Awarding ceremony for the Second Innovation Fund grantees

TANZICT is proud to announce a bunch of new innovations from bright young Tanzanian minds! As Hon. Ambassador of Finland in Tanzania Mrs. Sinikka Antila put it “Innovation is what drives humanity forward. Innovation is also something that to an increasing degree is driving Tanzania forward”. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communication, Science & Technology Professor Patrick J. Makungu followed the Ambassador’s views “Our country’s development requires creativity from individual citizens and startup companies; because it is from them that we shall create economic value and its associated multiplier effect – including quality employment and government revenue.”

Above mentioned can be also witnessed in the light of the statistics: more and more Tanzanians are interested to apply and also the selection process is coming more challenging, when the quality of applications is increasing. The Awards Ceremony was held in Buni Hub and showed a significant public interest by 21 different media representatives broadcasting and interviewing winners and organizers.

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Innovation Fund Winners with Hon. Ambassador of Finland in Tanzania Mrs. Sinikka Antila, The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Communication, Science & Technology Professor Patrick J. Makungu and Director General of COSTECH, Dr. Hassan Mshinda.

The first call for applications of the Innovation Fund was launched in November 2012 and received 25 applications in total. This second round got 44 applications, which shows that the need for pre-seed funding is distinctive and Innovation Fund is becoming a known source. Selection committee comprised of COSTECH and TANZICT staff and private sector representation reviewed the applications, interviewed 14 finalists, and selected the following ten companies or business ideas as the first grantees:

  1. Go Join Africa Safari, Patrick Moshi.
  2. Mobishop, Yakub Leslie & team.
  3. StockPoint, Benedict Tesha & team.
  4. Mobile Donation System, Abdul Bashiri.
  5. SMS Notification System, Thomson Lutta & team.
  6. Mparliament, Godfrey Magila.
  7. Bongotoonz, Musafiri Mbilinyi.
  8. Land Ownership Documentation System, Grace Makanya & team.
  9. GetPOS, Fayaz Valli.
  10. TiME-system, Josephat Mandara & team.

Total grant sum for the second call for applications was 150 000 000 TSH (70 000€). The next call for applications has been just closed and the next winners will be announced later this year.

Congratulations for the winners of the grant and good luck for the further development of the ideas!

The Innovation Fund for ICT Innovations is managed by COSTECH and funded by the TANZICT-project as part of project component 3: Tanzania Innovation Program. The fund is a competitive grant fund focusing on supporting ICT innovators with innovative projects fostering solutions to social and economic problems in the country. The fund focuses on getting new ideas, products and services using ICT to demo, prototype or pilot stage, where the ideas can be tested in the market with end-users, and a feasible business model can be built around the idea or prototype.

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