Thank you to all who participated in the first edition of our Challenge Fund. The 2018 Winners have been announced here. Awards ranged from £4,000 to £14,000.
Our 2018 criteria
- Ideas that are new or in early stages of development (i.e. we will not be funding the ongoing costs of an existing project)
- Solutions designed to be implemented in Rwanda or in Uganda (or both)
- Ideas put forward by an organisation, entrepreneur or group that is registered in some way in at least one of the two target countries
- Entrepreneurs or organisations whose current income/turnover is between 10,000GBP to 250,000GBP.
Chibwe is a Partnership Manager for the Department for International Development (DFID) in the Government-funded Partnerships Team at Comic Relief. She manages the Comic Relief-DFID jointly funded initiative called, ‘All In, All Learning!’, which aims to contribute to Improving educational opportunities and outcomes for the poorest and most disadvantaged while building stronger and more inclusive education systems in sub-Saharan Africa.
Previously, she worked as a Service Manager for Short Breaks & Family Support Services at The Westminster Society for People with Learning Disabilities in London, where I was the designated Care Quality Commission (CQC) Health and Social Care Registered Manager for the service. She is also the founder and former CEO of Diaspora for African Development (DfAD), which aims to contribute to Africa’s sustainable social and economic development through harnessing the potential of the African Diaspora for development.
Joanna started her working life as a social entrepreneur and has worked in a number of charities in fundraising roles, as well as in international development. Her last role was to lead an initiative called ACRE (Access to Capital for Rural Enterprises), which involved leading and managing a consortium of NGOs identifying high impact rural enterprises in emerging markets and providing pre-investment support and access to finance from impact investors.
Joanna brings experience of partnership working in the social sector to Big Society Capital, where she builds partnerships and new ways of working with foundations and mission-aligned investors to help solve crucial social challenges.
Joanna mentors a number of enterprises and small charities in fundraising, business development and strategy. She is a founding member of the UK Venture Philanthropy Steering Group and co-chairs the Social Impact Investing Steering Group.
Maryanne is an impact investment professional with experience working with early stage social enterprises in seven African countries in the agriculture, renewable energy, micro-finance and technology sectors. By applying the practical skills honed from nine years of commercial banking experience in Kenya, she supports entrepreneurs with high social and environmental impact refine their business models and attract investment.
She is the East Africa Regional Chapter Manager for The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), a global network of organizations that propel entrepreneurship in emerging markets.
She is a trained financial journalist and holds an MBA from IE Business School.