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
  • Salim Amin, Filmmaker, Entrepreneur & Philanthropist
  • Tabitha Karanja, Founder and CEO, Keroche Breweries.

The 12 non-profits have received funding as follows:

  1. Lewa Wildlife Marathon –  Winner of the Public Vote – Ksh. 25 million
  2. African Prisons Project – Winner Judges Vote – Ksh. 25 million
  3. Startup Lions – Winner Judges Vote – Ksh. 25 million
  4. Ujuzi Kilimo Solutions – Winner Judges Vote – Ksh. 25 million
  5. AfriScout – Finalist -Ksh. 12.5 million
  6. Creatives Garage – Finalist – Ksh. 12.5 million
  7. GiveDirectly Kenya Finalist -Ksh. 12.5 million
  8. Global Minimum InLab – Finalist – Ksh. 12.5 million
  9. M-Shule – Finalist – Ksh. 12.5 million
  10. NairoBits – Finalist – Ksh. 12.5 million
  11. Sauti – Finalist – Ksh. 12.5 million
  12. 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.