Kenyan Mobile Operator, Safaricom has launched the 3rd edition of its three-month Appwiz Challenge, designed to identify Kenyan developers with interests in Mobile ICT.
The challenge which is launched in partnership with the @iBizAfrica incubator at Strathmore University, focuses on developing ICT businesses through provision of mentorship, training and incubation, to allow start-ups further develop their prototype solutions before entering the market.
Participants will receive a three-month training curriculum, offering mentorship and coaching from industry leaders and leading entrepreneurs, as well as training in entrepreneurship skills.
The challenge will see the selection of three winners, with the grand winner receiving a cash grant of KES1.5 million (US$14,700), second place KES1 million (US$9,800) and third place KES500,000 (US$4,900).
According to Joseph Ogutu, Safaricom Director for Strategy and Innovation,“The growth of the mobile technology market presents a great platform for technology start-ups to not only create innovative solutions to everyday needs, but to transform these into sustainable businesses. Through this competition we want to transform lives through innovation, by supporting young ICT enterprises so that we can also help create opportunities for self-employment of Kenyans and retain Kenya’s position as an African technology hub.”
Appwiz, first introduced in 2013, has so far incubated almost 30 tech startup solutions.
Applications are currently open, to close August 16, 2015. Interested applicants can click here to apply.