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Environment & Sustainability, Innovation, Healthcare & Life Sciences, Education, Infrastructure

FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference and Awards Dinner 2020

London |
Speakers include:
Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Financial Times

Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Financial Times

Karin Finkelston

Karin Finkelston

International Finance Corporation (IFC)


The FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference and Awards Dinner, originally scheduled for 16 June at Hilton Bankside Hotel, London, has been postponed. We will be announcing the new date in due course.

The Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will once again gather senior investors, policy-makers, innovators, social entrepreneurs and other thought leaders for a major conference ahead of the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards dinner in London. 

This latest programme marks 15 years of collaboration between the FT and IFC on awards that have had a substantial impact on the way financial and non-financial organisations approach sustainable investment. 

This year’s FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference will reflect this milestone and look forward to the next decade with agenda-setting discussions on the future of Capitalism, the evolution of development finance and the growth of impact investing, and the power of disruptive technology to achieve the SDGs at scale. The Conference will also feature a special keynote by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, tied to this year’s Special Award on Innovating for the Most Vulnerable and Disadvantaged.

Chaired by senior FT journalists, this event will be a significant lead-in to the Transformational Business Awards dinner, which will honour those whose capital, technology and ideas are contributing to substantive progress in developing low-carbon urban infrastructure, delivering healthcare and education, assuring food and water security, boosting inclusion, and generally transforming the development landscape.

fallback Add to my Calendar 06/16/2020 12:30:0006/16/2020 20:00:00trueFT/IFC Transformational Business Conference and Awards Dinner 2020The FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference and Awards Dinner, originally scheduled for 16 June at Hilton Bankside Hotel, London, has been postponed. We will be announcing the new date in due course.The Financial Times and the International Finance Corporation (IFC), a member of the World Bank Group, will once again gather senior investors, policy-makers, innovators, social entrepreneurs and other thought leaders for a major conference ahead of the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards dinner in London. This latest programme marks 15 years of collaboration between the FT and IFC on awards that have had a substantial impact on the way financial and non-financial organisations approach sustainable investment. This year’s FT/IFC Transformational Business Conference will reflect this milestone and look forward to the next decade with agenda-setting discussions on the future of Capitalism, the evolution of development finance and the growth of impact investing, and the power of disruptive technology to achieve the SDGs at scale. The Conference will also feature a special keynote by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, tied to this year’s Special Award on Innovating for the Most Vulnerable and Disadvantaged.Chaired by senior FT journalists, this event will be a significant lead-in to the Transformational Business Awards dinner, which will honour those whose capital, technology and ideas are contributing to substantive progress in developing low-carbon urban infrastructure, delivering healthcare and education, assuring food and water security, boosting inclusion, and generally transforming the development landscape.FT/IFC-Transformational-Business-Conference-and-Awards-Dinner-2020c357f2a2b04cb3f0a81d03cbcf6d6718MM/DD/YYYY

Agenda - 16th Jun

  • 12:30pm
    Registration and light lunch
  • 1:30pm
    Welcome Remarks by FT and IFC
  • 1:40pm
    Keynote: Reforming Capitalism
  • 2:10pm
    Panel: Development Finance – Moving to the next stage

    Efforts to fill the development funding gap have evolved significantly since the FT and IFC launched their first sustainability awards in 2005. Global goals such as the SDGs and those in the Paris Agreement have helped governments develop targeted domestic strategies, while development finance institutions have moved from traditional aid and technical assistance to more complex blended finance initiatives that catalyse private capital and mitigate risk. However, a much greater scaling up of private financing is required. Asset owners and philanthropic institutions need to channel capital directly to projects and sectors that can have a transformational economic, social or environment impact. What are the most effective, innovative financing models to bring about major progress? How will initiatives like the IFC’s Principles of Impact Investing move the needle and change mindsets on risk and return? What other systemic changes are required?

