Winners emerge for Google Impact Challenge Africa

Winners have emerged for the first Google Impact Challenge in Nigeria with twelve non-profits and social enterprises each awarded a share of $2m in grant funding.

Four winners Vetsark, The Cece Yara Foundation,  HelpMum,  Project Enable Africa will receive $250 000 each, while the eight runners up will each get $125 000.

  1. Vetsark – Plans to launch Alpha Prime Disease Surveillance Technology to predict, prevent, and control pests and disease outbreaks in Nigeria to protect crops and livestock.
  2. The Cece Yara Foundation – Established the first toll-free child helpline and child advocacy centre in Nigeria and aims to connect victims with professional services through the web, SMS, and mobile apps.
  3. HelpMum – Using mobile technology, HelpMum provides clean birth kits to ensure that pregnant women are given the best possible care during delivery, irrespective of where they live.
  4. Project Enable Africa – The digital inclusion project promotes the access of people with disabilities and their caregivers to ICT skills and opportunities.


The winners were chosen by judges and members of the public at the grand event held in Lagos on Tuesday evening.

According to a statement by the organisers, funding will be allocated in tranches and assigned to each enterprise as they reach a set of predefined milestones specific to each venture, while winners and runners up will also receive support from Google to reach their goals and meet those milestones.

Google Impact Challenge Africa, a competition to find the most innovative African non-profits and social enterprises using technology to solve societal problems, opened in May and more than 5,000 (Five thousand)  entries were received in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa.

In her address at the ceremony, Google Country Director in Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor, noted that many African innovators are doing great work with real impact and Google is keen to shine a light on their work, and also give a financial boost to their projects and ideas.

“We believe technology can help local and national organisations to better reach their goals and solve some of the continent’s most pressing challenges, and Google is eager to provide support to individuals and organisations using technology in new ways to make a positive difference,” she stated.

Judges on the night included Chairman CEO Channels media group, John Momoh, Chairman/CEO;
Mrs. Parminder Vir, Chief Executive Officer, Tony Elumelu Foundation; Rapper, CEO of Chocolate City Music Group, MI Abaga; Philanthropist and Executive Director of Nigeria Network of
NGOs Oluseyi Oyebisi; Managing General Partner, EchoVC Partners Eghosa Omoigui and Google Nigeria’s Country Director Juliet Ehimuan-Chiazor.

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  1. I can’t begin to imagine how happy the winnets would be

  2. I bet they really worked hard to get to that positions


  4. This project will really help in nigeria.

  5. NGOs can indeed be a source support to the government. Google,keep it up

  6. Good corporate social responsibility strategy from google.

  7. wow this is great. but i like number 4.

  8. congratulation to the winners…wish you well

  9. Google is giving back to the society that is good

  10. This Is Good To Know. Congratulations To The Winners.

  11. Bravo to the winner. Wish him many more achievement

  12. Congrats on your victory….well done

  13. I celebrate their success with them
    Congrats to the all

  14. This is a great impartation from Google. Congratulations to the beneficiaries.

  15. This is a step in the right direction from Google

  16. Thanks to Google for this initiative

  17. Congrats to the winner and all those tuner up

  18. Congratulations To The Selected Winners.

  19. A very big congratulations to the winners… This really calls for celebration.

  20. Congratulations to the winners. They sure deserve it

  21. Great more of this we want in Nigeria to develop and motivate our peoples anyway Congratulation to the winner and participant

  22. This is wonderful I wish u guys the best.

  23. The funds should be monitored before it end up in private pocket

  24. The vetsark is a very good impart program no wonder they took the grand price

  25. Congratulations to the winner wishing them more success

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