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Alumni of PIVOT and mLab training set the pace at Transform Africa

An alumni of PIVOT 25 this week emerged winner at this year’s Transform Africa summit held in Rwanda. Hehe Limited, headed by Clarisse Iribagiza, received US $7,500 (Rwf4.8 million) cash prize. The company was one of 25 finalists of PIVOT 25  held in 2011. PIVOT 25 was the first edition of the m:lab’s regional mobile startups competition and conference which is currently named PIVOT EAST. Alumni of the m:lab’s mobile entrepreneurship training program also continued to excel with two of its past trainees taking the second and third position respectively.

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George Mwangi and Mukeli Mati on each side of Rwanda’s President Kagame – Photo Courtesy of New Times

On second position was George Mwangi’s Mobicraft Solutions winning US $5,000 cash prize. George Mwangi was in the m:lab’s  fifth wave, a four month infoDev funded mobile applications development and entrepreneurship training course early 2013. Mobicraft Solutions winning product is a faith based SMS product.
Mukeli Matei with Fishmate, a service that links Kenyan fish farmers with their markets was placed third. Mukeli was one of the beneficiaries of the m:lab’s first wave of mobile apps and entrepreneurship training in 2011. Fishmate gets US $3,000 ahead of other ICT entrepreneurs from across Africa.

Other winners were South Africa’s Powerbox, a phone charging innovation startup and Ghana’s Mnotify Ltd, which received US$2,000 cash each. The Transform Africa summit was graced by Heads of State from African countries including Mali, South Sudan, Uganda and Rwanda Burkina Faso, Gabon,  and Kenya
The Transform Africa Summit is a concept of the Rwandan Government aimed at pushing for a major ICT revolution across the continent. This 2013 summit held from 28th – 31st October attracted over 1,500 delegates.

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