Google’s CEO, Sundar Pichai, recently announced in Nigeria, the commitment of $20 million in the Google Impact Challenge program. This will be for over the next five years to support non-profit startups that are working to improve lives across Africa.

However, only  a select few African countries (Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa) are eligible to apply.

How is the Google Impact Challenge going to operate?

Google will give $2m in grant to 12 non-profits working on community scale projects within Nigeria. Google’s marketing director in Nigeria, Affiong Osuchukwu, revealed.

Also, Google’s product marketing manager  Abiodun Adepoju explained how the fund will be split among the 12 non-profits.

“There will be four winners receiving a $250k grant each. Judges are to select three winners and the public will select one through vote. The remaining 8 runner-ups will receive $125k grant each,” Abiodun Adepoiu  said.

Kenya and South Africa will undergo the same process. This will bring the total beneficiaries and initial commitment to 36 and $6m, respectively.

Are you eligible for the Google Impact Challenge?

Almost everything has rules that govern them, even the Google Impact Challenge. Interested organizations should fulfill the following:

  • Operate as a non-profit in your country of operation.
  • Have community impact.
  • Be innovative.
  • Have the potential to scale directly or to serve as a model for other community.
  • Be feasible; have a well thought-out plan and well-equipped team to execute.

Have you applied for the Google Impact challenge?

The application in to Google Impact Challenge is currently going on in Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa and it will be drawn to a close on July 4, 2018. Afterward, the judge selections and public voting will take place over the following four months. The final winner selection and award ceremonies will be held on the  November 26, 2018 in Lagos, Johannesburg and Nairobi simultaneously.

After going through the terms, eligible participants should visit the link of their various countries. Nigeria, Kenya and South Africa.

Notwithstanding, It’s so exciting to know that the Google impact challenge has finally arrived in Africa after taking place in other continents since 2013. To see previous ideas supported by Google Impact Challenge, please visit this link.


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