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Pwani Innovation Week

The Swahilipot Hub and 1000 Alternatives announce a long-term partnership and prize.

The Swahili Pot Hub and 1000 Alternatives are happy to announce a long-term strategic partnership towards spurring profit-driven innovations generating positive social impact. 

The MoU signed between the two organizations creates opportunities for collaboration in the identification, nurturing and investing in “lock-step” social enterprises that guarantee social impact by becoming commercially viable and sustainable. 

As a start, 1000 Alternatives will support a prize to be awarded during the Pwani Innovation Week (PIW), an annual event by the Swahilipot Hub and it’s partners that seeks to create awareness and support for innovations and social enterprises that work for the benefit of the costal counties of Kenya. 

PIW 2018 is scheduled to be from the 3rd to the 7th of December 2018 to be held at the Kenyan coastal city of Mombasa. The prize by the 1000 Alternatives is in return for equity for two winning social entrepreneurs among many to be identified through a call for proposals seeking scalable innovations in education and health. 

The request for proposal will be available on this page soon and qualifying social enterprises are invited to apply. The 2018 prize will be awarded to a winning social enterprise working in the areas of improving education or health in Kenya’s coastal counties and is open to applicants from or operating in the Republic of Kenya. 

This year’s prize will be awarded to social enterprises focused on improving the quality of student achievement across the coastal counties using cutting edge and innovative technology-driven pedagogy that can be replicated at scale. On health, the focus is on technology-driven solutions that provide or complement outpatient and inpatient medical services contributing to better and affordable services in maternal health, child health and chronic illnesses. 

Ideas sought are those that are early stage, have not received any equity investment yet, have the potential for replicable large scale impact and that can scale for profit.

In return for equity, 1000 Alternatives will provide access to its global advisors, a 4-month incubation programme with the support of EarlyBird, monetary investment and a host of other in-kind investment towards taking the social enterprise to profit and scale.

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