Tigo Rwanda, in partnership with non-profit organization Reach for Change, has launched the 4th edition of the Tigo Digital Changemakers Award. The competition aims at identifying and supporting social entrepreneurs with digital tools and technology to improve communities and future generations.
Two winning ideas will receive a cash prize of up to Rwf 14 Million each and access to a Reach for Change incubator, business training and a global network of other social entrepreneurs. The application period for the competition is now officially open and applications will be received until the 21st August 2015.
Speaking about the launch of the competition this year, Tigo General Manager, Mr. Tongai Maramba said, ?In recent years, this Program has changed the way business is done by working closely with a nonprofit organization to impact communities and the lives of children and has revolutionized the way issues of development are perceived. Last year, our competition began to focus on digital solutions that can improve society. As a digital lifestyle brand we encourage technology driven ideas that bring sustainable change. It is therefore with great honor that we will once again create an opportunity for such ideas to be recognized, supported and transformed to maximize social impact?.
This is the fourth year that Tigo and Reach for Change are running a competition in search for social entrepreneurs. Last year over 170 highly gifted and motivated people across Rwanda applied and two winners were selected, Mr Yves Iradukunda who runs an organization called Academic Bridge that empowers schools to efficiently collect and manage students information and Dominique Uwase Alonga who runs Read-a-thon (K-Rat) events which rewards best readers among children
Since 2012, 5 changemakers have been supported by the program and have impacted the lives of over 46,000 Rwanda children. In addition to Yves and Dominique who were selected last year, the portfolio of social entrepreneurs is made up of Gaspard Twagirayezu of CreationHill, Jacques Kayisire of Dream Team Football Academy and Martine Umulisa of Kaami Arts. This portfolio of changemakers is creating impressive impact. Gaspard, for example, runs technology fairs in secondary schools through his organisation Creation Hill and has managed to reach over 2,000 students in 2014 through Tech events throughout Rwanda.
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.