Silicon Congo chooses four ICT entrepreneurs

By Issa Sikiti da Silva

The four tech entrepreneurs that were chosen last week by the first edition of Silicon Congo will go through an intense training programme to help them grow and prosper and make a significant impact in the ICT sector.

The four winners were chosen out of the 54 applications submitted between February 16 and March 16.

The first entrepreneur, Laud Obami, of the Tinda project, focused on mobile banking and mobile money at the time when the continent is using mobile to alleviate the plight of its large unbanked population.

Tinda means send in lingala, a local language spoken in Congo Brazzaville and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The second project is called Bakelasi (school in Lingala), and was presented by the second laureate Eirmelan Rameil Bibila. Its project focuses on distance education online. Bibila said his company was hoping to establish partnerships with institutions of learning to create digital libraries and offer online classes and homework to students.

Estime Aurvic Chabane presented the 242tech Project, an information monitoring initiative that aims to act as a platform to support the development of Congo Brazzaville’s digital economy.

Kenan Mfoundou Jered came up with the Litoyi Project. Litoyi, which means ear in Lingala, aims to promote and market online the music of Congo Brazzaville and DRC.

Silicon Congo is an initiative of Tech25, a BantuHub Foundation’s tech project owned by ICT wizard Vérone Mankou.

Kriss Brochec, a member of the jury, urged start-ups that failed the make the cut not to lose hope, but to revisit them and re-submit them in the next round.

“We are looking for innovative and high value-added projects,” he said.

Winning Start-ups will be provided with mentorship, business management training, free internet, registration of their business – in case they are unregistered – and pitch and coaching sessions to entice investors, among others.


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