Leap²: Final event of the Swahili-tech Women Innovation Challenge in Mombasa, Kenya

Posted on Jun 17, 2019 7:09 AM by

On Saturday 15th June, the final event of the fourth Leap² Innovation Challenge took place in Mombasa, Kenya. This final event was centered on the closure of the crowdfunding campaigns and on the pitches of the participants.

We are proud to announce that 5 of the 9 innovations reached their target amount. These 5 innovations will receive matching funding from Close the Gap in order for them to further develop their innovative ideas.

This Leap² Innovation Challenge focused on either female entrepreneurs whose business is changing the digital field in the Mombasa region or businesses focussed on changing the lives of women. 

During this final event, a pitch competition was organized. In these pitches, the innovations tried to convince a jury of their ideas and business concepts. Close the Gap's Strategic Partnerships Director Didier Appels was part of the jury that evaluated the different innovations and their pitches.

The winner of the pitch was Pwani Tekhnogalz. They provide mentorship to young girls in high school in Mombasa. They have web design classes where the girls pay a fee of Sh.1500 per month. So far they have been able to reach up to 100 girls. 

The award for Best Campaign went to Okoa Jamii, an online platform that allows people to anonymously report issues of gender based violence. The system has an algorithm that determines the regions that are mostly affected by gender based violence.

The third prize, the People's Choice Award, went to Walccs. This platform regulates the flow of water from the central tank to the supply tank, how it’s being used and the period the water has been off. This will help solve the problem of water loss due to leakage.

For more general information about Leap², click here or visit the Leap² website.