Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Tigo Rwanda extends applications deadline for ‘Digital Changemakers’ Competition

Tigo Rwanda in partnership with nonprofit organization, Reach for Change, has announced a one week extension for its ‘Digital Changemakers’ competition.

Originally closing on 21 August 2015, Rwandans can continue to submit their applications until 29 August 2015.
The Tigo Digital Changemakers competition is aimed at encouraging social entrepreneurs to use technology to solve some of Rwanda’s most pressing social needs. For the prize money of Rwf 14 Million, two winners will be selected and also given expert guidance to implement their projects.
According to Tigo, the public response has been encouraging, and extending the deadline has become necessary as several people are still going through the various stages of the application at www.tigo.co.rw/digitalchangemakers. 
This is the second year that Tigo Rwanda is running the Digital Changemakers competition, the first of its kind ran last year where 2 winners were selected namely Dominique Alonga of Imagine We Rwanda, an organization that encourages a reading culture among children and Yves Iradukunda of Academic Bridge, a program that empowers schools to efficiently collect and manage students information. Other past winners to the Tigo and Reach for Change competitions are Jacques Kayisire of the Dream Team Football Academy, Gaspard Twagirayezu of CreationHill and Martine Umulisa of Kaami Arts. Both Tigo and Reach for Change, hope to receive quality applications that will demonstrate how mobile broadband, digital and/or information technology can improve the quality of children’s lives and impact communities in a big way.
Applicants who need support with the application process are invited and encouraged to visit The Changemakers Hub, located the Tigo Headquarters in Muhima, between 8:00AM and 5:00PM during week days, to get support with completing and submitting their applications.

About Tigo Rwanda
Tigo Rwanda is owned by Millicom, a leading telecommunications and media company uniquely dedicated to emerging markets in Latin America and Africa. It provides mobile, mobile financial, cable and satellite services to over 56 million customers in fourteen countries, primarily under the Tigo brand. Tigo has been operating in Africa since 1993, in Rwanda since 2009, and serves over 26 million African customers.

Fact Box
·         Tigo has over 2.6 million customers in Rwanda
·         Tigo Rwanda has invested over US $310 million in the country till date.
·         Tigo has also announced a further US $80 million investment over the next five years in Rwanda.
·         Recently, the company launched Tigo Sugira, Rwanda’s first mobile-based savings product.
·         Other highlights include an investment of US $1 million in Think, Africa’s Rwanda-based technology incubator and the ‘Most Innovative Service Award’ at Africa Com 2014 for international mobile money transfers with integrated currency conversion between Tigo Rwanda and Tigo Tanzania

Reach for Change is a Swedish non-profit organization founded by the Kinnevik Group of companies to improve the lives of children and youth. Reach for Change invests in social entrepreneurs who have a strong desire to promote children’s rights, an innovative idea to change the world for children, and the passion and the drive to create this change. They are given salary funding and coaching in an Incubator program, and are matched with advisors and experts from a network of companies within the Kinnevik Group.