2021 Jack Ma Foundation Africa Business Heroes Competition for African Entrepreneurs

Deadline: June 7, 2021.

ABH aims to identify, support and inspire the next generation of African entrepreneurs who are making a difference in their local communities, working to solve the most pressing problems, and building a more sustainable and inclusive economy for the future.


  1. Applications are open in English and French to entrepreneurs from all African countries, all sectors, and all ages who operate businesses formally registered and headquartered in an African country.
  2. Have a 3 year-track record.
  3. Applicant should be the Founder or a Co-Founder of the company.
  4. Applicant has African citizenship or is the child or grand-child of an African citizen.
  5. The company is registered and headquartered in an African country, and primarily operates in Africa.
  6. Company is post-Idea stage. Business is 3 years old or more and has at least 3 years of revenue history.


Every year, ten finalists will be selected to compete in the ABH finale pitch competition and participate in a TV Show that will be broadcast online and across the continent. The finalists will compete for a share of US $1.5 million in grant money.

  1. Pitch business legends: Opportunity to pitch to business legends and receive advice from them.
  2. Win YOUR share of $1.5 million USDA: ll ten finalists win grant funds from $100,000 to $300,000.
  3. Gain global recognition & exposure: International publicity via the televised Africa’s Business heroes Show, press releases, news articles, TV/radio & print interviews.
  4. Access mentorship & training: Tailored Feedback, Mentorship & Training via the Africa’s Business Heroes Network of Partners and Judges.
  5. Get connected with entrepreneurs ecosystem: An online community of ABH Alumni, judges and key stakeholders that promotes peer learning, engagement and networking


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