We know our Insiders are a group of talented individuals with passion and energy to make the world a better place. Insiders4Good initiative is intended to empower each of you to direct your passion on things that are valuable to diverse communities. Building an enterprise that creates employment AND effects social good, hosting events to teach people computer science or other critical skills, making art that positively changes people’s lives – all of this is made possible under Insiders4Good.
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The #Insiders4Good East Africa Fellowship is part of our global #Insiders4Good program, which organizes networks of Windows Insiders and supports their work tackling important social and economic issues in their local communities. With the #Insiders4Good East Africa Fellowship, we are establishing a fellowship of up to 25 East African entrepreneurs who are developing products and services that have the strong potential to improve the lives of their fellow East Africans.
We are open to just about any product or service that can effectively address an important social or economic issue confronting East African communities. For example, important issues include sanitation, education, clean water, health, energy, homelessness, public safety, , and much more. If you can make a compelling case for how your product or service can help people overcome an important social or economic challenge, we want to hear from you.
Yes, we welcome your participation. The Fellowship program is designed to help early-stage entrepreneurs not only launch their ideas, but also to help them solve market challenges (such as market penetration or expansion), improve service models, or test an improved product prototype.
Yes. There are no fees to participate, and all you need to do is submit your online application before the deadline on March 31, 2017 at 11.59 EAT.
Yes. The Fellowship is open to all businesses and/or business ideas that are seeking to create lasting solutions to problems that face communities in East Africa. It is not a requirement that applicants build a technology-centric business or idea.
No, there is no direct monetary award for those selected to be part of the Fellowship Program. However, to help take their product or service to the next level, the program will award Fellows with Microsoft hardware and software, including Windows 10, Office 365 and Azure credits, and more. Fellows will also receive six months of technical and strategic mentorship from Microsoft staff and local and international experts. The Fellowship will be kicked off by a one-week long “bootcamp” in Nairobi, with travel expenses provided by Microsoft. There, Fellows will work together with Microsoft staff to share ideas and develop their plans for achieving their goals over the following six months, a hackathon will also take place to help refine or build prototypes. Throughout the Fellowship, we will learn more about the specific needs of the Fellows and their solutions in order to tailor a program of support that will most benefit them.
We are awarding up to 25 Fellowships based on a single round of review of online applications and personal interviews. The selection panel will be composed of Microsoft-selected local and global experts. For more information about the selection criteria, visit the question below, “How do you judge applications for Fellowships?” Fellows will be announced on May 15, 2017.
To be eligible to apply for an #Insiders4Good East Africa Fellowship, you must be a legal resident of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, or Uganda, (age 18 or over) and registered in the Windows Insider Program. Government employees, employees of Microsoft Corporation, employees of Microsoft subsidiaries, and their immediate family members are not eligible. Products and services that have previously won awards from competitions are not eligible. Other eligibility conditions apply. See the #Insiders4Good Fellowship’s complete Program Terms for details.
If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can complete an application online here. Here are the program’s important dates:
A panel of Microsoft-selected local and global experts will select up to 25 #Insiders4Good Fellows based on the following criteria:
We will contact all applicants, either via the email address or phone number on your application, by May 15, 2017.
Yes. If selected as an #Insiders4Good Fellow, you’ll need to:
The intent of the week-long training and six-month mentorship is to work together and exchange feedback with the other Fellows and Microsoft staff as you prepare your product or service for market or scaling up. After the end of the Fellowship mentorship period, we will reach out to our Fellows periodically to learn about their progress. We are invested in the success of our Fellows and seek to tailor their experience of the program to their needs.
Additionally, by accepting a Fellowship, you agree to abide by the full rules outlined in the #Insiders4Good Fellowship Program Terms.
The hardware and software are yours to keep. Inclusive of a 1 week bootcamp in June, your mentorship will last for 6 months, ending on December 4, 2017. After this period, we encourage you to stay connected with us through the Windows Insider Program and #Insiders4Good events and programs.
No, but our mentors have extensive experience to provide guidance as you engage in these efforts and move through the stages of bringing your product or service to market.
You can apply as an individual, having a formal entity is optional.
We recommend that the founder or CEO be involved in the application process and is the one selected as the Fellow to receive the award and benefits.
Your social impact product or service should and must have end users, how they “purchase” or obtain your product or service can be a part of your unique business model.
Please answer all application questions as thoroughly as possible. The application must be completed in full, as all responses are needed to help us understand the viability of your business idea and your strength as an entrepreneur. While the application should make clear how your product or service functions, it’s equally important to clearly articulate how you are thinking about the problem your idea is designed to solve, your target market, and your vision for growth.
If you are not selected to be part of the program, we encourage you to stay connected to the Windows Insider community, a global community of people using technology to make a lasting impact on the world. We have ongoing series of opportunities that could benefit our Insider community.