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Microsoft launches East African initiative for entrepreneurs


MICROSOFT HAVE launched their first East African #Insider4Good fellowship programme, giving entrepreneurs from Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya the opportunity to showcase their solutions for social challenges in communities.

The #Insiders4Good Fellowship programme was launched in Nigeria in 2016 and has since expanded into East Africa, and have partnered with GrowthAfrica, a Kenyan-based company to help rollout the programme.

The #Insiders4Good East Africa Fellowship will be awarded to 25 entrepreneurs and the fellows will receive a Microsoft hardware and software, plus six months of tailored technical and strategic mentorship from local and international leaders.

In a statement from Microsoft, the company said: "We are looking for entrepreneurs like you; problem solvers who think deeply about the issues confronting their communities, visionaries who create solutions that could address these issues, and leaders that grow opportunities for their solutions to thrive in the market."

"Your work improves the lives of your fellow East Africans and has the potential to impact the world."

The tech-driven project rewards a six-month mentorship program to those selected, with a week-long bootcamp in Nairobi, Kenya. "We see East Africa as a key region where exciting new ideas are growing," Bambo Sofola, Microsoft's Director of Software Engineering, told Tech Arena.

"We look forward to deepening our relationships with these exceptional entrepreneurs across East Africa and to supporting their goals with this Fellowship.”

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