The current coronavirus pandemic has affected many economies around the world. Given its heightened vulnerability, Sudan will be no exception to this. In our efforts as 249Startups to always be part of identifying solutions and in line with the instructions regarding social distancing as prescribed by the Ministry of Health, we plan to organize the COVirtual hackathon. This hackathon is to provide tailor-made solutions to the challenges caused by the unfolding pandemic.
The first track of the hackathon will bring together experts of different fields, entrepreneurs and others with the aim of finding solutions to the challenges facing micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSME) during this pandemic. As they are the most unguarded segment of the Sudanese economy, their survival and maintenance of operations during this crisis becomes concerning. This pandemic is bound to challenge MSMEs in every direction and would result in immense employability risks.
Teams that have ready and validated MVPs. These teams will carry forward to the next phase which is the implementation phase.
We will also provide support for the implementation of the solutions. This support will be delivered in two ways: a) Support for the implementation of the solutions themselves, b) Support for the MSMEs for which these solutions are targeting.