Tech-giant, Google, has launched the Google Impact Challenge (GIC) Nigeria 2018.
The Google Country Marketing Manager, Affiong Osuchukwu, said the initiative will see Google offer $2 million worth of grant to non-profits in the country that are innovating by using technology to reach their goals.
She further revealed that four non-profits stand to win $250,000 each, while eight runners-up will get $125,000 each.
Speaking at the announcement on Wednesday, Osuchukwu said the goal of the challenge was to solve some of the continent pressing challenges.
In her words:
“This is the first time we are running a GIC in Africa. Many African non-profits are doing great work with real impact, and we are keen to shine a light on them and give a financial boost to innovative projects and ideas.”
Osuchukwu said that winners would be decided by a panel of local judges and a public vote.
The panel of judges include the
- Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Channels Media Group, Mr. John Momoh
- CEO, Zinox Technologies, Mr. Leo Stan Ekeh
- Ex-international footballer and founder of the Kanu Heart Foundation, Kanu Nwankwo
- Philanthropist and Executive Director of Nigeria Network of NGOs, Oluseyi Oyebisi,
- Philanthropist and Media entrepreneur, Mo Abudu
- Managing General Partner, EchoVC Partners, Eghosa Omoigu
- Google Country Director, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor
She said that the winning non-profits would also have free access to guidance, technical assistance, and mentorship from Google.
To be eligible such organizations must
- Be registered as a non-profit in their country of operation.
- Have community impact.
- Be innovative.
- Have the potential to scale directly or to serve as a model for other communities.
- Be feasible; have a well-thought-out plan and well-equipped team to execute
How to apply
The application portal will be open until July 4, 2018, after which local judges selection and public voting will take place over the following four months. The final winner selection/award ceremonies will be held during the week of November 26th in Lagos.