Global technology giant Microsoft has partnered with acceleration hub Growth Africa to train 25 East African tech entrepreneurs to help them grow their businesses in the second phase of its #Insiders4Good programme.
The announcement was made during the ongoing NexTech Africa event being held in Nairobi.
Insiders4Good is a global community of people using technology to make a lasting impact on the world through meaningful programmes and projects for social change through entrepreneurship.
The #Insiders4Good East Africa Fellowship is open to entrepreneurs from Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda who have innovative social business ideas with the potential to improve their communities.
The first round of #Insiders4Good was launched last September in Lagos with 25 Nigerian entrepreneurs. The fellows will receive a suite of Microsoft hardware and software plus six months of mentorship from local and international leaders.
Thousands in East Africa are creating extraordinary solutions that change the way communities and businesses solve problems and improve people’s lives. We see East Africa as a key region where exciting new ideas are growing. Bambo Sofola, Microsoft Director of Software Engineering.
“We have been impressed by the progress made already by the first fellows in Nigeria and we are thrilled to expand the fellowship to East Africa. The region is well known as a hotbed of innovation. We look forward to deepening our relationships with these exceptional entrepreneurs across East Africa", Bambo Sofola, Microsoft Director of Software Engineering, added.
“The idea is the smallest unit of a business. The idea has to be tested for viability and a business model that works well developed to create sustainability of the business,” said Olayinka Olanrewaju, a beneficiary of the fellowship.
The deadline for application is 31 March. For more information, visit insiderfellows.com