Google Impact Challenge participants from Kenya, Nigeria, and South Africa beat out more than 5,000 innovators with ideas to grow economic opportunity in their countries.

A total of 12 competitors were selected as winners by Google Impact judges from 36 semi-finalists.

Winners will receive a $250,000 grant from Google.org, while finalists will receive a $125,000 grant – totaling $6M in new grant funding across the continent, Google said in a statement.

“We’re inspired by the passion and vision of all of our finalists – and the real work is just beginning. We are excited to partner with these organizations as they dig into new and innovative projects to make our communities even better,” said Adepoju Abiodun – product marketing manager, Grow with Google.

Previously, Adepoju served as project manager for Google’s Digital Skills For Africa in Nigeria.

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