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Alfred Anucha Award in Entrepreneurship

The Anucha Family is pleased to offer this award in honour of their son and brother, Alfred Anucha, a visionary young entrepreneur who passed away at the age of 26 on March 29, 2021. 

Alfred's passion for entrepreneurship and his unwavering belief in the potential of young people to create were the cornerstones of his life. This award will provide financial assistance and entrepreneurship support to other young Black entrepreneurs like Alfred in partnership with YSpace and the Black Entrepreneurship Alliance (BEA) at York University.

An initial donation of $50,000 from the Anucha Family has created the Alfred Anucha Award in Entrepreneurship (A3E). The A3E will provide $2,500 awards to four young Black entrepreneurs annually. Over five years, the A3E will fund at least 20 young entrepreneurs who will also participate in the free entrepreneurship programming that YSpace offers. Current and past program participants of YSpace are eligible and are encouraged to apply. 

“Bet on Yourself. Bet on the Future. This was Alfred’s mantra and encapsulates the vision of A3E”, says Adanna Anucha, Alfred’s sister. “Our family is excited to support young Black entrepreneurs to 'Bet on Yourself' just as Alfred did. We hope A3E will serve as a living tribute and memorial to honour Alfred's legacy as a true innovator and dreamer”. 

Join us in celebrating Alfred's legacy and supporting visionary entrepreneurs like Alfred by
donating to the Alfred Anucha Award in Entrepreneurship.


Applications open

November 20, 2023

Applications closed

December 15, 2023


February 1, 2024

Application process

To apply to the Alfred Anucha Award in Entrepreneurship, complete the Application form by December 15th, 2023 in the link below.

If you have any questions, email us at yspace@yorku.ca

Program eligibility

  • Black entrepreneurs under the age of 30 who are committed to enrolling in YSpace programs are invited to apply. All programs at YSpace are offered free of charge!
  • Past and current participants in YSpace programs are eligible to apply.
  • A Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act
  • Legally entitled to work in Canada.

Frequently asked

Yes, recipients need to be currently or previously enrolled or committed to enrolling in a program to be eligible. If you are not sure how you can enroll, please email us at yspace@yorku.ca to set up a consult.

December 15, 2023 at 11:59 pm EST

Participants must be 18 years or older to apply and be considered. Preference will be given to Black male participants 30 years old or younger.

A maximum of 4 recipients will be chosen each year.

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To apply to Alfred Anucha Award in Entrepreneurship, fill out the application form by December 15th, 2023. If you have any questions, please email us at yspace@yorku.ca.


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