Applications are now open for the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) for African entrepreneurs. Applications, according to the Jack Ma Foundation, are open to people from all countries across Africa in different sectors and from any age groups.

The ANPI is a prize competition is founded by the Jack Ma Foundation and it will award $10 million and recognize 100 African entrepreneurs over the next 10 years. Ma first announced the pending launch of the initiative on his first visit to South Africa when he addressed startups in Johannesburg.

β€œThis is a unique prize that is looking to inspire and reward heroes in both technology-driven and traditional businesses. We hope that all of the applicants will be able to use this opportunity to break through the barriers that have been holding them back," said Sam Gichuru, Nailab Founder and CEO.

Nailab is one of the implementation and promotion partners that the Jack Ma Foundation has selected for the ANPI. The other partners include 22 on Sloane (South Africa), Nine (West Africa), and Rise Up (North Africa).

Globally recognized leaders such as Graca Machel, Chairperson of the Graca Machel Trust Board and Ban Ki-moon, Former UN SecretaryGeneral and Co-chair of the Ban Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens have also be been selected to serve on the ANPI advisory board.

Cover image credit: Jack Ma Foundation.

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