Jack Ma Boosting Africa’s Tech Innovation with Netpreneur Award
By Emma Okonji
Africa’s Business Heroes award, introduced by the Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative, is focused mainly on Africa.
When Jack Ma, the founder of Jack Ma Foundation, made his first visit to Africa in 2017, he came away from that trip deeply inspired and impressed by the energy and potential he saw amongst the entrepreneurs he met in Africa. In many ways, he also recognized that the entrepreneurs were facing many of the same barriers that he also had to overcome when he first founded Alibaba.
From that trip, he committed to do his part to inspire, train, and support entrepreneurs in Africa. As part of this commitment, he established the Jack Ma Foundation’s Africa Netpreneur Prize Initiative (ANPI) in 2018. ANPI is the foundation’s flagship philanthropic programme for the African continent.
Photo courtesy of Steven Lilley.