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Safaricom has launched the second edition of its AppWiz Challenge, offering Kenyan developers prizes and incubation as it looks to allow developers to form startups and partner with industry in offering solutions.
The challenge will focus on developing ICT businesses through provision of mentorship, training and incubation to allow startups to further develop their prototype solutions before venturing into the world of techpreneurship.
The grand prize winner will walk away with KSh1.5 million (US$17,000), while runners ups will each take home KSh1 million (US$11,000) and the category winner will receive KSh200,000 (US$2,000).
“At Safaricom, we are committed to ensuring that local ICT startups have the opportunity to grow into profitable enterprises. We want to grow the use of mobile technology in transforming lives in line with our agenda,” said Joseph Ogutu, Safaricom’s director of strategy and innovation.
“Through this, we hope to complement government’s’ efforts in attaining our economic blueprints to become a middle income country by 2030.”
Developers are encouraged to form teams of three in order to ensure their application development and skillset distribution will help them better manage their businesses
Submissions can be made through the company’s portal.