The Safaricom App Wiz Challenge is one of the biggest startup events in Kenya. In its second year running the competition has attracted more than 100 tech entrepreneurs from all over the country. The 2014 edition was launched on the 16th of July and applications were open for a whole month and 22nd August 2014 marked the beginning of the hackathon stage. This is where successful applicants present app demos and prototypes for their innovations, hoping to be selected to proceed to the incubation stage. The incubation stage is a three-month period were selected teams will develop their solution and launch into market.
The young innovators pitched app ideas and prototypes in the areas of community development, financial inclusion, smart business and cloud, entertainment and utilities. A total of 45 individuals hope to be among the 15 teams that will be selected to join the @iBizAfrica incubator.
Just like in last year’s edition the young innovators not only get to win more than KES. 1.7 million in prize money but also mentorship and training from @iBizAfrica. @iBizAfrica is a fully equipped business incubation hub that provides state of the art office facilities, fast internet and other services such as mentorship and training.