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Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative Announces Semi-Finalist Judging Panel

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The semi-finalist judging panel for this year’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) has been announced. The ANPI is a prize competition for African entrepreneurs spearheaded by the Jack Ma Foundation.

For the next ten years, the ANPI will be hosted across Africa culminating in an annual finale where ten finalists will compete in a pitch competition.

The ANPI aims to support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs across all sectors, who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future.

Applications for the first ANPI officially closed 30 June 2019 and nearly 10,000 applications from 50 African countries were received.

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The semi-finalist judging panel consists of seven esteemed entrepreneurs, investors, and business people from across the continent. The panel will evaluate the semi-finalists and select the top ten finalists for the ANPI.

These 10 finalists will go on to pitch their innovative ideas for a chance to be awarded a share of USD 1 million in total grand prize money during the finale event in Accra, Ghana this November.

“We are thrilled with the response and the quality of the applications we have received. We look forward to the next phase where this panel of illustrious judges will help decide on our finalists,” said Jason Pau, Senior Advisor for International Programs for the Jack Ma Foundation.

“Our goal when selecting the roster of judges for the ANPI was to find true representatives of the diverse entrepreneurial and business landscape in Africa. The judges we have selected are true leaders in their industries and bring vastly different backgrounds, accomplishments, and skillsets to the table. Their feedback will be invaluable and will set the tone for the competition. We wish both the applicants and judges the best of luck as we make our way to the grand finale in Accra,” concludes Pau.

Meet the Judges

  1. Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu
  2. Fatoumata Ba
  3. Marième Diop
  4. Hasan Haider
  5. Peter Orth
  6. René Parker
  7. Fred Swaniker
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