Applications are now open for Innovate Kenya 2015!
Global Minimum Innovate Kenya has launched its application cycle for the 2015 InChallenge program. The online application portal is available here.
In this 3-week accelerator program, Kenyan youth will undergo a series of design-thinking trainings, leadership clinics, community outings and rigorous technical training and exploration in their area of interest. Program dates are set for mid-April to early May.
InChallenges are social entrepreneurship- and innovation competitions that empower youths in Sierra Leone, Kenya and South Africa to create and implement their own solutions to pressing problems in their communities. GMin provides seed funding, space, mentorship, and opportunities, allowing students to turn their ideas into reality. We create a system whereby any young student who envisions a local solution to a local problem can access a support network to realize those dreams. By fostering bright minds with the creative freedom to design their future, we lay the bedrock for national development.
How They Work:
Any Senior Secondary School in Sierra Leone, Kenya or South Africa can nominate teams of 2 – 5 students to participate in the national InChallenge. The teams with the best proposals will be selected as finalist by an internationally acclaimed panel of judges and receive seed-funding to test and prove their solution to a well-defined local problem over a piloting phase. Teams will need to provide details of how the projects will be developed and why the teams are well suited to accomplish their projects. At the end of the competition cycle, the best finalist teams may be selected as winners, if sufficient progress has been made on their project. Each winning team will receive additional funding to further develop and scale their project. The award money is not meant for personal use of team members and must be used only for the project.
InChallenges specifically aim to:
Promote self-efficacy in youth
Foster role models whose innovation demonstrate the mindset of learning, constant growth, and social impact
Identify, incubate, and scale high impact ideas
Become thought leaders on implementation of social innovation
Foster the next generation of social entrepreneurs
Program Focus Areas.
Youth will engage in creative thinking workshops and problem solving workshops to learn design-thinking principles and conduct background research on problems they have themselves identified. Through these workshops, students also get a chance to draft a project proposal to enter the InChallenges competition and receive detailed feedback about their proposals.
Youth will develop pilot projects and prototyping to test their solutions to problems they understand. Based on feasibility, innovation, and social impact, finalists are selected and provided with mentorship and seed-funding to prove their concept over a piloting phase. Based on progress and potential for scale, additional funding is provided to winner team(s) to scale and further develop their prototypes and projects.
Youth will connect with other innovative secondary students as they work on diverse types of projects. Furthermore, the teams are put in touch with GMin’s global and local networks of mentors and professionals, who assist students to further develop their prototypes. Local companies and NGO’s working in similar fields also ensure ongoing support and cooperation to help them scale their projects on the ground.
The winning youths will work as ambassadors for our InChallenges, and demonstrate the enormous potential and high level of ingenuity that is in the youth. GMin assists with media coverage, stories and blogposts to help inspire other young minds in order to promote self-efficacy among youths.