Google Announces Story Competition for African Innovators

Through the company's latest Africa-based initiative, winning participants will receive $25,000 and a Google mentor.

Posted: 09/03/2013 04:45 PM EDT

Search engine giant Google is on a search of its own, looking to Africa for transformative stories about the web.

The company recently launched its latest initiative, “Africa Connected: Success Stories Powered By the Web,” a competition calling on all entrepreneurs, creatives, innovators and Internet lovers to submit inspiring stories about their own ventures established online in Africa.

“Do you have a healthy disregard for the impossible?” read a statement from Google.

“Are you using the web and technology to do cool and extraordinary things? Whether you’re a photographer, an entrepreneur, a fashion designer or a community activist, this is an opportunity to share your story with the world.”   

The five most inspiring storytellers from a variety of categories, including education, small business and technology, will receive $25,000 each and a mentorship from a “Google champion.”

Submissions are open until Oct. 31, 2013.

Google writes:

Looking across the web in Africa, we’re already seeing awe-inspiring success stories like those of Just A Band, a music & arts collective from Kenya, or Chike, a businessman and his family from Nigeria, who are the creators of the popular Afrinolly mobile app, which already has over 3 million downloads.

Other inspiring examples include Naa, a young jewelry designer from Ghana; Noel, a citizen journalist from Togo; Mdu, a young South African animator; and Asurf, a self-taught filmmaker from Nigeria. All of these web heroes have used the web and Google tools to develop and scale their ideas. 

Read more about the competition here.

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(Photo: Courtesy of Google)

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