  • 3:00pm
    Keynote Interview
  • 3:20pm
    Networking Break
  • 3:40pm
  • 4:00pm
    Panel: Tech for Good – Harnessing disruption to achieve the SDGs

    According to the UN Global Compact, the SDGs open up some 12 trillion dollars of market opportunities to the private sector. However, achieving the Goals by 2030 requires transformational solutions, that go beyond incremental innovation and leverage disruptive technologies and business models to inspire new approaches and drive impact and scale. AI, big data and the circular economy are already being applied to crucial areas like climate, healthcare and food security and are spurring significant change. Technology can also play a major role in helping to ensure inclusion among the most marginalised and vulnerable groups in society. To what extent is venture capital shifting its approach and embracing the SDGs as opportunity? What compromises, if any, need to be made to finance disruptive tech in developing economies? What are the challenges around human capital, skill-sets and governance?

  • 4:50pm
    Showcase of Awards Winners

    To mark the 15-year anniversary, previous winners of the FT/IFC awards will showcase their achievements and the impact they have had in their sectors and communities.

  • 5:25pm
    Closing Remarks
  • 5:30pm
    Cocktail Reception
  • 7:00pm
    Awards Dinner

Speakers and Moderators (1)

Andrew Jack

Andrew Jack

Global Education Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Jack has worked as a journalist for the Financial Times since 1990. He is currently the Global Education Editor, reporting and developing new projects including as editorial lead for free online FT access for schools. He previously ran the curated content team, picking the best news and analysis from the FT and the rest of the web, including FT Health. He was previously Deputy Editor of the Analysis section, Pharmaceuticals Correspondent, Moscow Bureau Chief, Paris Correspondent, Financial Correspondent, general reporter and corporate reporter. He is author of the books Inside Putin’s Russia and The French Exception, as well as numerous specialist reports, and has appeared on the BBC and other media outlets.

Judges (9)

Pilita Clark

Pilita Clark

Associate Editor and Business Columnist
Financial Times

Pilita Clark is an Associate Editor and Business Columnist at the Financial Times. She writes a weekly column on modern corporate life, as well as features and other articles. Pilita has worked for the FT since 2003, covering aviation and the environment. She was the FT's Environment Correspondent from 2011 to 2017.

Pilita was previously a Washington correspondent for Australian newspapers and a Nieman Fellow at Harvard University.

Karin Finkelston

Karin Finkelston

Vice President, Partnerships, Communication, and Outreach
International Finance Corporation (IFC)

Karin Finkelston is IFC’s Vice President of Partnerships, Communication, and Outreach, and a member of IFC’s Management Team. She leads IFC’s efforts to build strategic relationships with stakeholders, multilateral organisations, development institutions, civil society, foundations, and other key development partners to create markets and mobilise private sector investments in emerging markets. She leads IFC’s teams in Western Europe and Tokyo and oversees IFC’s corporate communications and global engagement.

Prior to taking up this position in July 2017, Ms Finkelston held a series of leadership positions at the World Bank Group, including IFC Vice President for Asia and Pacific and Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at the Multilateral Investment Guarantee Agency (MIGA). Ms Finkelston spent most of her career leading IFC’s investment and advisory business in Asia. Prior to being named IFC’s first Vice President for Asia and Pacific, she was Director for East Asia and Pacific, and Country Manager for China and Mongolia. She grew IFC’s China business — investing with local entrepreneurs and banks — and led IFC’s expansion in Asia’s frontier countries.

Before joining IFC, Ms Finkelston was Vice President at Manufacturers Hanover Trust Company in Hong Kong after starting her career in New York. As a manager at Barents Group, she led a team in Hanoi, advising and implementing Vietnam’s first privatisation transactions. Ms Finkelston has an MBA from Harvard Business School and an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

Samir Abhyankar

Samir Abhyankar

TPG Growth

Samir Abhyankar is a Partner at TPG Growth based in London, working across sectors covering the group's investment activities in Africa. Prior to joining TPG Growth in 2015, Mr Abhyankar was a Partner with Satya Capital, where he focused on IT, consumer, financial services and retail investments. Previously he spent six years at Citi Venture Capital International, where he was responsible for its African investment activities, and CDC Group, where he was the Director of Strategy. He was also formerly a management consultant with Marakon Associates. Mr Abhyankar started his career with the World Bank as a banking sector analyst. He graduated with an MBA from INSEAD and holds an MA from Johns Hopkins' School of Advanced International Studies.

