Tigo Rwanda will provide business mentorship to four African Startups at the telecom’s technology incubation centre, Think, in a bid to support and contribute to the creation of digital solutions for Africa.
The four startups were selected from a list of 150 applicants across Africa that was achieved after the incubation centre launched earlier in the year invited technology startups to apply. The win resulted to a funding of $15,000 for each of the firms to support their innovative solutions.
Rwanda’s TorQue, a startup that seeks to deliver channel management software for wholesale distributors in the beverage and telecom sectors is one of the selected four.
Others include Beliaa, an Egyptian startup which developed a mobile application featuring GPS to assist road users and Nigerian startup Cribpark which operates a platform for real estate matching, home design and connects homeowners to a variety of goods and services.
The fourth startup that received funding is Ghana’s PollAfrique, a research platform allowing respondents to participate in incentivised surveys through a number of online channels.
In addition to the funding received, the startups will have access to Tigo networks across Africa, and also get mentorship from technology and business leaders so as to acquire necessary skills on how to develop businesses.
Tongai Maramba, the General Manager Tigo Rwanda said the country has a good environment facilitated for by the government through a significant investment in the country’s ICT infrastructure.
The mentorship program will run for six months and is set to begin in the coming month at the incubation centre Think, whose objective is to support leading tech startups that demonstrate potential for a better Africa.