Tigo Rwanda launches Digital Changemakers award

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On 19 October 2016 saa 04:36
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Tigo Rwanda, in partnership with non-profit organization Reach for Change, has launched the fifth edition of the annual ‘Tigo Digital Change makers Competition’.The competition aims at identifying and supporting four tech entrepreneurs who utilise digital technology to improve society and positively impact future generations.

After an extensive selection process involving both Tigo and external experts, the winning candidates will each receive a cash prize of Frw 7.5 million as well as access to Reach for Change’s Incubator programme, which includes business training, access to a global network of other social entrepreneurs and much more. The application period for the competition is now officially open and will close on 15, November, 2016.

Speaking at the Tuesday launch at K-lab, Tigo Deputy General Manager, Chantal Umutoni Kagame said: “We recognize the potential that technology has to solve issues of development. We are looking for a tech entrepreneurs who use digital tools and technology to better the lives of Rwandans in a meaningful way. At Tigo we are committed to providing the opportunity for these entrepreneurs to be recognized and supported”

The call for applications opens from 18 October-15 November, 2016. Entrepreneurs with initiatives that use digital tools and technology to create social impact are encouraged to apply. More information about the competition can be found by visiting www.tigo.co.rw/digitalchangemakers.

Pierre Kayitana, Head of Corporate Responsibility at Tigo, said: “For this edition, we have put particular emphasis on selecting already existing tech solutions that have moved beyond the prototype stage. This way we are assured that our support will immediately impact the beneficiaries.
I encourage all individuals who have identified a problem in society and have come up with an innovative solution to that problem to apply. “

The applicant must have a working product/project in place that aims to increase financial and/ or digital Inclusion, has social impact, is scalable, financially sustainable and system changing.

Applicants who need assistance with the application process are encouraged to visit The Changemakers Hub, located at the Tigo Headquarters in Muhima, between 8:00AM and 5:00PM from Monday to Friday.

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Tigo Deputy CEO, Chantal Kagame, officially launching the Tigo Digital Changemakers competition
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Tigo, Reach for Change group photo at the launch
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Dominique Alonga, one of past winners of Tigo Digital Changemakers competition