Clarisse Iribagiza is the co-founder and CEO of HeHe Limited, a leading mobile technologies Company founded in 2010, Rwanda. HeHe limited is now at the forefront of the mobile technological revolution, providing powerful new ways for businesses and organizations to reach their audience affordably and conveniently.
Her ideas started forming at the University of Rwanda’s College of Science and Technology, where she studied computer engineering and Information Technology. “I started my business at 22 years when I was a junior in college. It was right after a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) incubation programme, where I was able to connect the dots between what I was learning in school and how I could immediately apply it in the real world,” she said.
In 2011, she together with other young ICT entrepreneurs launched The iHills, Rwanda’s tech start-up network, founded on the simple premise that Rwanda can be the birthplace of the next big thing in technology. The iHills continues to provide mentoring, access to finance and markets for tech start-ups in Rwanda.
HeHe runs a number of labs across Rwanda. It is also working with more than 100 Rwandan students in high schools and colleges. The company’s GirlHub has empowered more than 13,000 teenage girls.
HeHe has over $200,000 in revenues annually. “For a young company, that is great and we are investing in more ideas,” she says. In 2012, HeHe won a $50,000 grant from Inspire Africa, a Rwandan TV entrepreneurial contest.
She has a future plan of reaching more of Africa’s youthful innovators through her programme.