Kalipso Chalkidou

Kalipso Chalkidou

Director of Global Health Policy and Senior Fellow
Centre for Global Development

Kalipso Chalkidou is the Director of Global Health Policy and a Senior Fellow at the Center for Global Development, based in London, and a Professor of Practice in Global Health at Imperial College London. Her work concentrates on helping governments build technical and institutional capacity for using evidence to inform health policy as they move towards Universal Healthcare Coverage. She is interested in how local information, local expertise and local institutions can drive scientific and legitimate healthcare resource allocation decisions. She has been involved in the Chinese rural health reforms and health reform projects in Colombia, Turkey and the Middle East, working with the World Bank, PAHO, the UK’s Department for International Development (DFID) and the Inter-American Development Bank as well as national governments. In 2007-2008, she spent a year at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, as a Harkness fellow in Health Policy and Practice, studying how comparative effectiveness research can inform government drug pricing policies.

Kalipso led the establishment of NICE International, which she headed for eight years, and, more recently, of the international Decision Support Initiative (iDSI), a multi-country network working towards better health around the world through evidence-informed spending in healthcare in low to middle income countries. IDSI is funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, DFID and the Rockefeller Foundation and is currently involved in national reform projects in China, India, Vietnam, Ghana, Indonesia and South Africa.

Kalipso holds a doctorate on the molecular biology of prostate cancer from the University of Newcastle (UK), an MD (Hons) from the University of Athens and is a visiting Professor at King’s College London and an adjunct professor at Griffith University in Australia. She sits on several journal editorial boards and has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and book chapters.

Helen Clarkson

Helen Clarkson

The Climate Group

Helen Clarkson joined The Climate Group in March 2017 as Chief Executive Officer. Prior to joining The Climate Group, she worked at Forum for the Future where she founded the organisation’s US office. At Forum, Ms Clarkson led work with large US corporations such as Target, Walmart, Nike, Gap and Levi Strauss & Co to solve complex sustainability challenges at both the organisational and broader systemic level. She also served as Interim Chief Operating Officer for several months. Ms Clarkson joined Forum from Médecins Sans Frontières where she worked on humanitarian missions in countries including Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Burundi, Pakistan and Nigeria. She has an undergraduate degree in Philosophy from Cambridge University, and a Master’s degree in Business Strategy, Politics & the Environment from Birkbeck College, University of London. She is also a Chartered Accountant.

Chris Locke

Chris Locke

Caribou Digital

Chris Locke is the Founder of Caribou Digital. He is also a Visiting Fellow at the University of California, San Diego's Center on Emerging and Pacific Economies, and Digital Ambassador to the United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF). Caribou Digital works with development organisations to build digital economies in emerging markets, helping to take critical mobile services covering health, agri, money and learning tools to scale at a nationwide level. Mr Locke was previously the Managing Director of GSMA Mobile for Development. He has spent the past 15 years working in the mobile and internet industries for companies including the Virgin Group, Three, AOL and T-Mobile. Previous to his industry career, he was the Xerox Lecturer in Electronic Communication and Publishing at University College London, and has maintained strong links to the research community. He is co-editor of Thumb Culture: The Meaning of Mobile Phones in Society, an anthology of research considering the global social effect of mobile technology.

Miguel Martins

Miguel Martins


Miguel J. Martins is the founder of reNEW. He has decades of experience in international development, finance, innovation and sustainability across emerging markets and developed economies. Through reNEW, he works with a number of key private sector players in Portugal, advising them on how to design or reinvent their innovation and sustainability strategy while reshaping their current business models.

Between 2000-2019, Miguel worked at IFC where he held a number of positions in the Investment, Advisory and Knowledge & Learning departments. He led a number of flagship programmes actively structuring sustainability strategies for financial institutions and stock exchanges in Latin America, and piloted a series of programmes in South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, leading a wide array of stakeholders towards the greening of agriculture value chains. He also actively participated, as an executive member, in innovation and technology committees across the World Bank Group.

Miguel was a founding member of the FT/IFC Transformational Business Awards, which he also co-managed, in partnership with the Financial Times, between 2005 and 2019. In addition, since 2015, Miguel has been an Instructor at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design, where he designed and delivers the Executive Education Happy Cities Program, consisting of three modules: Smart (focus on technology), Future Cities (focus on sustainability) and Happy Cities (focus on innovation, new business models, and sustainability metrics).

