Kenyan Innovators Secure Ksh.13 Million Grant in Mozilla’s Africa Innovation Challenge

Mozilla Corporation in collaboration with Nairobi City County Government (NCCG) hosted the inaugural Mozilla Africa Mradi Innovation Challenge at the Arboretum Park in Nairobi.

The intensive pitching and selection process identified three tech startups: Getpayd, Deaf Elimu and Hali Halisi, and three student innovators: Classify Me, Audred and Mama Pesa. The innovators have received grants amounting to Ksh. 13 million and will get technical assistance to further develop their products and position themselves in the market. 

The programme is designed to identify African tech entrepreneurs/startups and tech students who can benefit from an acceleration programme that will provide; technical support, access to grants and ultimately, market access for their products. The initiative is designed to promote innovation led by and grounded in the unique needs of users on the African continent.

Speaking during the opening ceremony, H.E Sakaja A. Johnson noted, “Nairobi City County Government is working with Mozilla Africa Mradi to ensure that tech start-ups and innovators get access to grants and are enabled to access venture capital investments locally and globally”. 

One of the establishments of incubation hub at the Eastlands Library in Maringo Hamza Ward in Makadara supporting over 20 startups on investor readiness and coding for kids aged 7-13 years.

Development of startup abstract and supporting Nairobi County’s inaugural Innovate Nairobi Tech Week 2023.

The Mozilla Africa Mradi Innovation Challenge was launched in Nairobi in May 2023 with a call to tech innovators in Africa to develop creative solutions for unique African needs. 

“From 2015 Mozilla has distributed over $20 million through fellowships and awards to support individual and collective actions that nurture unique innovations that benefit communities”, Said Mitchell Baker, CEO and Chairwoman of Mozilla Corporation. 

John Omo, the Secretary-General of the African Telecommunication Union (ATU), noted, “Advancing Africa’s Digital Economy is at the heart of ATU’s mandate. We work to create harmonized digital economies through standardized policy and regulatory frameworks for the African Region. “

Source: Mozilla

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