Leap² Innovation Challenges

Supporting innovative entrepreneurship

In the West we use apps for shopping, taxi, online banking and much more. Africa needs its own solutions, relevant to their needs and local settings. And who is more knowledgeable than the African entrepreneur?

Leap 2 is part of the new strategy of Close the Gap. This program supports young African entrepreneurs developing and scaling digital solutions for societal issues. Concretely, Close the Gap organises innovation challenges with GoodUp. 

 

The process

Per innovation challenge, 10 projects are selected and coached. The selected teams learn to test their ideas on the market through crowdfunding. They receive matching funding when they reach their crowdfunding goals. In addition, they learn how to pitch and expand their network with the help of experts, coaches and potential investors.

 

Example

Of the 600.000 motorbikes in Kenya, 12.000 are stolen every year. The finalist of the first innovation challenge (in Kenya Spring 2017), Btrack Global, helps resolve this issue by installing a tracking device into the motorcycle.

Check out Leap-2.com for more information.

 

Overview of the Leap² Innovation Challenges

 

The first innovation challenge

Kenya - June 2017

The LEAP² Innovation title went to Ebursary: An online platform incorporating smart tools and search capabilities to create a centralised platform serving both students and organisations. 

Other winners include: B-trackEMEDEN Farmer’s market link and EsVendo

The second innovation challenge

Kenya - January 2018: Fintech

The focus was on fintech.

7 of the 10 innovations reached their target amount. The winner of the pitch was TozzaPluss. The second winner was Marks RateThey obtained the highest crowdfunded amount.

The third innovation challenge

Uganda - Spring 2018: Women in Tech

This challenge focused on women tech entrepreneurs in Uganda.

8 out of 9 innovations reached their crowdfunding target.  The winner of the pitch was mSCAN (Mobile Scan Solutions Uganda Limited).