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Africa Business Challenge Awards Ceremony: The Role of Entrepreneurship in Development Across Africa


May 14, 2021
9:00 am–10:30 pm (EDT)


This event will be hosted on Zoom.


Maddie Handler, mhandler@gbsn.org


GBSN, sponsored by AACSB International and Stanford Seed and supported by Peaqs and Emlyon, is pleased to present a virtual business concept competition for African undergraduate and graduate students. The competition challenged student teams to design a viable business concept that addresses a locally-relevant challenge or problem related to sustainable development and Agenda 2063. The focus of the competition was to promote and support responsible capitalism for emerging markets and to identify high potential young people for mentorship and investment. 

Over 80 student teams from 34 institutions in 15 countries across Africa have signed up to participate. Join us as we celebrate the power of entrepreneurship in sustainable development and celebrate the work of all the student teams as well as announce the winning project.

The competition was designed with the following values in mind:

  • A commitment to the importance of responsible entrepreneurship and its role in job creation
  • An international outlook
  • A commitment to ethical business practices
  • A strong interest in young people in emerging markets and the role that business can play in creating opportunities that enable them to develop
  • A believe that business is a public trust with the obligation to improve and serve society
  • A commitment to lifelong learning and continuing education

The awards ceremony virtual event will feature a line-up of notable speakers, an introduction to the international panel of investors and judges and announcement of the winning team. The awards ceremony event will be open to the public.


  • Rob Vember

    Director, Programs & Partnerships
    Global Business School Network
    South Africa


  • Dan LeClair, Ph.D

    Global Business School Network
  • Dr. Rickie A. Moore

    Professor of Entrepreneurship Director, MSc in Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship
    emlyon business school


Registration is open to all Africa Business Challenge participants and the general public.


For any questions or concerns, please email Maddie Handler at mhandler@gbsn.org.