The winners of the competition are Origene Igiraneza, Alain Patrick Irere Hirwa and Bobson Rugambwa. Each winner will receive Rwf8.2 million.
The three Tigo Digital Changemakers competition winners, chosen out of a field of 130 applicants, were selected following a rigorous vetting process that involved Tigo, its partner Reach for Change, and external experts.
The three winners were announced during the closing ceremony of the 2017 Tigo Digital Changemakers competition on Tuesday in Kigali.
Reacting to the result of the competition, new Digital Changemaker, Bobson Rugambwa of MVend said, “I am excited to have made it this far and won the competition. This gives us the opportunity to do more. We will be using the money to fund a recruitment drive to take our product to more people. Thank you Tigo. Thank you Reach for Change,”
In her remarks Africa Communications Manager, Reach for Change, Tadzie Madzima-Bosha, noted “In this year’s competition, we were looking for three social entrepreneurs with extraordinary projects that use digital tools and technology to create or grow their impact. We are excited about these new Changemakers and we look forward to working with them to closely see them achieve more social impact and growth in their organizations by combining their passion, with technology and advice from Tigo and coaching from the Reach for Change Incubator,”
Detailing the reason why Tigo Rwanda continues to support the Changemakers competition, Tigo Rwanda Chief Executive Officer, Philip Amoateng said; “Through its investment in the Competition, Tigo is actively supporting local ICT solutions that improve the communities’ welfare, while also creating job opportunities and skills transfer. This is important for Tigo because we are part and parcel of the Rwandan community and there is clear evidence that supporting digital and financial inclusion initiatives, such as this competition, will improve people’s lives”.
In her keynote address, the Director General, Innovation and Business Development, Ministry of Information Technology and Communications, Claudette Irere said, “Rwanda’s digital transformation is a journey and this initiative fits very well in that journey. To Tigo and Reach for Change, thank you for your contribution towards making Rwanda a better and more conducive space for innovators. You walk the talk. Thank you very much. We have a lot to achieve together. Connectivity for all by 2024, Digital Skills for All by 2024, you name it. We are glad we can cunt on you as partners in this journey,”
The sixth edition of the Tigo Digital Changemakers competition, launched on 14th October in partnership with non-profit organization Reach for Change, aimed at identifying and supporting four social entrepreneurs who utilized digital technology to improve society and positively impact future generations.
In addition to a cash prize of Rwf8.2 million, each of the three winning candidates enjoy access to Reach for Change’s Incubator programme, which includes business training, access to a global network of other social entrepreneurs and much more.