It’s that time of the year again. FORBES AFRICA is on the hunt for 30 under 30 entrepreneurs building empires, creating jobs and transforming Africa.

“This is one of our most popular lists of the year that people will scrutinise and argue over many months after it’s published,” says FORBES AFRICA Managing Editor, Chris Bishop.

The annual list reveals the young burning stars on the horizon, from Angola to Zimbabwe, who will create wealth this continent needs.

2017 Nominations are now open and only those that make the cut will be featured.

 “I think it captures the youth and idealism that drives the spirit of the entrepreneurs across Africa. It is also interesting to see who will the billionaires of tomorrow will be,” says Bishop.

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If you think you have what it takes to be in this year’s list or know an entrepreneur under 30 with a successful business in the continent – introduce them to FORBES AFRICA by submitting your nomination today.


Nominations close on 2 March 2017.

Nominations criteria:

1. Must be an entrepreneur under 30 (born no later than 30 April 1987)

2. Should have a legitimate REGISTERED business on the continent

3. Business or businesses should be two years or older

4. Nominees must have risked own money and have a social impact


5. All applications must be in English

Share your picks, via email. Your entry should include: country, full name, company name, a short reason why they are the ones to watch and links, if any, of published material about them. Emails addressed to Ancillar Mangena and sent to [email protected]

All nominees will be vetted by the FORBES AFRICA editors and panel.

Connect with @forbesafrica on Twitter by using the #Africa30Under30