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Call for Applications: Safaricom Foundation Technology For Good Accelerator 2017

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Description
The Safaricom Foundation Technology for Good Accelerator is a three months long incubation and seed-funding program that empowers entrepreneurs to launch globally scalable mobile tech driven startups that solve relevant local challenges.
Details:
Selection-Our selection process is a unique full-day workshop and pitch presentation (after a week) where participants are trained and equipped with the most relevant lean startup tools to conduct customer discovery and validation. Teams then pitch to demonstrate customer-problem fit. The teams are also trained and equipped with the tools and skills for business modeling. They develop a business model to be tested during the incubation period. 
 
Selection and eligibility Criteria:
  1. Must be registered to conduct business in Kenya in accordance with Kenyan law
  2. Must demonstrate the innovation and how it links to the Safaricom Foundation strategic
  3. Must demonstrate capacity to develop and roll out the solution to benefit Kenyans
  4. Must demonstrate how they have involved partners and the community that will benefit from the innovation
  5. Potential innovations will be incubated for three months after which those selected will be funded
  6. Payments will be paid based on pre-agreed milestones
  7. There will grant to take the innovation to deployment and scale
  8. This is an innovation challenge fund and the Foundation reserves the right to take an equity stake in the final product (negotiated)
  9. The focus is on the benefit of the innovation to bring change to the community
  10. Those selected must be willing to be incubated for three (3) months at @iBizAfrica, Strathmore University
  11. The fund does not fund operational or logistical costs
  12. The selection will be by a committee comprised of individuals from Strathmore University, Safaricom Foundation, Mpesa Foundation partners, Safaricom Innovation and Technology divisions
Training-Selected teams undergo a one day customized training creativity and innovation and an intense two weeks curriculum designed to quickly orient them into the nuances of business skills, entrepreneurship and lean startup techniques. The training will equip the participants with the knowledge and skills across entrepreneurship, business modeling, team development, business processes, presentation skills and pitching, product development and lean startup methodology. Classes take place in the evening from 5:30 to 8:30 pm and on Saturdays from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm.
 
Mentoring and Coaching-Teams will have access to top mentors and coaches from industry and Strathmore University.
 
MVP and Proof of Concept-Concurrently with the training, teams embark on building an MVP for proof of concept. They also run experiment to test the business model. The duration for this is one month. Teams pitch to demonstrate proof of concept and to submit application for seed funding.
 
Seed Funding-Applications for seed funding are submitted to the investment committee for review and approval. Applicants can apply upto KES. 5,000,000 in funding.
Who Should Apply
  1. Teams of a maximum of a maximum of three people by:
    • Kenyan youth (18-35 years)
    • National and community based non-governmental organisations
    • Faith based and civil society organizations
    • academic and research institutions
    • innovation hubs and the private sector
  2. Teams must have the relevant technical and business capacity required to successfully execute the the business
  Themed Categories for the Program
1. Education
2. Health
3. Economic empowerment
4. Environmental conservation
5. Water
6. Arts
7. Culture
8. Disaster relief
Duration: 3 months incubation, 3 months post-incubation support
Dates: 
  1. Open Call for Applications-2nd May
  2. Deadline call for applications-2nd June
  3. Incubation-June-August 2017

Check here to apply.

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Safaricom Academy Students Youtube Channel Initiative

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The current 2014 Full time Masters in Mobile Telecommunication and Innovation students from the prestigious Safar­icom Academy have created a YouTube channel with videos that showcase interviews and tips from leading players in the Kenyan Mobile Phone scene. It covers in depth some of the things that made these people great at the things that they do and helpful tips on how to improve your innovative skills around the mobile scene. It also features interesting news in the mobile industry from around the world and brings you the best from the world of app news.

Have a look below at the first video they made…..

N.B You can subscribe to their channel and watch them bring you different tech stories that will always keep you informed of the ever vibrant technology world.

The Google Policy Fellowship is now open.

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The Google Policy Fellowship program offers undergraduate, graduate, and law students interested in Internet and technology policy the opportunity to spend the summer contributing to the public dialogue on these issues, and exploring future academic and professional interests.

