About The Prize

What Is The Africa Netpreneur Prize?

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.


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.

Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative Jack Ma's Message

Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative Graca Machel invites you to apply

the timeline

Schedule of events in 2019

  • March 27th

    Applications Open!

    Applications open to entrepreneurs from across the continent encouraging both traditional and tech driven businesses to apply

  • June 30th

    Close of Applications

    The applications closes and we kick off the review and judging process.

  • August 2019

    Top 50 announcements

    We will short list to the top 50 applicants and they will be announced in August

  • October 2019

    Top 10 announcements:

    The final 10 businesses, selected from the top 50

  • 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

News Updates

Latest News About The Prize.


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Advisory Board

Meet Our Advisory Board.

Jack Ma

Chairman Alibaba Group

Graca Machel

Chair of the Graca Machel Trust Board

Ban Ki-moon

8th Secretary-General of the United Nations

Our Partners

Lead partners

Regional Partners

Channel Partners


Eastern Africa

Northern Africa

Southern Africa

Western Africa

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