Thursday, December 1, 2016

Tigo Rwanda announces Tigo Digital Changemakers competition finalists

Tigo Rwanda is happy to announce the six finalists of the 2016 Tigo Digital Changemakers competition. The six Tigo Digital Changemakers competition finalists, chosen out of 101 applicants, were selected following a rigorous vetting process that involved Tigo, its partner Reach for Change, and external experts.

The four final winners of the competition will be announced on 9 December.

The fifth edition of the Tigo Digital Changemakers competition, launched in partnership with non-profit organization Reach for Change, aims at identifying and supporting four social entrepreneurs who utilise digital technology to improve society and positively impact future generations.

The four 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.

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 Six Tigo Digital Changemakers competition finalist

  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.

  1. Kepler Tech Lab (Alphonse Habyarimana)
Alphonse Habyarimana leads a science and engineer lab that empowers Rwandan youth to become the next generation of digital innovators. The lab will use digital tools and technologies like 3D printers and laser cutters to provide cutting edge technology for students to use.

  1. O'GENIUS PRIORITY LTD (Origene Igiraneza)
Origene Igiraneza runs an educational platform with a digital laboratory and video tutorials that provides students with interactive, self-teaching learning materials online or on smart phones. 

  1. 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.

  1. iSOKO (Babu Emile)
Emile Babu has developed a virtual marketplace to help low-income workers not only to earn more income, but also to lay the foundation for them to build credit so that they can access small loans to help their families and send their children to school. 

  1. 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.

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 60 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 customers in Africa.

Currently, Tigo Rwanda has over three million customers and has invested over US $310 million from 2009 to date.  Tigo Rwanda provides 4G LTE on mobile for both prepaid and post-paid customers.  Tigo Rwanda was awarded as the ‘Most Innovative Service’ at Africa Com 2014, for international mobile money transfers with integrated currency conversion between Tigo Rwanda and Tigo Tanzania.