Liquid Telecom is hosting Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s (MIT)’s 2019
MIT’s Inclusive Innovation Challenge (IIC) in Africa to help entrepreneurs re-invent the way technology innovation is harnessed.
Launched in 2016, the challenge is coming to Africa for the first time and Liquid Telecom will serve as the IIC’s outreach partner for Africa, where it will play an important role in recruiting African entrepreneurs and innovators to participate in the challenge.
The 2019 IIC has four categories which include technology access, financial inclusion, skills development and opportunity matching, and income growth and job creation. The IIC will award a total of $1.6 million this year —including $250,000 to each of the four winning organisations.
“We are happy to help IIC reach more entrepreneurs and innovators across the continent,” said Liquid Telecom’s Group Chief Technology and Innovation Officer Ben Roberts. “
Registration is open now and the deadline for submissions in 9 May. Regional finalists will be announced 23 July and winners will be recognised at regional celebrations. The challenge will culminate with a Global Grand Prize Gala at MIT on 21 November 2019.
Since 2016, 3,000 organisations have registered for the IIC from more than 100 nations. It has worked with more than 100 Global Outreach Partners, 500 judges, and drawn 3,300 event attendees.
There were 100 winners in last year’s competition, awarded a total of $3.5 million, which developed solutions ranging from agricultural climate apps for African farmers to training courses for US healthcare workers and coding boot camps in India and the Middle East.