The Kenya ICT Board has released the names of 150 shortlisted candidates for the second round of Tandaa Digital Content Grant selected from 700 proposals submitted for consideration.
Following their selection, the shortlisted candidates are eligible to attend an optional free business plan training at Strathmore University in November after which finalists will then be announced in December 2011.
The shortlisted candidates submitted proposals in various categories including government data services; private sector applications; and matching grant with maximum grants for companies being capped at US $ 50,000 while individual projects can receive funds of up to US $ 10,000.
The Tandaa Local Digital Content Grant aims to support ICT projects in Kenya through provision of seed funding for companies entering new media and ICT, with particular emphasis on products and services developed for the Internet and mobile phone.
The grant is in recognition of the fact that over 25 per cent of Kenyans currently have access to the internet, with the majority being connected via their mobile devices. This has therefore informed the ICT Board’s decision to invite and fund those with innovative ideas to develop services and products to reach Kenyans through new media.