lakhs and go up to ₹45 lakhs. The EMI starts from ₹28k.

Prestige Jindal City, Bangalore, India.

Prestige Jindal City is located in Tumkur Road, Bangalore. The average rateis about ₹6.66 per sqft. The price range is between ₹38.77 lakhs and ₹1.25 crore and the EMI starts from ₹72.8k.


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Do you want to understand YouTube analytics?

I used to think that all you needed to do on YouTube was to post videos and it would grow without even trying. However, YouTube is not as simple as you think, this is why people who invest their time on YouTube content and videos always tend to do well, most likely because they took their time to understand how the metrics work and would keep tracking their analytics especially because YouTube is the second largest search engine in the world after Google. Here are simple ways to understand your metrics.

1. Watch time

From YouTube’s perspective, Watch Time, or the estimated total minutes spent viewing your content, is more important than a raw view. The updated Analytics dashboard makes this clear by dedicating an entire section to this new, more telling metric of video performance. You need to track your watch time so that you understand if you need to go back to the drawing board and either change the quality of your videos or use a better video editing app.

2. Understand your traffic sources

Where are you getting more numbers when it comes to your content? YouTube has a comprehensive report that shows you a graph displaying various sources of traffic. This is meant to help you understand where your audience are getting your videos. By understanding this report, you’re able to see where you need to focus on to increase your reach.

3. Get the demographic right

You might have a commercial YouTube channel but majority of your audience are below the age of 18, which would then be rather pointless. However, if your demographic is right you’re able to create content for the right age group as YouTube shows you the gender that is consuming your content, geographical location and age group as well.

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4. Where is your audience

Determining where your videos are being viewed can help you understand how your audience is discovering your content. Are they searching and finding it through YouTube itself or via external websites? This way you can easily understand if you need to optimize your content or whether the real opportunities is getting your videos embedded on external websites and blogs.

5. Quality of views

Do you want to know if people are actually watching all your videos until the end? You can take a look at the audience retention rate which shows you how long people watched your video for and when the drop off was. This way, you can see if your videos are too long or is it because of the topic that you chose. Using this information, you can figure out where you lost your viewers’ attention and what may have caused them to leave, which helps you prevent similar mistakes in the future.

6. Track your subscribers

How many subscribers do you have? and how many people are following you and also track the Subscribers using the report you can view the amount of subscribers you lost or gained on a video-by-video basis.

7. Monitor your comments

It’s important to track your comments and always respond accordingly. Always ensure that you have responded to comments to keep your audience engaged.


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Vilcap, AMI launch NextGen Ecosystem Builders for startup talent in Africa

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Village Capital (Vilcap) and African Management Institute, with support from the Dutch Good Growth Fund (DGGF), have launched NextGen Ecosystem Builders Africa 2020 to support the growth of talent in accelerators and incubators in Africa.

Vilcap and African Management Institute, say the management development program, open for applications here includes training on both technical skills and soft skills for participating mid-level team members within entrepreneur support organisations in Africa.

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Africa’s startup ecosystems have experienced incredible growth in recent years, driven in part by the rise of entrepreneur support organisations (ESOs) which encompass coworking spaces, accelerators, incubators, business advisory firms, markerspaces/fablabs and tech hubs. The number of active Tech Hubs has tripled from 200 in 2015 to more than 600 in 2019.

These organisations are critical to the success of Africa’s burgeoning entrepreneurship sector, providing entrepreneurs with business training, access to markets, networks and mentors, financial and social capital, and in-kind support. They are key to unlocking the pipeline of early-stage innovation in Africa, and driving investment and job creation across the continent.

However, these ESOs face their own barriers to sustainability and growth. As highlighted in Village Capital’s 2019 report Unlocking Pipeline, these barriers include talent attraction and retention, the ability to absorb increasing amounts of capital from donors, impact measurement, efficiency and productivity of internal operations, and time/budget to develop, test and enhance products and services. 

All of these challenges can be overcome through the vision and execution of a strong team, especially the mid-level managers who lead programs or departments and are responsible for the successful implementation of services/programs for entrepreneurs. These mid-level team members with the strategic guidance of strong leadership are the key to delivering exceptional outcomes at the organisational level. 

Currently, overstretched budgets and intense program schedules leave very little time to provide these critical team members with skill enhancement and professional development to overcome these barriers and deliver better outcomes to the entrepreneurs and enterprises they serve. 

Village Capital and African Management Institute, with support from the Dutch Good Growth Fund, have launched a management training program for the next generation of talent within entrepreneur support organisations in Africa. 

Apply here.


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