I visited Finland for a week with some Tanzanian Government officials, and one of the interesting organisations we met was AppCampus.
AppCampus is an €18 million joint project of Aalto University, Microsoft and Nokia. They offer financing and coaching in mobile technology, design and usability to Windows Phone developers. The funding per App is 20,000 – 70,000 € which translates to about 40 to 140 million TSH. They do not take equity or commission, and provide support in the software development process, quality control and marketing. Both individuals and companies can apply.
The catch? Successful applications are expected to be available exclusively on Windows Phone and other Nokia platforms for the first 6 months, and the winners can’t put up even similar Apps to other platforms during that time.
I would say that the opportunity is still really great, but the competition is also tough. The application process does not expect your App to be ready and on the market yet, but one of the questions does say “Please provide a URL to drawings, storyboards, prototypes, diagrams, website, or demo of your app. Including this information is strongly recommended.”
So take a look, and if you have something great in the works, consider applying! The process happens in English, but the App language can be something else, so Swahili Apps do have a chance too.
If you would like to participate in AppCampus, but feel you need help with your concept or with the application process, get in touch with us and we’ll see what we can do to help you.