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Winners have emerged in the Google Impact Challenge Nigeria, a competition to find the most innovative not-for-profit Nigerian organisations using technology to solve societal problems. Twelve non-profits and social enterprises were each awarded a share of $2m in grant funding. The four winners – Project Enable Africa, HelpMum, The Cece Yara Foundation and Vetsark (Peoples Choice) – receive $250 000 each, while the eight runners-up will each receive $125 000. The funding will be allocated in tranches, to be assigned to each enterprise as they reach a set of predefined milestones specific to each venture. In addition to the funding, the winners and runners-up also receive support from Google to reach their goals and meet those milestones. Judging to narrow down the 12 finalists was conducted by a team of Googlers and Google partners with expertise in the sector. On the night, each entrant pitched their enterprise to a judging panel, which voted on the winners. The results of the public vote determined the people’s choice winner. Judges on the night included Rapper and CEO of Chocolate City Music Group, MI Abaga, Chairman and CEO of Channels Media Group, John Momoh, Philanthropist and Executive Director of Nigeria Network of NGOs, Oluseyi Oyebisi, Chairman and CEO of Zinox Technologies, Leo Stan Ekeh, Chief Executive Officer, Tony Elumelu Foundation, Parminder Vir OBE, Managing General Partner, EchoVC Partners Eghosa Omoigui, Ex Footballer and CEO of Kanu Heart Foundation, Kanu Nwankwo OON, Chairman and CEO of EbonyLife TV, Mo Abudu, Country Director, Google Nigeria, Juliet Ehimuan, and Renowned Artist and Photographer, TY Bello.

Meet the Nigerian winners:

HelpMum – Using mobile technology, HelpMum provides clean birth kits to ensure that pregnant women are given the best possible care during delivery, irrespective of where they live. Project Enable Africa – This digital inclusion project promotes the access of people with disabilities and their caregivers to ICT skills and opportunities. The Cece Yara Foundation – It established the first toll-free child helpline and child advocacy centre in Nigeria and aims to connect victims with professional services through the web, SMS, and mobile apps. Vetsark (Peoples Choice) – It is planning to launch Alpha Prime Disease Surveillance Technology to predict, prevent, and control pests and disease outbreaks in Nigeria to protect crops and livestock. Tweets  

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