We run innovation competitions in the seven countries where we operate to find and support social entrepreneurs. We have a database of over 15,000 applicants across these 7 countries, many of whom continue to work on and improve their innovations and enterprises. As part of the competitions many applicants receive feedback from local experts during pitch days and other events to help them improve their impact.
In 2015, we ran 9 innovation competitions in Senegal, Ghana, Chad, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania:
6 Tigo Digital Changemakers competitionsTigo Digital Changemakers competitions find strong social entrepreneurs who are using digital technology to improve society and the lives of children. Six separate competitions were run in Ghana, Tanzania, DRC, Chad, Rwanda and Senegal at various times during the year.
1 iImagine Ghana ChallengeiImagine Ghana was run in partnership with UNICEF and the EU and was open to social entrepreneurs all across Ghana. The competition selected and invested in 10 social and entrepreneurs with innovations addressingeducation, child protection, health and nutrition, youth participation, orwater, sanitation and hygiene - UNICEF's thematic areas.
1 Bayport Teacher Innovation CompetitionThe Bayport Teacher Innovation Competition selected 9 teacher innovators - teachers who were using an innovative methods to drive learning in STEM, Literacy and Numeracy for Elementary and Secondary Schools. The competition was make possible by funding from Bayport Financial Services.
1 Ethiopia Reach for Change ChallengeIn Ethiopia, Reach for Change launched a competition to find social entrepreneurs whose solutions improve the lives of children, youth and women. Selecting 20 entrepreneurs into an Accelerator Program. This competition was made possible by funding from the H&M Conscious Foundation and Kinnevik Investment A.B