Creatives Garage & Lewa Wildlife Marathon have been are among 12 finalists in the Google Impact Challenge Kenya. The initiative by Google seeks to identify and fund non-profits and fund the most innovative ones using technology in their projects.
The 12 non-profits will receive a total of Ksh. 200 million ($2 million) in grants. The funding will be allocated in tranches, to be assigned to each oragnization as they reach a set of predefined milestones specific to each venture. Google will also provide support and training to the organizations to scale their projects.
Judges in the challenge were:
Dr. Tegla Loroupe, former Champion Marathoner and Philanthropist
Caroline Mutoko, One Young World Counsellor and GM of Radio Africa Group
Charles Murito, Country Manager, Google Kenya
Dr. Manu Chandaria, Industrialist, Philanthropist
Janet Mawiyoo, Community Empowerment, Development & Governance Expert
Global Minimum InLab – Finalist – Ksh. 12.5 million
M-Shule – Finalist – Ksh. 12.5 million
NairoBits – Finalist – Ksh. 12.5 million
Sauti – Finalist – Ksh. 12.5 million
The Somo Project – Finalist – Ksh. 12.5 million
The challenge was launched in May 2018 in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa and during the six-month campaign period, over 5000 entries were submitted from the three countries, with over 1000 entries from Kenya.