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BUSINESSLINK MAGAZINE OCTOBER 2014 Cover1We have heard about Bill Gates. How he started, in The Poker Room in Currier House at Harvard University, the software company Microsoft, which went on to dominate the computer industry and made him billions of dollars.

Or about Michael Dell, who started the computer company, Dell Inc, which is one of the largest technology corporations in the world, employing more than 130,000 people worldwide.

From Africa we have heard of but a few young entrepreneurs who have created innovative and world changing projects. Mark Shuttleworth, for example, who developed digital security certificates in 1995 and sold his company to Verisign for US$575 million in December 1995.

But now the entrepreneurial spirit is hitting full-time, with young people from all across the continent venturing into various innovative projects.

The African Leadership Academy recently announced the finalists in their Anzisha Prize for young entrepreneurs in Africa. It is an interesting mix of young people aged between 15 and 22 who have started innovative ventures in a diverse range of economic sectors including energy, health care, tourism and hospitality. Read the full list on page 31 in this magazine.

Although I am sad that no Zimbabwean youth appears among the Anzisha finalists, we do have some young entrepreneurs dreaming big. Our cover article is about the Avelgood Apps, founded by a Bulawayo entrepreneur who is aiming at the global market.

Let’s keep up with the spirit and support our youths. Soon we shall see miracles.

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