Apply to the Spring 2021 Give Work Challenge

We are accepting applications for the Spring 2021 Give Work Challenge for existing businesses.



Get funding to grow your business

The Give Work Challenge is a social business plan competition for Samasource workers and alumni in East Africa.


The program identifies the best business ventures to receive funding and mentorship by Samasource staff, donors, and board members.


Work with experienced mentors

Each team is paired with an expert mentor for 3-months leading up to pitch day. During this period, mentors challenge teams to improve their business models and create a foundation for long-term success.



  • The GWC Spring edition is open to SamaDC Nairobi, SamaDC Gulu and SamaDC Kampala

  • The Spring edition is for EXISTING BUSINESSES ONLY that are in stage 1 and stage 2 of the Business Lifecycle

  • While we do not have a limiting theme this year All business plans submitted MUST have  one or more green business practices at their core, in addition to meeting criteria for providing living wages and spreading employment throughout the region.

  • Participants will enter the challenge as teams. Each team must have a minimum of 2 members. The Core members of the team must be a Samasource employee.

  • Participants must have worked on Samasource projects for at least 9 months 

  • Participants MUST have maintained consistency in meeting performance targets 

  • Applicants must create an account with YCombinator startup school and must have completed at least 1 module at the time of application.

  • Submit a complete Lean Canvas to the vetting panel on/before the announced deadline.

For more information download the Spring Info Packet.