Google announced the 12 finalists for the first Google Impact Challenge in Kenya, which sought to identify and fund the most innovative social enterprises using technology to improve society on a local or national scale.
According to Rachel Ruto the Google Impact Challenge has bridged the gap between Kenyans who have great ideas and no means to implement and scale them saying she was grateful that Google had created this avenue for innovative Kenyans to put forward their ideas for social impact.
Google will invest a total of KES 200 million in grants to the 12 finalist in Kenya with Lewa Wildlife Marathon being named the winner of the Public Vote, while African Prisons Project, Startup Lions and Ujuzi Kilimo Solutions won the Judges’ Vote with each of them taking home Kshs.25 million while the other 8 finalist went home with 12.5 million each
Google Kenya Country Manager Charles Murito said they celebrate the nonprofits that took part in the Google Impact Challenge especially for the waySS their work is fuelling social and economic change in their communities and that this Challenge is part of their ongoing commitment to invest and build initiatives relevant for Africans’ everyday lives.
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.