Last week the African Leadership Network (ALN) announced the winners for the 2013 Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE). AAE each year gives over USD 200 000 prize money to outstanding African entrepreneurs who demonstrate business excellence and social impact. The AAE Gala Ceremony was held as part of the ALN Annual Gathering. This year’s 5 winners have business operations in economic sectors including manufacturing, technology, FMCG, agriculture, automotive and social development. Learn more about the winners below.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Dr. Manilal Premchand Chandaria has won the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award. One of the most accomplished industrialists and entrepreneurs in Africa, Dr. Chandaria is the Chairman and CEO of Comcraft Group, a billion dollar industrial sector conglomerate with business operations in over 40 countries.
Transformational Business Award
Interswitch (Nigeria) has won the Transformational Business Award. Interswitch Limited is an integrated payment and transaction processing company that provides technology integration, advisory services, transaction-processing and payment infrastructure to government, banks and corporate organizations – http://www.interswitchng.com/
Outstanding Small and Growing Business Award
Guanomad (Madagascar) won the Outstanding Small and Growing Award. Guanomad is a company that produces and supplies natural fertilizers and organic manures from bat droppings in Madagascar’s caves for use in organic agriculture – www.guanomad.com (video subtitled in French, no video in English available yet)
Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Award
Sustainable Development For All (Kenya) won the Outstanding Social Entrepreneur Category. Sustainable Development For All (Kenya) is a company that aims to improve livelihoods and education in areas without electricity, by providing households with solar energy – http://sustainabledevelopmentforall.org
Outstanding Mature Business Award
QuantamNet (Gambia) won the Outstanding Mature Business Award. QuantumNet is Gambia’s first and largest Internet Service Provider (ISP), leading distributor of global technology brands and luxury vehicles, with business operations in Gambia and Sierra Leone – www.qanet.gm
The VC4Africa community congratulates the winners! See the Africa Awards website for more info.
Inspired? A different prize you can still apply for is the Innovation Prize for Africa: their call for applications closes on 31 October 2013! See innovationprizeforafrica.org for more info on the Innovation Prize for Africa.