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Call for Applications for Innovators across the…

Call for Applications for Innovators across the…

Deadline: 15-Aug-22

Innovate Now is looking to support startups offering persons with disabilities in Africa access to digital assistive technology solutions or that leverage digital platforms to help persons with disabilities access assistive technology for education, healthcare, livelihood and other sectors.

Theme: Digital Assistive Technology (AT)

Who are they looking for?
  • Innovation-driven startups who are improving access to assistive technology through digital means or offering digital assistive technology solutions across education, healthcare, livelihoods and other sectors.
  • Innovative, execution focused-agile problem solvers
  • Authentic mission-driven founder(s)
  • Teams with a culture of empathy, continuous learning and problem solving
  • Structured and efficient teams (defined ownership, commitment, roles and accountability) and organisation (systems, processes and resources)?
What will you get?
  • Access to Kenya-based and global mentors and subject matter experts in assistive technology and entrepreneurship.
  • Access to their growing network of Live Labs-A unique concept that allows you to test, get feedback and validate directly with persons with disabilities across East Africa.
  • Access to their investor network and investor readiness programs and their funding ecosystem e.g. AT Impact Fund, innovation advisory and investment and Norwegian community of practice.
  • Technical Assistance: tangible, direct support relating to what’s needed for your startup to succeed: legal, marketing, fundraising, experimental design, pitching and investor readiness.
  • Access to their global inclusive innovation ecosystem and partner network across organisations of persons with disabilities, universities, funders, Assistive Technology experts, disability experts, inclusive design experts, corporations and NGOs.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Geography: East Africa
  • Stage: Ventures past proof-of-concept with minimum viable product and some initial users
  • Sector: Digitally enabled Assistive Technology products and services
  • Type: Both for-profit and non-profit social enterprises can apply.
  • Inclusive Participation: entrepreneurs with disabilities and women highly encouraged to apply.
  • Age: Applicants must be of legal working age in Kenya (18 years) or guaranteed by a guardian of legal working age. They must have all the legal rights to work in Kenya.
Terms and Conditions
  • Application
    • Applicants will be subject to the Innovate Now Selection process by a panel of expert judges.
    • By applying, participants agree to be bound by the decision and rules of the programme.
    • All applications must be submitted through the official registration form on the Innovate Now website.
    • All applications must be submitted by the deadline.
    • Incomplete applications will not be accepted.
    • All applications must be submitted in English.

For more information, visit https://atinnovatenow.com/cohort-5/

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