A young Rwandan entrepreneur won 50.000$ on a TV showBlaise Linaniye | Category: News
The first of April 2012 in Kigali, a young student and CEO of a small business , named Clarisse Iribagiza won the first price of a televised competition. The show was initiated with the goal to find and support the most promising young entrepreneurs of the region.
Inspire Africa, a Human Capital organisation promoting entrepreneurship among young Africans, had, in January 2012, launched a television show in which the protagonists had to compete against each other in order to prove of their abilities as entrepreneurs. With this intention in mind, those responsible of the show, chose 23 young CEO s from the counties Rwanda, Uganda, Kenya and Tanzania for the competition. C. Iribagiza, from Rwanda, CEO of a small business creating applications for mobile devices, achieved to convince the jury during fourteen episodes and was invited to take part in the final show along with two other competitors. She excelled also in the final test and won the first price endowed with 50000$.
Afterwards she declared that she would like to invest the price money into her business. In fact she and her team would like to expand and offer their services in the whole region of East Africa.
Although they did not win the competition, other participants of the competition received large sums of money from the main sponsors of the show. For example Davis Musinguzi received 50000$ from Warid Telecom for his medical support service, reachable 24 hours a day by phone. Manuella Pacutho for her part went home with 15000$ after impressing the representatives of Power Group.
At the end of the event Graham Power, founder of the Power Group company gave a speech. He reminded the African youth of their responsibilities towards their continent. Finally he gave some business advices to young entrepreneurs, based on his experience made in the African business world.
Original article published in French on the 10th of April.