I love seeing how the raw versions of businesses walk into Nailab and we take them to the next level.”
ANPI is a $10M Grant that looks to support 100 entrepreneurs over 10 years from 2019 to 2029 with a total of $1M shared among 10 entrepreneurs every year through an annual finale pitch competition. Through the guidance of Nailab, the continent’s implementing partner, Jack Ma foundation successfully ran year one of ANPI
10,000 applications received from 50 countries in Africa.
Temie Giwa-Tubosun (Nigeria), founder and CEO of LifeBank, was named in the first place, taking home US$250,000 in prize money. Second place went to Dr Omar Sakr (Egypt), founder and CEO of research platform Nawah-Scientific, who took home US$150,000, while third place went to Christelle Kwizera (Rwanda), founder of Water Access Rwanda, who secured US$100,000. The remaining finalists, each receiving US$65,000, were Mumm (Egypt), Thrive Agric (Nigeria), J-Palm (Liberia), UZURI K&Y (Rwanda), Black Swan (Nigeria), DrugStoc (Nigeria), and Afrikrea (Ivory Coast).
ANPI is the best competition for African entrepreneurs on the continent right now. First the winnings are huge: there is a substantial cash award and much more valuable connections, exposure and mentorship. Besides winning, the application is well designed to help you think seriously about your customers and your employees and the role they play for your business. It is a highly valuable experience I would recommend for anyone. “ Christelle Kwizera
LLEAP² is a challenge that enables innovations to jump the digital divide and LEAP to the next level. Innovators who go through this program are challenged to boost their innovations to the next level by raising funds through crowdfunding, those able to hit their 50% mark receive a match fund of up to Ksh. 200,000.
1: Women innovation challenge 5 entrepreneurs got the matching
2: Light & Circular Economy Challenge 7 entrepreneurs got the matching fund
3: LEAP² Fintech challenge 8 entrepreneurs got the matching fund
We have Run 3 successful leap challenges in Kenya, one in Nairobi and two in Mombasa.
During the LEAP² Fintech Challenge, fintech entrepreneurs in Nairobi were challenged to give their innovations a boost through crowdfunding. Out of the 10 innovations that registered their innovations online for crowdfunding, 8 were able to hit the 50% mark and to complement their efforts they received a matching fund from Close the Gap. The innovations that got the matching fund are:
|Mobile social enterprise ltd|
|Nioji- A card you control|
This challenge was done in the coastal region, targeting women techpreneurs and male entrepreneurs with innovations that were geared towards women. Out of the 10 innovations that did their crowdfunding, 5 were able to hit the 50% mark and received a match fund from Close the Gap. The innovations that got the matching fund are:
The LEAP² Innovative Light & Circular Economy challenge had a keen interest in businesses focused on waste recycling and renewable energy. The challenge targeted businesses that are achieving tangible, social and environmental impact while still making profits. Out of the 10 innovations that went through crowdfunding 7 managed to hit the 50% mark and got a match fund. The innovations that got the matching fund ar Clemence Mwanjala- Techlens
The LEAP² Innovative Light & Circular Economy challenge had a keen interest in businesses focused on waste recycling and renewable energy. The challenge targeted businesses that are achieving tangible, social and environmental impact while still making profits. Out of the 10 innovations that went through crowdfunding 7 managed to hit the 50% mark and got a match fund. The innovations that got the matching fund are:
|Plastic Bottle bulbs|
|Smart bin electric generator|
|Trash to cash|
|Tena pads initiative|
When I joined LEAP² Swahili-tech: Women Innovation Challenge, I only had an idea of developing an online platform for anonymous gender based violence reporting for women in the coastal region. Through the program I was able to raise 690,221. Now I have a platform called Okoa Jamii. ““ Abubakar Mbarak
The Next Economy program focuses on upscaling businesses or upskilling young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, between the ages of 18-30, in readiness for the job market and or build sustainable and thriving businesses. We have run 4 successful cohorts equipping young people with corelife skills, employability, and entrepreneurship training.
Corelife skills Trainees: 600
Entrepreneurship Trainees: 190.
TNE has transformed my future, I was a drug peddler and now am running my own legit business (Joe Bead and art). Thanks to the program I am now able to communicate effectively with my customers and I have gained the skills that will enable me to scale up my business. I have found my purpose. Joe
TNE has exceeded my expectations, I have learnt so much, like how to present my business, I thought I already knew but I didn’t, I can now pitch for funds for my business and market my business effectively through social media. The program was life changing, I am a better entrepreneur. “ Veronica
The iaccelerator program accelerates young entrepreneurs in the health sector whose solutions are addressing sexual reproductive health challenges. Businesses accelerated:.
Genesis care product
The program supports entrepreneurs developing tech driven businesses in the continent. The duration of the program 2017-2018. The program runs in 4 countries; Mozambique, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya
In Partnership with the World bank and the Kenya Ministry of ICT Authority and other key private sector partners, we coordinated a nationwide forum to create a linkage among the entrepreneurs, development partners and all other stakeholders. Duration of the program 2013-2016
288 applications received
266 entrepreneurs showcased
$900,000 invested in the forum