Tech giant, Google has announced the launch of “Google Impact Challenge” in Lagos aimed at empowering the citizens to drive positive community impact.
The initiative will see Google offer $2m worth of grant funding to non-profits which are innovating by using technology to reach set objectives.According to Google, four non-profits in Nigeria stand the chance of winning $250, 000 each while eight runners-up will each get $125 000.
It said winners would be decided by a panel of local judges and a public vote. The Nigerian judging panel includes Chairman CEO Channels media group, John Momoh, Chairman CEO, Zinox Technologies Leo Stan Ekeh, Chief executive officer Parminder Vir, Rapper and CEO of Chocolate City Music Group MI Abaga, Philanthropist and Executive Director of Nigeria Network of NGOs Oluseyi Oyebisi, Philanthropist and Media entrepreneur Mo Abudu, Ex-footballer and founder of the Kanu Heart Foundation Kanu Nwankwo, Managing General Partner, EchoVC Partners Eghosa Omoigui and Google Country Director Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor.
Apart from the cash prizes, winners will also receive access to Google.org funding, mentorship and resources.
This is an ample opportunity for non-profits to build smooth and lasting relationship with Google and lean on its technology to make unparalleled contributions in their various communities.
Speaking at the announcement on Wednesday, Google Country Marketing Manager Affiong Osuchukwu said the goal of the challenge was to solve some of the continent most pressing challenges.
“This is the first time we are running a Google Impact Challenge in Africa. Many African non-profits are doing great work with real impact and we’re keen to shine a light on them, and give a financial boost to innovative projects and ideas.
We believe technology can help local and national organisations to better reach their goals and solve some of the continent’s most pressing challenges,” he said.
“We also want to highlight the healthy state of social enterprise in Nigeria today, and encourage non-profits to consider how technology can help them reach their goals”.
Entries for the challenge will close on the 4th of July. The final awards ceremony will be held during the week of 26 November.
Applications are open for the next six months, and nonprofits can apply online here at: