Tigo Rwanda launches Digital Changemakers Competition 2017

On 14 October 2017 at 10:53

Tigo Rwanda, in partnership with non-profit organization Reach for Change, has Friday launched its annual competition, the Tigo Digital Changemakers Award.

The competition aims at identifying and supporting social entrepreneurs with digital tools and technology to improve communities and impact future generations. Tigo Rwanda is looking for innovations that focus on broadening financial inclusion and digital inclusion.

After an extensive selection process that involves both Tigo, Reach for Change and external experts, three winning initiatives will each receive a financial award and support to grow their organization in the Reach for Change Incubator program.

In addition to the cash prize of Frw 8,2 million each, the selected ideas will receive tools to support their social enterprises and develop as leaders and access to a global network of existing social entrepreneurs. The application period for the competition is now officially open and applications will be received until November 17, 2017.

“Together with our partner Reach for Change we have supported 12 social entrepreneurs in the Reach for Change Incubator, who have impacted the lives of over 66,000 children in Rwanda. These social entrepreneurs have made use of funding, coaching, mentorship and more to create impressive impact in Rwanda. We are also excited to bring even more young innovators to the fore with this competition” said Tigo Chief Business Officer, Amit Chawla at the launch event at KLab

“We are looking for the best innovative digital ideas that can provide genuine solutions to problems facing children and society, while at the same time promoting connectivity, financial inclusion, and digital inclusion particularly in deprived communities. We believe social entrepreneurship has the power to drive change in our communities,” said Lindy Larson, Reach for Change Africa Programs Manager.

Applications are open from the 13th of October to the 17th of November. Individuals with initiatives that use digital tools and technology to create impact are encouraged to apply. More information about the competition can be found on the site below;

Apply to the 2017 Tigo Digital Changemakers Competition!

To stand a chance to win the competition, the applicants must have a working prototype in place that fits into financial Inclusion or digital Inclusion; have potential for a great social impact, be scalable, financially sustainable, and system changing.

Tigo Chief Business Officer, Amit Chawla, made the keynote address.
2016 Tigo Digital Changemakers competition winner, Erick Joseph, explains his project
Reach for changes, Aneth Batamuliza explaining how to enter the 2017 Tigo digital changemakers competition
Local media joined other participants during the launch