RENEW Strategies

Ethiopia Emerges (Chigign 'Tobiya)

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Laura Davis
| May 2, 2018


It's really not too often that the stars align so well with a vision we had in our head at RENEW, but knew we couldn't pull off without the right people, becomes a reality.

That's just what happened with the upcoming TV series, Chigign 'Tobiya, which will appear on Fana TV, Friday's at 8:30 PM. Girmay Haile Gebreselassie is the visionary behind the show. He has written and directed two movies, three plays and has a solid career in IT.

Chigign is a reality TV show dedicated to elevating entrepreneurship and Ethiopian entrepreneurs who are innovating in IT, the arts, education and general business. The show aims to encourage and educate youth and the society at large about the importance of innovation, entrepreneurship, private equity, angel investing and the private sector in general in Ethiopia. The program will be produced by his company Tonetor. RENEW is proud to be a sponsor, for members of our Investment Committee to sit on the panel and also to be investing in the winning entrepreneurs.

Visit YouTube to view a short program clip or HERE to see the advertisement.

Show Name: Chigign 'Tobiya (Chigign mean sapling/sprout and 'Tobiya is an old name for Ethiopia). Our English definition for Chigign Tobiya is Ethiopia Emerges.

Air Times: Tune in the following dates to view the first episodes.

The Concept: Chigign 'Tobiya is a platform for the entrepreneurs to gain access to capital, contracts and coaching. Entrepreneurs will appear and pitch, in a concept that combines Shark Tank and American Idol, if they pass to the next show, the Chigign team and in some cased the judges will provide coaching to help them enhance their business concept to make it to the final round where they will be eligible for an investment from the panel's fund.

Get Involved:

  • Pitch Your Company or Idea - The Chigign 'Tobiya team will choose more than 30 entrepreneurs each season and have them pitch their company or idea for a chance to appear on the show.
  • Be an Investor in the Fund - Be a permanent or rotating investor on Chigign 'Tobiya. Hear pitches, mentor entrepreneurs and vote with the panel to allocate the fund to finalist entrepreneurs. Not interested in appearing on the show. You can still invest in an ETB fund which will be managed in a partnership between RENEW and Tonetor.
  • Be a Sponsor - The Chigign 'Tobiya team is looking for sponsors interested in encouraging Ethiopian youth and the society at large towards entrepreneurship and innovation. In return, you will receive good press and a variety of benefits as part of your CSR program.
  • Ecosystem Partner - Do you work with Ethiopian entrepreneurs? We'd love to add value to your program by having your entrepreneurs pitch on the program.

Contact: Interested in being involved? Email us at renew@renewstrategies.com or visit http://www.tonetormultimedia.com/ for more information.


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