In March, Forbes will publish the 2017 ranking of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa. Now in its sixth year, the list has become an influential and definitive guide to the most exceptional young innovators and entrepreneurial leaders who are building the companies that will rewrite Africa’s future.
Nominations are open for the 2017 class of the 30 Most Promising Young Entrepreneurs In Africa, nominate entrepreneurs (aged 35 and under) who are making the most dramatic impact in Africa today in manufacturing, technology, real estate, media & entertainment, financial services, agriculture, retail, fashion and the service industry. Forbes is on the lookout for builders and leaders, innovators and risk takers; today’s upstarts, tomorrow’s moguls.
Nominees must be citizens of one of the 54 African countries and their business must be based in an African country. And no lone rangers here; nominees must be entrepreneurs who have built businesses that employ at least 7 people. Preferably, the companies they have built should be generating revenues of at least $100,000, and be profitable. But if they are yet to break even, the entrepreneur must have created a viable product or service that’s filling a critical need and achieving reasonable traction with tremendous prospects. And the entrepreneurs must be ethical and socially responsible individuals, because entrepreneurs must help not just themselves but the communities that enable them prosper.
To have an idea of the sort of entrepreneurs I am searching for, have a look at previous lists here, here, here and here. Entrepreneurs who have been listed in the past include Trushar Khetia, the Kenyan founder of the Society stores retail chain, Hilda Moraa, a Kenyan entrepreneur who sold her fintech startup for $1.7 million, Ali-shah Jivraj of Uganda whose company assembles television sets in Kampala and Abiola Olaniran, the Nigerian founder of Gamsole, a mobile gaming company.
We need to identify more entrepreneurs like these.