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iAccelerator Innovators' Journey, Rwanda

The iAccelerator programme encourages young people to think critically and creatively about issues related to sexual and reproductive health and seeks to generate innovative, youth-led solutions to these issues. Through a consultative process, the following challenge has been identified: Access to quality sexual and reproductive information and services for young people.

The competition was launched on 2 December 2016 and was followed with a series of boot camps, outreach events and a media campaign throughout the country to encourage the youth to apply and benefit from this opportunity. Following a successful campaign, the competition closed on 23 January 2017. A panel of judges and experts reviewed over 231 applications to shortlist a group of 10 innovators. The Top 10 innovators will present their ideas at the pitch event, for a chance to be picked as the final four.

The top 4 innovative solutions will receive a grant of 10,000 USD, and selected innovators will be coached, mentored and trained under the programme.