Dubbed as The Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund the Business Innovation Challenge will competitively select up to 5 initiatives. The Business Innovation Challenge is being launched under the UK’s new four-year Kenya Catalytic Jobs Fund, a KES 650 million (US$6.5 million) programme announced by British Prime Minister Theresa May, during her visit to Kenya last year.
The fund is targeting initiatives that are post proof of concept, innovative, scalable, sustainable and that have demonstrated substantial impact.
The innovation challenge seeks proposals from enterprises developing innovative solutions to create jobs, especially for Kenya’s youth, and is targeting initiatives that are innovative, scalable, sustainable and which can demonstrate substantial impact.
The challenge is also focused on three broad areas – agriculture and manufacturing, the informal sector, and people in marginalised groups and areas.
“More than 70 per cent of Kenyans are under the age of 30, and we know that job opportunities are a priority for them. This fund will harness the innovation and energy of Kenya’s entrepreneurs to spur job creation and support our mutual prosperity – and I am delighted that it will provide opportunities for marginalised groups, such as people with disabilities,” said Nic Hailey, the British High Commissioner.
The call for proposals for the Business Innovation Challenge, which is implemented by Mercy Corps, closes today at 11.59 EAT. You can get more details here.
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