Fellows will have the opportunity to work at public interest organizations at the forefront of debates on broadband and access policy, content regulation, copyright and creativity, consumer privacy, open government, government surveillance, data security, data innovation, free expression and more.

Who should apply?

If you are a student and passionate about technology, want to spend the summer diving headfirst into Internet policy then this is your chance. Students from all majors and degree programs who possess the below qualities are encouraged to apply:

  • Demonstrated or stated commitment to Internet and technology policy
  • Excellent academic record, professional/extracurricular/volunteer activities, subject matter expertise
  • First-rate analytical, communications, research, and writing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and efficiently, and to work smartly and resourcefully in a fast-paced environment

Benefits

Fellows will receive a stipend of USD 7,500 for 10-12 weeks in 2014. Exact dates of the fellowship will be worked out by the fellow and host organization and will be subject to the academic schedules in different countries.

For further information about this fellowship read here. You can also get answers to some of the questions you may have here

APPLICATIONS FOR THE 2015 SPARK* CHANGEMAKER PROGRAM NOW OPEN.

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The Spark* Changemakers Program is a powerful opportunity for passionate Kenyans who are at the early stages of building social businesses and organizations that exist to make a difference for people living in poverty.

You can apply if……..

  • You have already launched a social enterprise that is already making a difference in the lives of tens of people living in poverty.
  • You want to scale their social enterprise to impact many more people living in poverty.

How will You Benefit?

  • Attend The Changemakers Accelerator– An intensive six day live-in workshop in Nairobi where you join a small group of Spark* Changemakers and access world class social entrepreneurship training designed to help you focus your non-profit or business and accelerate the growth of your venture.
  • Access The Changmakers Support Network– Beyond the accelerator you receive ongoing training and support from Spark* International and we connect you to experts and professionals who can help you as you launch and grow your non-profit or social business.
  • Access Powerful Connections– Spark* is an official pipeline partner with a number of powerful organisations that can help you scale a proven social enterprise including Ashoka, Echoing Green and the Unreasonable Institute as well as impact investors to help you raise capital if you are a social enterprise. We can prepare you for these opportunities and make connections for you.

Important application guidelines:

  • The application must be completed by the applicant themselves.
  • Remember: If your application is successful, you will be training alongside some exceptional social entrepreneurs. If you put forward an honest and authentic application and are selected, you will do great. If you haven’t, you may quickly find yourself out of your depth!

 

                                                                 Application Close:5th November 2014

Read more here and apply. All the Best!!

AITEC East Africa ICT SUMMIT 2013 CALL FOR APPLICATIONS

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Applic­a­tions have been invited for the Innov­a­tion Chal­lenge to be held at this year’s AITEC East Africa ICT Sum­mit at Osh­wal Centre over 2021 Novem­berAITEC has partnered with @iLabAfrica to host the Chal­lenge at the Sum­mit to provide a plat­form for innov­at­ors to show­case their products and com­pete for awards.

Developers and start-​ups are invited to sub­mit applic­a­tions to make innov­a­tion present­a­tions in the fol­low­ing sectors:

  1. Health
  2. Edu­ca­tion
  3. Agri­cul­ture
  4. Fin­an­cial Services
  5. Government/​Public Service
  6. Trans­port and Logistics

The top three innov­a­tions in each cat­egory, as judged by an inde­pend­ent panel of judges drawn from industry lead­ers, will be awar­ded a four-​month incub­a­tion period at @iBizAfrica, the busi­ness incub­a­tion Centre at @iLabAfrica. Up to three team mem­bers for each win­ning innov­a­tion will be included in the project.

Dr Joseph Sevilla, the Dir­ector of @iLabAfrica, wel­comed the oppor­tun­ity to identify and develop new tal­ent and product ideas, “We are delighted to be part­ner­ing with AITEC for the Innov­a­tion Chal­lenge. There is a huge amount of tal­ent with innov­at­ive ideas across East Africa and we want to first of all identify the most prom­ising and then help them develop their ideas to a level where they can take them to mar­ket on a sound tech­no­lo­gical and busi­ness basis.

Innov­at­ors want­ing to enter the Chal­lenge should sub­mit their applic­a­tion at http://​bit​.ly/​1​6​PwBzs

 

The dead­line for sub­mis­sion is 1st Novem­ber 2013.