Miguel started his career in the financial industry in 1987 as Manager for the International Relations Group of Banco Comercial Português (BCP) in Portugal, and in 1995 moved to Mozambique to help create Banco Internacional de Moçambique, a start-up bank jointly owned by BCP and the Mozambican Government and now Mozambique’s largest bank, where he was the Director for its International and Treasury Divisions.

Kanini Mutooni

Kanini Mutooni

Director for Investment
East Africa Trade and Investment Hub

Kanini Mutooni is Director for Investment at the East Africa Trade and Investment Hub in Nairobi, an eight-country initiative created to increase and attract patient capital investments into the East African region. Since launch in May 2015, the unit has supported the allocation of over $25m in investment to companies in the agri-business, financial services and technology sectors. Ms Mutooni also serves as an investment committee member of the African Enterprise Challenge Fund, a $250m donor-funded impact fund based in Nairobi with 124 investee companies in Sub-Saharan Africa. She is also the Chair of the Finance and Audit Committee of the Global Innovation Fund, a UK-based $250m multi-donor fund that supports investment in innovations in emerging markets. She also serves as the Chair of Finance and Audit Committee of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, a UK-based institution that works with communities in over 34 countries to stop the spread of HIV. Ms Mutooni was recognised by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014 for her contribution to business and was named as one of the most influential businesswomen in East Africa by BusinessWeek magazine in 2013. In 2010, she was nominated in London as a ‘Woman of the City Future Leader.’ A UK Chartered accountant and MBA holder (Cass Business School, City University), Ms Mutooni has worked at Director and Vice President level at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, KPMG, Ernst & Young, and Kleinwort Benson over the past 15 years. She was also the founder and CEO of MyAzimia, an innovative technology platform providing solutions to the crowd-lending sector. The platform facilitated the origination of over $50m in new loans in Europe and the US in the online lending sector.

Henrik Skovby

Henrik Skovby

Dalberg Group

Henrik Skovby is the former Global Managing Partner and founder of Dalberg. In his current capacity as Chairman of Dalberg Group, most of his time is dedicated to industry innovation and establishing new business lines under the Dalberg brand. As a strategy consultant, Mr Skovby's main focus has been corporate strategy and organisational reforms. He has led a series of institutional reviews in the development sector and has been involved in launching several global commissions and thought leadership initiatives. Prior to Dalberg, Mr Skovby worked at McKinsey & Company, where his focus was financial and public institutions. He began his professional career with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), where he worked on project management, budget matters, and strategic positioning of the organisation. Mr Skovby holds a Master's of Public Administration degree from Harvard University, a degree in Business Economics from Copenhagen Business School, and an undergraduate degree in Political Science from University of Aarhus.


2019 winners

Transformational Solutions in Urban Infrastructure
Winner: Lithium Urban Technologies Electric Vehicle Transportation Services
Special Commendee: Rensource Distributed Renewable-Based Energy to Urban Micro SMEs 

Transformational Solutions in Food, Water and Land 
Winner: TIPA Compostable Flexible Packaging Solutions
Special Commendee: Neat Eco-Feeds High Protein Feed and Compost

Transformational Solutions in Health, Wellness and Disease Prevention 
Winner: MobileODT EVA System for Cervical Cancer Screening  
Special Commendee: Smartphone Camera Urinalysis

Transformational Solutions in Education, Knowledge and Skills 
Winner: SIS Budget Schools Vertical Collaboration Ecosystem
Special Commendee: Nova Pioneer Schools for Innovators and Leaders

Special Award: Innovating for Disability 
Winner: Amparo Confidence Socket
Special Commendee: TuneFork Smart Device-Based Hearing Loss Diagnostic 

Overall Award: Excellence in Circular Economy Innovation
Winner: Neat Eco-Feeds High Protein Feed and Compost  

Overall Award: Excellence in Disruptive Technologies
Winner: N-Drip Gravity Micro Irrigation 

Overall Award: Excellence in Climate Solutions
Winner: Rensource Distributed Renewable-Based Energy to Urban Micro SMEs  

Overall Award: Excellence in Transformational Business
Winner: Lithium Urban Technologies Electric Vehicle Transportation Services


