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Rwanda : Rwanda to benefit from world tech competition

5 September, at 09 : 23 AM Print

Rwanda will on September 12, Kigali will be in the spotlight as one of 36 Tech City Hubs around the world that are hosting regional international Startup World competitions.

This competition event is expected to be a learning experience for Rwanda as it strives to become an ICT hub on the African continent. The event will be held at Lemigo hotel in Kigali city and it is expected to bring on board various IT experts across the globe.

The event will be hosted by Digital Opportunity Trust (DOT) in Rwanda, under patronage of the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Startup World is an international initiative to promote early stage businesses, entrepreneurship and technology through a global competition to celebrate the world’s most innovative startups

Alex Ntare, Director of the ICT Chamber in the Private Sector Federation, says “This is an awesome opportunity for Rwanda to showcase its commitment to building ICT in Africa through homegrown innovative solutions.”  Our parents have made sacrifices to give us this education, its only right that we give back to our country” he adds.

Entrepreneurs, innovators and early stage business leaders are encouraged to submit their applications to before August 31. Applications will be screened and 10 finalists will compete by delivering their business “pitches” before a panel of Rwandan experts. The national winner will be sponsored to travel to Silicon Valley in the USA for a showdown of finalists in January 2013.

Kigali is one of the four cities in Africa that were selected to host this competition this appreciating the government’s commitment to develop ICT as pivotal sector in development of the nation.





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