25 May 2018
Google starts first Impact Challenges in Africa
Google has launched the first African Google Impact Challenges in Kenya, South Africa and Nigeria. The company is offering USD 2 million in grants in each country to nonprofits and social enterprises that have a compelling technology-based project that can improve society on a local or national scale. The money will be shared across four winners and eight runners up in each country. Charles Murito, Country Manager, Google Kenya said the company wants to encourage non-profits to consider how technology and innovation can help them reach their goals.
Applications must be from registered charities and are open for the next six months. The public will vote for the idea they believe has the most potential, and the judges will select three more winners after hearing in-person pitches from a set of finalists. The winning nonprofits and social enterprises will receive cash as well as access to guidance, technical assistance and mentorship from Google, which they are free to take up should they so choose. The final awards ceremony will be held during the week of 26 November.