Local entrepreneur named semi-finalist in global tech competition

(Photo: Education Apps For All for Xprize)

LYNCHBURG, Va. (WSET) -- A local entrepreneur has made it to the semi-finals in a global tech competition, called the $15 million Global Learning XPrize.

Lynchburg resident Isabelle Duston is one of 11 contestants in the running.

Duston created a global educational app called MoToLi - Mother Tongue Literacy.

It will provide educational opportunities to underprivileged people worldwide.

She says it's the result of seven years of hard work and team work.

"When they first started to have smart phones in Africa, that's when I saw that we could use the expansion of technology in developing nations and associate it with what we know here and really have a great impact," Duston said.

Duston is French and moved here 11 years ago.

The XPrize will announce five finalist teams this fall, and each team wins $1 million.

The winning team will get $10 million next April.

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