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BeChangeMaker Africa 2020

Social Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme
Develop skills to make your business idea a reality.


May till 5 June 2020


5-15 June 2020


22 June to 24 September 2020

Final pitch

24 September 2020

BeChangeMaker Africa 2020

Live pitch finale

Top five teams of BeChangeMaker Africa are chosen from 315 applications that represent 42 countries in the continent. 

These outstanding and passionate young social entrepreneurs are using their skills to build technology and innovative solutions for supporting people with celiac disease, providing better communication technology for hearing impairment, connecting skilled refugees with decent job opportunities, increasing financial inclusion for vulnerable communities, and providing easier access to clean water. 

The grand finale of BeChangeMaker Africa was staged at 08:00 (GMT) on 24 September for sharing the business ideas from the top five teams and the wild card team.  Thank you for being part of the programme by supporting these young social entrepreneurs at the final pitch!

Congratulations to: 

1st place: Invicta
2nd place: Hand Speaks
3rd place: Rural Water Filtration Kit
4th place: Glarina
5th place: Local Female Guides
6th place: Steer Analytics


Top 5 teams



Focus: Financial empowerment for women through farming

Hand Speaks


Focus: Digital solution of sharing preventive measures of COVID-19 for hearing impaired people



Focus: Technical solution to improve the connection and engagement between global businesses and refugees

RUWAFIKI- Rural Water Filtration Kit


Focus: Sustainable and cost-effective solution for treating drinking water

Steer Analytics


Focus: Combatting credit inaccessibility and unaffordability for in low-income communities

Organizing team

BeChangeMaker Africa 2020

Ina Progonati

Ina is the HP LIFE Partnership Consultant for the HP Foundation, leading the HP LIFE programme that offers 30 free online courses in 7 languages to build key business competencies. Previous to HP LIFE Ina was a founding member of Global Citizen. With the great support from the HP Foundation, Ina works closely with WorldSkills on the creation and implementation of BeChangeMaker.

Grace Lung

Grace is the Senior Manager of Partnership Programmes at WorldSkills, which is the global hub for skills excellence and development. She works closely with the HP Foundation on the creation and implementation of BeChangeMaker to offer opportunities to youth for career building and transforming the way we think about social change and the use of skills.

Michal Jirasek

Michal is the CEO of Founderscope and the creator of the Gamified Startup Toolkit. He supports startups, social enterprises, and companies to innovate and optimize their businesses to create positive impact in the world. Michal was the coach for BeChangeMaker 2018.

Prudence Ngwenya

Prudence is the current Head of the Division of Human Resource and Youth Development at the African Union Commission (AUC). She leads and provides strategic guidance on AUC’s mandate on Youth Development. This involves maintaining a robust, innovative and results oriented AUC Youth Programme aligned to key African Union (AU) frameworks such as Agenda 2063. She works directly with Ministers in charge of Youth Development in AU Member States.

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BeChangeMaker Africa 2020

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The HP Foundation is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3) organization that, with the help of HP employees, funds philanthropic programs for underserved communities where we live, work, and do business by supporting technology-related learning, charitable giving, volunteering, and disaster relief programs.

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WorldSkills has built a movement that is changing the lives of young people through skills. More than 80 Member organizations which reach two-thirds of the world’s population and create measurable impact at every level. They build the confidence of millions of young people, empowering communities and fueling economies. WorldSkills is a movement of change.

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African Union Commission whose mission is become “An efficient and value-adding institution driving the African integration and development process in close collaboration with African Union Member States, the Regional Economic Communities and African citizens”. The vision of the African Union is that of: “An integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in global arena.”