Google has announced the finalists of its Impact Challenge for Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa with finalists ranging from startups and non-profits, to various public-private initiatives.

The multinational tech company is also calling on the public to vote for the Peoples’ Choice winner in their respective countries with voting closing on 25 November, 2018.

The challenge launched in May across all three countries and aims top identify local innovators who have the potential to make their communities better.

The public and a panel of judges will vote for ideas with the most potential and Google will pair each winner with a strategic package of support including finding and Google volunteers.

You can vote for your preferred finalists for Kenya here, Nigeria here and South Africa here.

Each of the four winners will receive a $250,000 grant and the remaining eight finalists will receive a $125,000 grant while all 12 finalists will receive training from Google.

The 36 finalists are:

Kenyan
GiveDirectly KenyaUjuziKilimo SolutionsAfriScoutStartup Lions, the Somo ProjectLewa Wildlife ConservancyCreatives GarageM-ShuleSauti East AfricaAfrican Prisons ProjectNairoBits Trust, and Global Minimum InLab.

Nigeria
Bunmi Adedayo FoundationHelpMumSeed Tracker – IITA, the Cece Yara FoundationSolar Sister NigeriaRural Development and Reformation Foundation (RUDERF)Project Enable AfricaLearnFactory NigeriaVetsark, the Roothub Tech 101Junior Achievement Nigeria, and BudgIT Foundation.

South Africa
Saide’s African Storybook initiativeQuirky 30 NPC, the MakerSpace FoundationClothes to Good, the Youth Employment Service (YES)RLabs Zlto Digital PlatformmLab CodeUp!Memeza Shout Crime PreventionGreenFingers MobileCorruption Watch – Bua MzansiGradesmatch, and HearXGroup.

By:ClaraDoku/techvoiceafrica.com

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