Startup 3.0s: Transform Africa 2013

 

October 28 – 31, 2013

 

 

African Countries

Young Entrepreneurs

High-Potential Tech Startups

Innovation Grants (USD)

Program Highlight

Keynote Dialogue with President Kagame

President Paul Kagame of Rwanda

As H.E. Mr. Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, and Dr. Armen Orujyan, Founder and Chairman of Athgo International entered, the room exploded in applause. Almost immediately, the two ventured into honoring five African entrepreneurial companies for developing socially transforming IT solutions. Rwanda’s start-up, HeHe Ltd, led by CEO Clarisse Iribagiza, was recognized as the best, and received an Innovation Grant of $7,500US. HeHe Ltd was founded in 2010 as a mobile technologies company with a vision to help transform Rwanda and Africa into an information society by increasing access to vital information.

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Winners

First Prize: Hehe - $7500

Second Prize: Mobicraft Solutions - $5000

Third Prize: Fishmate - $3500

Fourth Prize: Powerbox - $2000

Fifth Prize: mNotify - $2000

Program Summary

by Aniela Kuzon, Iva Iordanova, and Loukman Lamany

Athgo’s Startup 3.0 program (S3.0) in Kigali, Republic of Rwanda proved to be a major success. A talented group of high-potential young entrepreneurs from 10 African countries was selected to work collaboratively in perfecting, vetting, and validating their socially responsible and high-growth tech-startup businesses and concepts. Many high profile speakers, panelists, and industry experts were also at hand to assist the young entrepreneurs from Central African Republic, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Rwanda (the host nation), Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia in laying down the foundation that will help advance their startups from early stage with no or minimum profit to sustainability and soaring profitability.

Over the course of three days, the young entrepreneurs in collaboration with the expert speakers and panelists worked tirelessly to apply Athgo’s individualized entrepreneurship prescription found in its proprietary Four Pillars to Success knowledge framework. Athgo’s own Mr. Joe Barnes, the program’s Emcee, smoothly handled the blend and the transitions between engaging, yet rigorous sessions.

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Keynote Speakers and Distinguished Guests

H.E. Mr. Paul Kagame

H.E. Mr. Paul Kagame

President, Republic of Rwanda

Dr. Tim Riesen

Dr. Tim Riesen

Managing Principal, Madison Springfield, Inc.

H.E. Dr. Hamadoun Touré

H.E. Dr. Hamadoun Touré

Secretary-General, ITU

Mr. Joseph Barnes

Mr. Joseph Barnes

CEO, Barnes and Barnes, LLC

Dr. Armen Orujyan

Dr. Armen Orujyan

Chairman and Founder, Athgo International

H.E. Mr. Jean Philbert Nsengimana

H.E. Mr. Jean Philbert Nsengimana

Minister, Youth and ICT of Rwanda

 

In Press

 

Young African ICT entrepreneurs honoured in Kigali

President Paul Kagame was the guest of honour at the Awards ceremony during which he interacted with more than 500 young ICT enthusiasts drawn from around the continent. Firms from Rwanda, Kenya (two), Ghana and South Africa were awarded, courtesy of Athgo International, a firm dedicated to empowering the youth in the ICT field around the world.

Rwanda’s start-up, Hehe Ltd, developed by Clarisse Iribagiza, emerged the best, and received US$7500 (Rwf4.8 million) cash prize. “Hehe Ltd was founded in 2010 as a mobile technologies company with a vision to help transform Rwanda and Africa into an information society by increasing access to vital information,” Amiri Mugarura, the chief technology officer, Hehe Ltd, said.

Rwanda: Young African ICT Entrepreneurs Honoured in Kigali

Five young African entrepreneurs were yesterday honoured with the Transform Africa Awards for developing socially transforming IT solutions. President Paul Kagame was the guest of honour at the Awards ceremony during which he interacted with more than 500 young ICT enthusiasts drawn from around the continent.

Firms from Rwanda, Kenya (two), Ghana and South Africa were awarded, courtesy of Athgo International, a firm dedicated to empowering the youth in the ICT field around the world. Rwanda’s start-up, Hehe Ltd, developed by Clarisse Iribagiza, emerged the best, and received US$7500 (Rwf4.8 million) cash prize.

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