Human Development

What Is The Africa Netpreneur Prize?

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The Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative is Jack Ma’s flagship entrepreneur program in Africa led by the Jack Ma Foundation.

Looking for Heroes

Our mission is to identify and spotlight African entrepreneur heroes and their stories to inspire the continent and beyond.

US$1 million Prize Money

The Prize will host a grand finale pitch competition in Africa where ten finalists from across the continent will compete for a share of US$1 million in total grant prize money.

Pitch Jack Ma at the Grande Finale

Make it to the grand finale and you’ll have your shot to pitch your story to Jack and the rest of the judges.

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The Prize will be fully inclusive. Entrepreneurs of any age, gender, and sector who are nationals from any 54 African countries are encouraged to apply.


  1. March 27th – Applications Open: Applications open to entrepreneurs from across the continent encouraging both traditional and tech driven businesses to apply.
  2. June 30th – Close of Applications: The applications closes and we kick off the review and judging process.
  3. August 2019 – Top 50 announcements: We will short list to the top 50 applicants and they will be announced in August
  4. October 2019 – Top 10 announcements: The final 10 businesses, selected from the top 50
  5. November 2019 – Grand Finale: The grand finale event where the top ten finalists will pitch Jack Ma and compete for US$1 million in total prize money

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