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Essential Ingredient for African Entrepreneurs

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Being a young entrepreneur is difficult, no matter where you are from. But in Africa, the challenges are often far more emphasised. Resources, financing, mentorship and supporting services are even scarcer. Yet despite this, the continent’s youth unemployment is higher than elsewhere, and for many young Africans, entrepreneurship is less of a choice, and more of a requisite for survival. Last year the Anzisha Prize, Africa’s premier award for entrepreneurs between the ages of 15-22, identified a handful of young entrepreneurs who are making it in Africa. Here are some of their tips for success.  1. The most important step is the first one Cameroonian Nteff Alain is the winner of the 2014 Anzisha Prize and is the entrepreneur behind GiftedMom, an e-content platform for pregnant women. He says having an idea is easy, but turning it into reality is a whole different story. The wall of challenges an entrepreneur faces can quickly de-motivate someone from following through on their vision. …