12 Kenyan non-profits win Google grants worth 200 million shillings

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Google LLC, an American multinational technology company that specializes in internet-related services and products, has announced the 12 Kenyan-based enterprises that will get 200 million shillings grant funding after beating over 1,000 contestants.

Non-profits and social enterprises were part of the Google Impact Challenge, which brought the organisations together to compete for funding and training from Google. Participants were selected on the basis of the impact, innovation, reach and feasibility of their projects.

The three winners of the challenge which include prisoners’ advocacy program African Prisons Project, Lodwar-based technology skills training campus Startup Lions and agricultural sensors firm Ujuzi Kilimo Solutions, won 25 million shillings each.

Digital literacy programme, Lewa Wildlife Marathon also secured 25 million shillings when they won the Public Vote category in which Google invited the public to select their preferred nonprofit.

Speaking at the award ceremony, Charles Murito, Country Manager for Google Kenya said “Google has been in Africa for over a decade and we remain committed to investing in developing the digital ecosystem and leveraging technology to improve the lives and wellbeing of our users”.
Eight non-profits picked by the judges also won 12.5 million shillings each. The runners up include pastoralists’ migration guide AfriScout, video platform Kalabars, entrepreneurship program GiveDirectly Kenya, innovation lab Global Minimum InLab, SMS education platform M-Shule, ICT training programme NairoBits, crossborder trading tool Sauti and business accelerator The Somo Project.

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