A Rwandan entrepreneur nominated for one of Jack Ma’s US$1.5 million prizes


Yvette Ishimwe, the Founder and CEO of IRIBA Water Group (https://IRIBAWaterGroup.com) (Rwanda), is one of the contenders for the 2021 Africa’s Business Heroes (ABH) (https://AfricaBusinessHeroes.org) prize, which is sponsored by the Jack Ma Foundation.

The top ten finalists for this year’s competition have been announced, and they will compete for a share of a US$1.5 million prize pool at the grand finale in November.

The 10 entrepreneurs – half of whom are women – were chosen from over 12,000 applicants from 54 African countries and went through a rigorous judging and assessment process. The top 10 companies, with an average age of 32, are based in seven African countries: Botswana, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda, and Uganda. Agriculture, beauty, education, energy, food & beverage, logistics, manufacturing, media & entertainment, and retail are among its main industries. The businesses of 80% of the finalists are located in rural areas. These exceptional entrepreneurs are making a positive impact and providing possibilities for their communities through their businesses.

“It’s African time!” says the narrator. All of our Top 10 finalists for 2021 have consistently impressed us, particularly with their diversity and business strength. The Top 10 are truly inspirational and a testament to African entrepreneurs’ talent, resilience, innovation, and passion. We remain steadfast in our efforts to identify, support, and shine a spotlight on African entrepreneurs who are driving positive growth for their communities, despite the unprecedented challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic,” said Jason Pau, Executive Director of International, Jack Ma Foundation.

Ketsheaphone is the founder and CEO of The Bulb World, a company that makes LED lights. Ketshephaone is enthusiastic about assisting young entrepreneurs and giving back to communities through The Bulb World’s CSR Initiative, which aims to brighten up public boarding schools so that students may learn more effectively.

Visit the ABH official website for more information about the Top 10 in 2021. To join these dynamic and inspirational entrepreneurs as they approach the Grand Finale, follow ABH on Twitter (https://bit.ly/3iy5Ojv), LinkedIn (https://bit.ly/3uLw5Q7), Instagram (https://bit.ly/3isp0yP), or Facebook (https://bit.ly/3mgC8Za).

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