MY TRIP TO GHANA IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TO AFRICA - JACK MA

• Jack Ma capped a week-long tour in Africa with the awarding of the inaugural African Netpreneur Prize at a Shark Tank-like competition in Accra. 

• Nigerian Temie Giwa-Tubosun won the top prize and received an amount of $250,000.

• In his address speech, Jack Ma said, “This is my fourth trip to Africa and this is the most important trip for me because I have realised that through this trip, we can really do something real for Africa, African entrepreneurs and African young people.

• The ANPI is a flagship initiative of the Jack Ma Foundation, created by Jack Ma after his first trip to Africa in 2017. The aim of the prize is to support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future. In its inaugural year, nearly 10,000 entrepreneurs from 50 countries across the continent applied. The Jack Ma Foundation has committed to running the competition for 10 years.

• The finale event, called “Africa’s Business Heroes,” was held in Accra, Ghana, where the top 10 finalists pitched their businesses directly to four prestigious judges - 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.


The Jack Ma Foundation hosted its first annual Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) grand finale awarding $1 million in prize money to 10 entrepreneurs from across Africa.


Nigerian Temie Giwa-Tubosun won the top prize and $250,000.


In his address speech, Jack Ma said, "This is my fourth trip to Africa and this is the most important trip for me because I have realised that through this trip, we can really do something real for Africa, African entrepreneurs and African young people".


IN HIS ADDRESS SPEECH, JACK MA SAID, "THIS IS MY FOURTH TRIP TO AFRICA AND THIS IS THE MOST IMPORTANT TRIP FOR ME BECAUSE I HAVE REALISED THAT THROUGH THIS TRIP, WE CAN REALLY DO SOMETHING REAL FOR AFRICA, AFRICAN ENTREPRENEURS AND AFRICAN YOUNG PEOPLE".

Jack Ma after retiring from being the CEO of Alibaba, the company he founded that is now one of the world’s largest eCommerce platforms, he is re-positioning himself to become the next high profile philanthropist with supporting African entrepreneurs and wildlife conservation as his focus.


According to him, governments will be responsible for administering the African Continental Free Trade Agreement which has a target starting date of July, business leaders will have to find practical ways on how to connect consumers in disparate markets.


Africa today is like China 15-20 years ago. Because we had nothing. That is the opportunity.” -Jack Ma said on entrepreneurship in Africa.


The ANPI is a flagship initiative of the Jack Ma Foundation, created by Jack Ma after his first trip to Africa in 2017. The aim of the prize is to support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future. In its inaugural year, nearly 10,000 entrepreneurs from 50 countries across the continent applied. The Jack Ma Foundation has committed to running the competition for 10 years.


The finale event, called “Africa’s Business Heroes,” was held in Accra, Ghana, where the top 10 finalists pitched their businesses directly to four prestigious judges - 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.


The specifics of the prize pool division is listed below. Each finalist is receiving a share of $1 million.


The top three finalists were:

  • Temie Giwa-Tubosun, founder and CEO, LifeBank (Nigeria) – First Place, winning $250,000

  • Dr. Omar Sakr, founder and CEO, Nawah-Scientific (Egypt) – Second Place, winning $150,000

  • Christelle Kwizera, founder, Water Access Rwanda (Rwanda) – Third Place, winning $100,000


AFRICA NETPRENEUR PRIZE INITIATIVE AWARDS TOP 10 WINNERS

“It was an incredible honor to be named Africa’s Business Hero. I was truly inspired by my fellow winners at today’s Netpreneur Summit. The Africa Netpreneur Prize will give me the resources to grow LifeBank and expand our presence in Nigeria and throughout the rest of Africa. I look forward to continuing my journey to solve problems and make a significant impact on the future of Africa,” said Temie Giwa-Tubosun, Founder and CEO of LifeBank.


The remaining finalists, who each received $65,000, are listed below:

  • Waleed Abd El Rahman, CEO, Mumm (Egypt)

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

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

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

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

  • Chibuzo Opara, co-founder, DrugStoc (Nigeria)

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

“The finalists who competed in ‘Africa’s Business Heroes’ should be an inspiration for Africa and for the world. Each of these entrepreneurs looked at big challenges facing their communities, and saw them as opportunities,” said Jack Ma, Founder of the Alibaba Group and Jack Ma Foundation. “It is my strong belief that entrepreneur heroes, like these finalists, will change the world – creating companies that drive inclusive growth and opportunity for the continent. Everyone is a winner tonight.”


“This competition demonstrates the overwhelming entrepreneurial talent that exists across Africa. I’m very excited about the future of industry and entrepreneurship for this continent,” said Strive Masiyiwa, Founder and Executive Chairman of Econet Group. “The top 10 truly show the limitless potential of African business.”


AFRICA NETPRENEUR PRIZE INITIATIVE FINALE JUDGES (FROM LEFT TO RIGHT) - STRIVE MASIYIWA, JACK MA, IBUKUN AWOSIKA, AND JOE TSAI

“What really struck me about the finalists was that they each addressed specific African problems with a specific African solution in a fresh way, leveraging technology that wasn’t available previously,” said Ibukun Awosika, Chairman of First Bank of Nigeria and Founder/CEO of The Chair Centre Group. “If this is an indication of the future of entrepreneurship on the continent, then Africa’s future looks bright.”


Watch Jack Ma delivering his address speech:


About the ANPI


The ANPI is a philanthropic initiative spearheaded by the Jack Ma Foundation aimed at supporting and inspiring the next generation of African entrepreneurs across all sectors, who are building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future of the continent. For the next ten years, the ANPI will host the “Africa's Business Heroes” show where ten finalists will compete in a pitch competition to win a share of $1 million USD in grant money.



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