The third Apps4Africa challenge was recently launched at DEMO Africa in Nairobi, Kenya. This year’s competition aims at providing startups and businesses with funding and mentorship support that will enable them build high impact technologies with the U.S. State Department and The World Bank as contest partners.
According to the contest organizers:
In previous years we held ‘app competitions’ which rewarded African innovators who sought to solve difficult local problems using technology. However, the biggest feedback we got from A4A participants was that they were more interested in follow-on support for their various initiatives following the competition.
Drawing upon that feedback, as of 2012, our new model means there will be no longer be a strictly defined number of winners, rather we’ll review every application and judge it based on sustainability, scalability, profitability, in addition to social impact. We feel such companies are in the best position for growth, and thus ready for our funding and acceleration program which aims to prime them for follow-on investment. The competition is open to any company, startup or innovator living and working in Africa.
Interested startups and organizations can apply for Apps4Africa 2012 here.
For more information, visit www.apps4africa.org