Pan-African telecoms group Liquid Telecom announced that the Regional Finale of the MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) will be held on 20 September 2019 in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Amongst the 12 finalists, three organisations are from Kenya. Only South Africa has an equal number of firms as Kenya among the finalists.
The finalists were chosen from more than 400 applicants from 35 African countries that entered the competition. Following a rigorous evaluation process these 12 selected finalists now have a chance to win part of a $1 million Global Grand Prize that will be awarded at MIT (Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA) in November. There will be 4 winners from Africa – 1 in each challenge category.
The 2019 IIC has four categories focused on creating solutions to help people prosper in the era of automation. These are financial inclusion, skills development and opportunity matching, income growth and job creation and technology access. Through its Innovation Partnership initiative, Liquid Telecom encouraged African based start-ups, innovators and technology companies to take part in the various challenges.