Friday, 23 September 2016

Praekelt.org Incubator for Free Basics Congratulates its First Set of Live Sites

The Praekelt.org Incubator for Free Basics, a tool to support organisations and developers building for the Free Basics Platform, announces over half of the selected applicants and the first ten of its live sites.

Launched at AfricaCom in November 2015, the partnership between Praekelt.org and Facebook supports developers and social change organisations in their efforts to build accessible online services designed mostly by and for people living in the developing world. The Praekelt.org Incubator for Free Basics has received thousands of applications since the Programme was announced, and over 50 partners have been selected by an external independent international selection panel following a rigorous evaluation process.
Praekelt Foundation Founder and CEO, Gustav Praekelt and Ime Archibong, Facebook's Director of Strategic Partnerships
The organisations that have been accepted cover sectors including health, economic empowerment, youth, gender equity, agriculture, citizen engagement, and education, and are based in different regions of Africa and Asia. Many of these organizations do not have the technical background to take advantage of the Free Basics program. Through Praekelt.org's training, technical tools and support, many smaller as well as local organizations have successfully become part of the Free Basics Platform.

A few of the partners now live on Free Basics through the help of the Incubator include: She Inspires Her, HelpMeSee, SEED Madagascar, Edukayson, Da Subject Matter, African Trust Academy, WeFarm, doctHERs, Vahan.co, and We Dream Africa.

Applicants appreciated and saw value in the training and tool. "Being selected to participate in the Praekelt Incubator has been an incredible opportunity. We're a small social enterprise and have bootstrapped all our initiatives to date so it's been a huge boost to access the platform and receive highly responsive technical support to enable us to get our content into the hands of those who needs it most - entrepreneurial women with little to no internet access who need support in starting and growing businesses." shared Lisa O'Donoghue-Lindy, Founder of She Inspires Her.

The Praekelt.org Incubator for Free Basics is open to any organization dedicated to social change. Applications are still being accepted, and Praekelt.org is committed to launching 100 sites by the end of the year. Interested organisations can visit our site and apply here.

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