The Corporate Social Investment arm of Safaricom Limited, Safaricom Foundation has announced the launch of a KSH 50 million ($470,000) fund for mobile technology innovators – its Technology for Good Fund. The foundation also opened applications into the program.
Innovations are expected to leverage on mobile technology, benefit public interest, be scalable, and be in line with Safaricom Foundation’s strategic pillars which include health, education, economic empowerment, arts and culture, water, environment and disaster relief.
Successful innovators will be incubated at Strathmore University’s iLab for three months. Once this is completed, five participants will be chosen for the final phase of the program- which will be to identify ways of scaling the ideas.
“Our overall aim is to enable transformational innovation for young developers who may not have access to the technical support they need to bring their ideas to life,” said Joseph Ogutu, Chairman, Safaricom Foundation. “We believe mobile technology can be used to address some of the world’s most pressing humanitarian challenges. It is transformative and can enable us put relevant, impactful services in the hands of underserved communities,” said Mr. Ogutu.
Interested applicants can apply here. Application is currently open and will close on the 1st of October, 2015.
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