The Business of Good: Young Africa Rising

Documentary film to tell an inspiring story

MessageMakers produced a feature documentary project about the power of social entrepreneurship in global society. Created in partnership with the University of Notre Dame and Bisk, “The Business of Good: Young Africa Rising” tells the complex story of 25 young African entrepreneurs who are thrust into American culture during a State Department-sponsored fellowship at the University of Notre Dame, and must find ways to learn and work together in order to lead a global future.

In order to tell this complex story, MessageMakers conducted some pre-interviews with program participants over Skype while they were still in Africa. While a full film crew was with the participants for several days at the start and end of the program, MessageMakers also embedded a documentary videographer with the participants for an entire month, following them through a range of experinces including a Washington, D.C. summit with President Barack Obama.


  • The Business of Good: Young Africa Rising premiered in special showings on the campus of Notre Dame, and in Tampa, Florida.
  • Thousands more have been able to see the film at film festivals, and streaming via
  • In addition to this film, MessageMakers and Bisk have collaborated on a wide range of other projects, including storytelling promotional videos, video content for eLearning, campus photography, and more.

If goosebumps count as an immediate reaction, you got one. This is amazing.

Mindy Weisberg
Senior Marketing Manager