From left, former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, and Alibaba founder Jack Ma at the first Africa Netpreneur Prize awards. Photo: Handout

African start-ups get US$1 million boost from Jack Ma’s Netpreneur Prize

  • First grants awarded from Alibaba founder’s US$10 million decade-long fund to identify Africa’s most promising young entrepreneurs
  • ‘Africa today is like China 20 years ago. Because we had nothing. That is the opportunity’
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From left, former UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon, Ghanaian President Nana Akufo-Addo, and Alibaba founder Jack Ma at the first Africa Netpreneur Prize awards. Photo: Handout
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Jevans Nyabiage

Jevans Nyabiage

Kenyan journalist Jevans Nyabiage is South China Morning Post's first Africa correspondent. Based in Nairobi, Jevans keeps an eye on China-Africa relations and also Chinese investments, ranging from infrastructure to energy and metal, on the continent.