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.
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:
GiveDirectly Kenya, UjuziKilimo Solutions, AfriScout, Startup Lions, the Somo Project, Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Creatives Garage, M-Shule, Sauti East Africa, African Prisons Project, NairoBits Trust, and Global Minimum InLab.
Bunmi Adedayo Foundation, HelpMum, Seed Tracker – IITA, the Cece Yara Foundation, Solar Sister Nigeria, Rural Development and Reformation Foundation (RUDERF), Project Enable Africa, LearnFactory Nigeria, Vetsark, the Roothub Tech 101, Junior Achievement Nigeria, and BudgIT Foundation.
Saide’s African Storybook initiative, Quirky 30 NPC, the MakerSpace Foundation, Clothes to Good, the Youth Employment Service (YES), RLabs Zlto Digital Platform, mLab CodeUp!, Memeza Shout Crime Prevention, GreenFingers Mobile, Corruption Watch – Bua Mzansi, Gradesmatch, and HearXGroup.