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Innovation Competitions

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.



Since 2012, we have run 13 innovation competitions in Senegal, Ghana, Chad, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania:

6 Tigo Digital Changemakers competitions

Tigo 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 each year.

1 iImagine Ghana Challenge with UNICEF and the EU

iImagine 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, or
water, sanitation and hygiene - UNICEF's thematic areas.

1 Bayport Teacher Innovation Competition 

The 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 Challenge with H&M Conscious and Kinnevik Investment A.B.

In 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.

1 Big Ideas for Children Challenge with IKEA Foundation

Run in partnership with the IKEA Foundation, the Big Ideas for Children Challenge selected 20 promising social entrepreneurs in Ethiopia with ideas to improve children’s lives in Addis Ababa. The ideas focused on one or more of the following areas: early childhood development, pre- and/or primary education and child protection.

1 Social Innovators Challenge with KAVLI Trust, the British Council and the EU


Run in partnership with the Kavli Trust, British Council and European Union, the Digital Social Innovators Challenge selected 25 promising digital social entrepreneurs in Ethiopia with ideas to improve the lives of children, youth and women in Addis Ababa. The successful winners for this competition had innovative digital ideas that offer fresh new ways to solve challenges for children, youth and women in Ethiopia.


2 Game Changers Challenges with the MTG Group


We set out together with the international entertainment group MTG to jointly boost social entrepreneurship for children in Tanzania with TV1 Tanzania and in Ghana with Viasat1. To leverage the unique strengths of MTG, a customized concept was designed – the Game Changers initiative.  As part of the concept, Reach for Change found high-potential social entrepreneurs dedicated to improving children’s lives in each country. Using the media platforms of the local MTG companies, the social entrepreneurs and their stories were then presented to the public, who were invited to engage by voting for their favorite. Based on the voting, a winner – a Game Changer – in each country was selected to receive financial support and a place in the Reach for Change Incubator.


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