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Rwanda, 17 May 2017: Airtel and UNICEF provide children and youth a platform to present innovative ideas through ‘Pitch Night’

KIGALI, Rwanda, 17 May 2017 – Airtel Rwanda and UNICEF have launched an innovative initiative to motivate youth below 25 to pitch their business ideas for projects on environment, health and education. This initiative, Pitch Night, began with a competitive call for applications and culminates today with an interactive event for the five finalists to pitch their ideas to a live audience of Government, private sector, civil society, and the diplomatic community.

The theme of the first Pitch Night event is “improving the lives of adolescents and youth in health, education and environment.”

Pitch Night provides a platform to introduce emerging entrepreneurs to investors, potential clients, media and fellow entrepreneurs. It is also an opportunity for children and youth to find innovative solutions to problems, with a special focus on education, health and environment issues. In addition to opportunities, Pitch Night aims to provide mentorship to young people to take their dreams of becoming ICT investors and innovators to reality.

This event is the result of a partnership between UNICEF and Airtel Rwanda. Airtel Rwanda has positioned itself as a key player in the ICT innovation arena, where it seeks to develop solutions for issues in health, education and environment, always striving towards the development of Rwanda.

Michael Adjei, Managing Director of Airtel said, “Airtel Rwanda is pleased to be partnering with UNICEF to launch what we call an innovative project, one which will continue to provide solutions for Rwandan adolescents and youths as we move towards achieving the Vision 2050 goals that Rwanda committed to.”

“We are positive that the project we launch today will assist youths to build ideas that will help society, as the country is moving towards using home-grown solutions to tackle the country’s problems,” added Mr. Adjei.

Ted Maly, UNICEF Representative, personally encouraged the young entrepreneurs and students in attendance to continue reaching for their goals and searching for creating ways of implementation.

“Putting these technologies to work, making these investments, helps us reach the unreachable,” he stated. “And that helps us support the development of the nation. I’m really looking forward to hearing about the solutions today which advance development solutions for Rwanda, be it in health, education, or environmental sustainability.”

To participate in Pitch Night, applications were open from 15 March to 6 April 2017. Five shortlisted applicants and their projects were selected from a pool of over 100, and received business mentorship and pitch training from Inkomoko Business Development. The final Pitch Night event was held at the University of Rwanda College of Business and Economics in Kigali to showcase the talented participants and their business ideas.


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Talking points for UNICEF Representative, “Pitch Night” Opening remarks [PDF]

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About Bharti Airtel
Bharti Airtel Limited is a leading global telecommunications company with operations in 20 countries across Asia and Africa. Headquartered in New Delhi, India, the company ranks amongst the top 4 mobile service providers globally in terms of subscribers.

In India, the company's product offerings include 2G, 3G and 4G wireless services, mobile commerce, fixed line services, high speed DSL broadband, IPTV, DTH, enterprise services including national & international long distance services to carriers.

In the rest of the geographies, it offers 2G, 3G wireless services and mobile commerce. Bharti Airtel had over 312 million customers across its operations at the end of December 2014.

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For more information, contact:
Sid Shrestha, UNICEF Rwanda, +250 788301419,
Micheline Umulisa, Airtel Rwanda, +250 731000062,



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