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African Startups Among 16 MIT Innovation Challenge Finalists

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The MIT Inclusive Innovation Challenge has concluded judging of Inclusive Innovation organizations from across the globe.

Nearly 160 expert Core Judges scored and commented on each completed application. Now the 16 top-scoring Finalists will advance to the Champion Committee, who will select four Grand Prize Winners to each receive $150,000. The remaining 12 Finalists will each receive $35,000 each.

Among the 16 finalists are a few African startups. Kenyan incubator, iHub is a finalist in the Skills & Matching category, South Africa’s Nomanini was selected in the Financial Inclusion category, Nigerian tutoring platform, Tuteria emerged finalist in the Income Growth & Job Creation category. In the Technology Access category, there’s Rwanda’s solar kiosk provider, African Renewable Energy Distributor Ltd. and Nigeria’s e-learning startup Dot Learn.

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On October 12 2017, the winners will be announced and celebrated at a gala event at HUBweek in Boston.

During the IIC Celebration, renowned leaders in the Inclusive Innovation movement will deliver talks focused on how to ensure that the benefits of digital progress are shared by all.  Featured speakers include Eric Schmidt (Executive Chairman of Alphabet Inc.), Sheila Marcelo (Founder and CEO of, and Leila Janah (Founder and CEO of Sama Group and LXMI).

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The 16 finalists in four different categories are:

Skills Development & Opportunity Matching

Income Growth & Job Creation

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Technology Access

Financial Inclusion

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