Award Shortlist Summaries - Health, Wellness and Disease Prevention

Florida Insect Control Group Pest Management Solutions

One-third of the world’s population is at daily risk of contracting a mosquito-borne disease, yet the mass use of mosquito-cides are harmful to both humans and the environment. Florida Insect Control Group’s ground-breaking pest control system mixes micro-porous plastic polymers with pesticides to directly target and kill mosquitoes without negatively impacting the environment, humans or other insects. Smartphone Camera Urinalysis aims to simplify and speed up access to medical diagnosis, and reduce pressure on strained healthcare systems, by turning smartphones into clinical-grade diagnostic devices for urine testing. Using a smartphone’s camera and a connected computer vision app to scan a standard urine test dipstick and transmit the result automatically to clinicians for review, the service allows patients to home-test for early signs of chronic kidney disease, urinary tract infections and routine prenatal checks.

ImmunifyMe Smart Vaccination Scheduling and Monitoring Tool

ImmunifyMe provides a secure and accessible cloud-based method for parents to keep track of their children’s vaccinations, thus increasing immunisation rates for preventable diseases. Backed by partnerships with hospitals, governments and health organisations, with a focus on standardisation across different countries, ImmunifyMe’s web and app-based technology and automated digital monitoring help to overcome deficiencies in paper-based systems and provide access to vaccination records anywhere in the world.

MobileODT EVA System for Cervical Cancer Screening

MobileODT’s Enhanced Visual Assessment System is a portable AI-enabled diagnostic tool that dramatically increases access to screening for cervical cancer, one of the leading causes of death for women worldwide. It allows healthcare providers to detect cervical cancer at the point-of-care in under one second, replacing reliance on laboratory tests and sample collection, at a fraction of the price. It is currently used in 29 countries.

Salauno Visual Care for Vulnerable Remote Locations

Salauno offers affordable eyecare services across Mexico through its own diagnostic centres and a network of optometrists who travel to isolated communities. The development of collaborative links with local community leaders helps salauno find, access and support marginalised patients, resulting in the treatment of over 6,000 individuals in three years. Candidates for treatment, including surgery, are scheduled for an appointment in salauno’s surgical centre, and all treatments are heavily subsidised.

SonoCare Health-tech Diagnostics Solution for Healthy Pregnancies

SonoCare’s health-tech diagnostics solution addresses the severe lack of accessible and affordable healthcare for low- and middle-income pregnant women in Nigeria. Through a mobile app, portable equipment and partnerships with local organisations, SonoCare detects pregnancy complications before they become life-threatening. SonoCare has screened more than 31,000 women in rural areas and identified over 18,000 high-risk pregnancies to date. Solutions for Faster Stroke Diagnostics uses AI-based technology to analyse CT images of the brain for the most devastating types of strokes. The software cross-references a stroke victim’s brain scan with a vast database of scans and then sends this data to a specialist to confirm the diagnosis. This can reduce the time required to diagnose, triage and treat a stroke from hours to a few minutes.


Award Shortlist Summaries - Special Award: Innovating for Disability

Amparo Confidence Socket

Amparo’s ‘Confidence Socket’ is a below-knee prosthetic socket that fits directly onto a residual limb. It uses a unique, low temperature thermoplastic capable of being remoulded up to 10 times as the limb changes in volume. This drastically reduces the time and equipment required to fit a prosthetic -- it can be fitted in as little as an hour, significantly increasing accessibility for amputees in developing countries or remote areas.

EyeControl AI Eye-Tracking Camera

EyeControl is the first wearable screen-less assistive communication device. AI-powered eye-tracking technology enables locked-in individuals and ventilated patients -- who can't speak -- the ability to communicate using only eye movements, anywhere and anytime. Simple to use, EyeControl improves quality of life for ALS, MS, stroke and other home care patients and helps ventilated patients communicate directly with medical staff and family.

OrCam Technologies AI-Driven Artificial Vision

OrCam MyEye is the world’s most advanced wearable device for providing artificial vision to people who are blind or visually impaired. The size of a finger, this AI-driven device mounted on a pair of glasses is capable of instantly and discreetly reading printed and digital text aloud as well as recognising faces, colours, money and products. It is operated hands-free and completely offline.

