Google calls for nonprofits, social enterprises in Kenya to apply for KES200million challenge


Google Africa is calling on nonprofits, social enterprises and businesses in Kenya for the Google Impact Challenge Kenya for a chance to compete for grants worth KES200million.

Once eligible nonprofits and social enterprises submit their proposals to create economic opportunity in Kenya. Google and its partners will review the applications and select 12 finalists. The KES200million will be separated as follows: each of the four winners will receive a $250,000 (KES25million) grant and training from Google. The remaining 8 finalists will receive a $125,000 (KES12.5million) grant.

“We call on the public to vote from among 12 selected finalists for the project they believe will have the greatest potential for impact in the community. Winning organizations receive grant funding and Google training to help turn their ideas into reality,” Google published on their website.

“Google is proud to have a presence in Kenya–as we have for the last ten years–and our teams have been inspired by the exceptional work taking place throughout the country. The Google Impact Challenge is about fueling innovation to support our community and amplify the impactful work of local nonprofits and businesses,” the post continued.

From the 12 finalists, the public will have three weeks to vote for their favorite idea. All 12 finalists are invited to pitch their ideas to our panel of Judges at a final event. The Judges will select three Challenge winners from these finalists, and announce the people’s choice winner.

Google Impact Challenge Judges include:
  • Dr. Manu Chandaria, OBE, EBS- Leading Industrialist, Philanthropist; Chancellor, USIU-Kenya and Technical University of Kenya; Chairman, Starehe Girls’ Centre
  • Caroline Mutoko- One Young World Counsellor, GM of Radio Africa Group, Digital Media Game Changer, YouTuber
  • Amb. Dr. Tegla Loroupe, OGW- Former Champion Marathoner, Philanthropist, Peace Activist; 2016 UN Person of the Year (Kenya), 10 Most Influential Kenyan Women
  • Tabitha Karanja, MBS- Founder and CEO, Keroche Breweries; Global Inspirational Women Leadership and Entrepreneurial Excellence in Africa Awards
  • Salim Amin- Filmmaker, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist; Chairman, Camerapix Ltd and Founder, Mohamed Amin Foundation
  • Janet Mawiyoo- Community Empowerment, Development & Governance Expert; Executive Director, Kenya Community Development Foundation
  • Charles Murito- Country Manager, Google Kenya; Art Curator, Angel Investor, Farmer

Applications close on July 4th.

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