Mascom Innovators Pitch challenge : Fostering Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Botswana

Kid Liphi walked away with the Fifty Thousand grand prize after innovating a solar charging satchel

In an era marked by rapid technological advancements and groundbreaking innovations, fostering an environment that encourages and supports creative thinking is crucial. The Mascom Innovators Competition stands as a testament to this ethos, providing a platform for budding entrepreneurs in Botswana to showcase their innovative ideas and potentially transform them into viable business ventures.

What is the Mascom Innovators Competition?

Mascom innovators Botswana was a partnership between Mascom and Botswana Digital & Innovation Hub . They put up a P150000 shared price to 3 out of 10 contestants who would walk away as winners of this competition. It is designed to promote innovation, entrepreneurship, and the development of new technologies among Botswana’s youth and aspiring entrepreneurs.

The competition called upon individuals or teams to present their pioneering business ideas, centered around technological innovation, which could potentially disrupt existing industries or create new market opportunities. This initiative is open to various sectors, including but not limited to telecommunications, agriculture, healthcare, education, and sustainability.

The Mascom Innovators Competition stands as a testament to the power of innovation and the importance of nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit, driving positive change in Botswana’s business landscape. As it continues to inspire and support emerging entrepreneurs, the future holds promise for a generation of innovators who are set to make a lasting impact both locally and globally.


First Prize winners of the inaugural Mascom Innovators Pitch Challenge Ked-LiphiBw, walked away with a cash price of BWP50 000.The winners shared a statement on their official page to say “At @kedliphibw, we’re all about innovation and making a positive impact. As an Innovation Driven Enterprise (IDE), we specialize in electronic engineering and technology, and our mission is to tackle electricity shortages in Botswana and Africa using sustainable, renewable, and natural green resources.Our pride and joy, #ChedzaSolarBackpack, is revolutionizing access to light and power for sub-Saharan African communities. We’re committed to a brighter, more sustainable future, and this award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of our team. Thank you for your support on this incredible journey! “

Retro-Space Enterprise and #DoubleXGroup came second and third and walked away P30 000 and P20 00 richer, respectively. ” At Retrospace Enterprise, we specialize in creating stunning Exhibition Stall Designs, Outdoor Shelter Designs, Porta Cabin Designs, and Prefabricated Houses”.There was a surprise fourth-place winner in #EOAnalytics who earned themselves P15 000, sponsored by the The American Business Council in Botswana. Congratulations to all the winners, and a big thank you to the sponsors that powered this event.

Watch video below from Official Mascom Page of what organisers and winners thought of this opportunity

Ms Lindiwe Ramorwa , Digital Products Manager at Mascom and winners SHARE their views on the competition

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