Rwanda Honours Ghana’s mNotify and Four Other Startups
In total, 25 startups across the African continent were invited
Rwanda is mostly known for the 1994 Rwandan Genocide that claimed about 20% of the then 7 million populations. Fast forward to today and Rwanda is ranked 3rd in the Index of Economic Freedom out of 46 Sub-Saharan African countries. Rwanda is setting an example to other African countries by pointing out entrepreneurship and innovation as a solution to most of Africa’s problems.
Transform Africa Continental Awards saw about 500 ICT entrepreneurs gather in Kigali to showcase 20 unique and enterprising startups that developed solutions to societal problems using ICT. Ghana’s KNUST based mNotify, was invited by Mr. Alex Ntale, the Director of Rwanda’s ICT Department to participate. A huge one indeed given that the Rwandan President, His Excellency Paul Kagame, was the guest of honour.
These youthful entrepreneurs shared ideas and worked together to learn how business is run in neighbouring African countries ultimately leading to presentations of startups for awards. The awards were presented by Athgo International, a firm dedicated to empowering the youth in the ICT field around the world and the government of Rwanda.
ed for the event. Out of these, there were five award winners. Rwanda’s Hehe Ltd., Kenya’s Mobicraft Solutions and Fishmate Ltd., South Africa’s Powerbox and Ghana’s mNotify Ltd. These startups received cash prizes of $7, 500, $5, 000, $3, 000, $2,000 and $2, 000 respectively.
The event moderator (also founder and chairman of Athgo International), Armen Orujyan had a lot of advice and motivation for the youth assembled at the Hotel des Mille Collines. Together with the words of President Paul Kagame, startups like mNotify will definitely continue in their quest to develop innovations that will provide solutions to societal problems.
mNotify is very grateful and humbled to have taken part and been an award winner at The Transform Africa 2013 Summit. Occasions like these demonstrate the fact that there is indeed an ICT revolution sweeping across the African continent.