Tigo and Reach for Change have announced the four winners of the 2016 Tigo Digital Changemakers competition. The winners of the competition are:
· Erick Joseph
· Julien Daniel Mitali
· Babu Emile
· Auxilia Ndamage. Each winner will receive Rwf 7.5 million. The four Tigo Digital Changemakers competition winners, chosen out of a field of 101 applicants, were selected following a rigorous vetting process that involved Tigo, its partner Reach for Change, and external experts. The (...)

Tigo and Reach for Change have announced the four winners of the 2016 Tigo Digital Changemakers competition. The winners of the competition are:

· Erick Joseph

· Julien Daniel Mitali

· Babu Emile

· Auxilia Ndamage.

Each winner will receive Rwf 7.5 million.

The four Tigo Digital Changemakers competition winners, chosen out of a field of 101 applicants, were selected following a rigorous vetting process that involved Tigo, its partner Reach for Change, and external experts.

The winners were announced during Seedstar Africa, a two-day regional summit that brought together the best entrepreneurs from across the continent in Kigali. The African entrepreneurs were joined by major continental players from both the private and public sector.

Following the announcement of the winners Corporate Responsability Manager Tigo Rwanda, Pierre Kayitana, said that Tigo was delighted to welcome the new Digital Changemakers.

“The selection of their companies by our judges illustrates their focus on digital innovation and financial inclusion. From a family wallet to a digitized value chain for farmers , an inclusive online marketplace and a digital platform to supplement the national curriculum, these inventions will improve the lives of many people throughout Rwanda”, Kayitana noted.

Reacting to the result of the competition, new Digital Chnagemenaker, Babu Emile of Isoko said,

“I feel excited to be among the winners of this competition. I believe that this is a vote of confidence in our platform. We shall use this prize to further develop our business. We are confident that our platform will provide a larger market place for the informal sector and therefore increase digital inclusion”, he said.

The fifth edition of the Tigo Digital Changemakers competition, launched in 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 Frw 7.5 million, each of the four 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.

Speaking at the launch of the 2016 Tigo Digital Changemakers competition on 19, October, Tigo Deputy General Manager, Chantal Umutoni Kagame said: “We recognize the potential that technology has to solve issues of development. We are looking for 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 Tigo Digital Changemakers competition winners

1. Family Wallet (Erick Joseph)

Erick Joseph has developed a digital application that helps informal workers save a portion of their earnings. It also tracks their income and expenses to help them build credit, access loans and create a better life for themselves and their families through access to financial services.

2. Mimschak Star Ltd (Julien Daniel Mitali)

Julien Daniel Mitali is working to help high school students assess their understanding academic subjects, prepare for and pass their school and national examinations through a digital platform that connects them to learning materials, career development and specialized teachers.

3. iSOKO (Babu Emile)

Emile Babu has developed a virtual marketplace that aims to enable the informal sector to sell the products and services online. Currently 64% of Rwanda’s economic output is unaccounted for due to informality. iSOKO aims to solve this problem by using mobile technology to formalize this sector and providing them with tools for financial inclusion and empowerment.

4. AfroVector (Auxilia Ndamage)

Auxilia Ndamage is working to include Rwanda’s farmers in the financial system by digitizing the agriculture value chain and providing farmers with the data they need to access to financial services like savings, loans and pensions so that they can provide their families with a better future.


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