The Africa Netpreneur prize, operating under the leadership of the Jack Ma Foundation, and whose mission is to identify and spotlight African entrepreneur heroes and their stories to inspire the continent and beyond, has unveiled the set of judges for the semi-finals stage.
Applications for the prize, which opened on 27th March 2019, were closed on June 30th 2019, having received close to 10,000 applications from all over Africa.
With a total prize money of US$1million, the prize targets entrepreneurs of any age, gender and sector from any of the African countries.
The judges for the semifinals are:
Fred Swaniker: founder of the African Leadership Academy and the African Leadership Network.
Bethlehem Tilahun Alemu: founder and managing director of SoleRebels, the world’s fastest-growing African footwear brand.
Peter Orth: managing partner and co-founder of 4DX Ventures, a venture capital firm that aims to find and partner with the top entrepreneurs in Africa.
Marième Diop: currently serving as a venture capital investor in early-stage African startups at Orange Digital Ventures Africa – Orange Group’s 50 million Euro venture capital fund.
Hasan Haider: founding member of the MENA Angel Investors Network (MAIN), an association bringing together all the active angel investment groups in the Middle East and North Africa region.
Fatoumata Ba: board member, investor and entrepreneur at Jumia.
Rene Parker: director of RLabs, which is part of the International Living Lab movement and has a strong focus on community-driven innovation and social change.
The finale will be held in November 2019, in Accra, Ghana.