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Rwanda gets tech incubator

Tongai Maramba, GM Tigo Rwanda, and Millicom CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht at the launch of think in Kigali

Tongai Maramba, GM Tigo Rwanda, and Millicom CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht at the launch of think in Kigali

Sweden-headquartered telecommunications and media company Millicom is building a technology incubator in Rwanda to develop digital solutions. The incubator, called “think”, will be located in the capital, Kigali, and will be used to develop “innovative and scalable” businesses in which Millicom will take an equity stake. Potential entrepreneurs will be given seed funding, training, coaching, access to technical resources and support with accessing investors and customers. Millicom CEO Hans-Holger Albrecht says Rwanda is a “great place to do business. We know it has some extraordinary local talent whose skills and ingenuity we want to support.”  Source: Millicom media release

Ghana gets $3,8m ICT grant
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MTN Ghana in 311m cedi upgrade
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Zambia to get fourth mobile licence
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