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Innovators get 4m/- in grants from COSTECH

Innovators get 4m/- in grants from COSTECH

Given under the auspices of the Innovation Fund under the Commission for Science and Technology (COSTECH), the Acting Permanent Secretary (PS) in the Ministry of Communication, Science and Technology, Dr John Mngodo, said the supported projects would offer solutions to society’s challenges and create jobs for hundreds of graduates.

Speaking at the cheque handover ceremony to proprietors of the start-up companies, Dr Mngodo said entrepreneurs who are the embodiment of creativity and innovation, are national assets that are to be cultivated and motivated. He called on industry to support such innovations to support upcoming entrepreneurs.

He was impressed that the awardees have projects of a wider spectrum ranging from health, environment and processes. The grants were awarded from the TANZICT Innovation Fund which is administered jointly by TANZICT and COSTECH . TANZICT is a bilateral programme by the governments of Tanzania and Finland.

The Deputy Head of Mission of the Embassy of Finland, Mr Simo-Pekka Parviainen, said innovation produces ideas , an issue that is important in efforts to achieve Tanzania’s vision 2025.

The 18 innovators came out as overall winners to the latest calls for application. TANZICT makes several of these calls for application each year.

Grant applicants were required to propose entrepreneurial solutions to real-life problems faced by society and were judged on how best they meet criteria for business sustainability and value creation.

One of those who were awarded grants was Faraja Anderson, who has created an events planner software.

Speaking at the event, Mr Anderson said the software allows users to access information about events , easily locate event venues, make reservations/ booking, fund-raise for events, create and track event budget, book professional caterers, photographers , announce event news and track and manage attendance lists.

Others who were awarded were Modesta Joseph, a student who has made a software that enables colleagues to report acts of torture against them to the Surface and Marine Transport Regulatory Authority (SUMATRA); Abubakary Hashim (18m/-), Mgula Faustine, Khamis Peter, Ali Ismail Omar, Khamis Kalegera, Debora Tien and Katu Koshima, among others.

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Author: ORTON KIISHWEKO

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