After successfully launching Windows Insider4Good program in Nigeria last year, Microsoft in partnership with GrowthAfrica, today announced that it will be expanding the program to East Africa.
The program according to Microsoft is designed to help entrepreneurs who have innovative social business ideas tackle local problems in their local communities and change how they live.
The Insiders4Good East Africa Fellowship program will be seeking to support 25 entrepreneurs from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda with mentorship and technology as they seek to turn their ideas into reality.
“Innovation is in the DNA of East Africans and we see this region as key area where exciting ideas are grown. We have been impressed by the growth we have seen in Nigeria and we are thrilled to expand in this area,” said Bambo Sofola Microsoft Director of Software engineering.
Successful applicants will be taken through a six months of tailored technical and strategic mentorship from local and international leaders. This is in addition to receiving a suite of Microsoft hardware and softwares. According to Sofola, the applicants for the East African Fellowship don not need to have a technology oriented idea.
The announcement was made during the ongoing NexTech Africa event in Nairobi, Kenya. The event is described as a “meeting of the minds designed to engage, empower and inspire” people from every walk of life across the continent.
Interested entrepreneurs can apply for the fellowship before March 31st with the boot camp set to begin on the 6th of June 2016. To apply visit http://Insiderfellows.com.