ProsFit Technologies Global Solutions for Confident Mobility

PandoFit by ProsFit is a proprietary cloud-based end-to-end digital solution used to design customised, definitive prosthetic sockets for a more comfortable, faster fit. These are manufactured via a global network of certified manufacturing partners. Globally scalable, ProsFit’s solution increases access for all to prosthetics -- key to increasing social inclusion.

Sesame Enable Touch-Free Access for Mobile Devices

Open Sesame is the world’s first touch-free solution for mobile devices. Via the built-in camera of their phone, tablet or computer, a user is able to control an on-screen cursor with head movements. This system provides a simple-to-use and low-cost means for low-mobility individuals - such as people suffering from ALS, MS, spinal cord injuries or strokes -- to interact with the world through their digital devices.

TotoSci Academy AlexCane for the Blind

Developed in Kenya, AlexCane is an AI smart cane for the blind. Connected to a camera that processes images over the internet, the cane increases mobility by detecting both static and moving objects, and alerting the user through audio or vibrations. It also increases the independence of the blind person by sending caregivers real-time information via GPS or GSM protocols.

TuneFork Smart Device-Based Hearing Loss Diagnostic

TuneFork software provides a means for individuals with Disabling Hearing Loss to conduct a simple, free hearing test. This is then used to create clinically-accurate personal specifications for the audio output of the user’s smartphone and other digital devices, providing a significant enhancement to their experience of digital audio content.


Award Shortlist Summaries - Urban Infrastructure

Azuri Technologies Quad Solar Home Systems with HospiCash

Azuri Technologies provides off-grid solar technology and income protection insurance for rural communities across 12 countries in sub-Saharan Africa. In combining these services with mobile money payment systems, this initiative has the potential to provide millions of otherwise marginalised individuals with access to both energy and increased financial security.

JP Morgan Chase AdvancingCities Initiative for Underserved Neighborhoods

JPMorgan Chase’s AdvancingCities initiative aims to provide opportunities for those who have not benefited from economic growth. It involves the strategic deployment of 500 million US dollars of capital to fund sustainable projects related to small business growth, financial health, workforce development and neighbourhood revitalisation.

Lithium Urban Technologies Electric Vehicle Transportation Services

Lithium Urban Technologies provides electric vehicle transportation services to over 25 Fortune 500 corporations in India. The company’s proprietary technology platform unifies the connected car, a charging network, and cloud and data analytics to reduce transportation costs for clients by up to 40 per cent. Its fleet of over 850 cars has cut carbon emissions by 15,000 tonnes and provided financial inclusion and social mobility to 2,000 families since 2014.

Rensource Distributed Renewable-Based Energy to Urban Micro SMEs

Rensource provides affordable and reliable energy to urban micro SMEs and households in Nigeria through localised solar-hybrid mini-grids. This service enables consumers to access predictable, fixed-price low-cost energy, with greater reliability and flexibility than using highly polluting, prohibitively expensive diesel generators or low-output solar PV systems.

Smart Havens Africa Pathway to Sustainable and Affordable Home Ownership by Women

According to the World Bank, only 13 per cent of women in Africa have sole ownership of their homes. In Uganda, over 70 per cent of the urban population is made up of women who live in over-crowded slums, and who often spend more than 50 per cent of their income on rent. Smart Havens Africa seeks to overcome this burden by creating environmentally-friendly and sustainable off-grid housing and by giving low- to moderate-income women an affordable ‘rent-to-buy’ pathway to owning a home with a secure title deed.

SmartSíndico Low-Income Condominium Management App

Around 15 million families in Brazil live in government-funded condominiums. Resident associations cannot maintain or manage these buildings due to lack of training and professional support. The SmartSíndico app provides a simple and affordable way to help tenants self-manage their buildings, including billing and financial tools, access to videos on laws, regulations and best practices related to the community, and a messaging platform for tenants to communicate problems and decisions.

Yego Innovision Ride-Tap-Pay Offline Ride-Hailing System

Africa has over 25 million taxis, most of which are unregulated and unlicensed, leading to both road accidents and criminal activities. Launched in Rwanda, Yego aims to tackle these issues by training and verifying drivers and providing them with smart tracking, an intelligent fare metering system, and distance-based fares that ensure them a livable wage. Passengers make cashless payments. Yego is designed to work with limited internet connectivity, in a nation where internet and smartphone penetration are still very low.



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