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Season 3 of Chigign, Coming Soon! 

By Laura Davis | Sun Jul 04 2021
Chigign, a reality TV show dedicated to elevating entrepreneurship and angel investing in Ethiopia, is returning to primetime on FANA TV soon. 
Season 1 and 2 of Chigign were a success, culminating in the show’s angel investors choosing several companies to invest in. The show will be back on the air soon, likely just after New Year’s Day in Ethiopia, in a premium slot on national television. 
Chigign is a reality TV show dedicated to elevating entrepreneurship and angel investing, with a special focus on female entrepreneurship this season. The show aims to encourage and educate youth and society at large about the importance of innovation, entrepreneurship, private equity, angel investing and the private sector in general in Ethiopia. RENEW is proud to be a sponsor, represented on the panel by our own Laura Davis, and hopes to invest in winning entrepreneurs who pass our due diligence process.
Visit YouTube to view a short program clip or visit the Chigign website to apply to be on the next season for a chance to receive an investment and professional support from experienced angel investors.
Show Name - Chigign (Roughly translated to “Emerge”)
The Concept - Chigign is a platform for entrepreneurs to gain access to potential capital, management capacity and professional support. Entrepreneurs appear and pitch in a venue that combines the American TV programs “Shark Tank” and “American Idol”. Entrepreneurs who move on through the competition receive coaching from the Chigign team and, in some cases, the judges, with a focus on enhancing the entrepreneurs’ business concepts. The top contestants who make it to the final round will be considered for an investment from the panel's fund. The new season will also include background stories on some of the entrepreneurs and angel investors. 
Get Involved:
  • Pitch Your Company or Idea - The Chigign 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 - Be a permanent or rotating investor on Chigign. Hear pitches, mentor entrepreneurs and vote with the panel to allocate the fund to finalist entrepreneurs. Not interested in appearing on the show? There are still options to be involved. Reach out via email to learn more (contact information is below).
  • Be a Sponsor - The Chigign  team is looking for sponsors interested in promoting entrepreneurship and innovation among Ethiopian youth and the society at large. We offer sponsors options to be featured in Chigign events and programming, among a variety of benefits. Contact us to learn more (contact information is below).
  • Ecosystem Partner - Do you work with Ethiopian entrepreneurs? We'd love to add value to your program by having your entrepreneurs pitch on Chigign.
Contact - Interested in being involved? Email us at or visit for more information.
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