What is it?

Rwanda is one of the most business friendly nations in the world, with a population and leadership that recognizes the key role that business creation can play in economic development. For the past year, seven Cambridge Beyond Profit members have been working to support this entrepreneurial energy through helping Rwandan students become the future business leaders of Rwanda and beyond.

In 2010 the Beyond Profit initiative, African Innovation Prize became Rwanda's first university hosted business plan competition at the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST), catalyzing a host of new ideas, and the creation of a new business, Rwandan Environmental Design and Implementation, a company specializing in ecological waste management.

Now, in the second year of the African Innovation Prize we are piloting an educational workshop week that will reinforce the lessons of the business planning competition. Rwanda Entrepreneurship Week will inspire, support and develop business in Rwanda through training Rwandan university students in the hard and soft skills of entrepreneurship.

Taught by leading Rwandan entrepreneurs and organised by Cambridge students, the week will enable students at KIST and other Rwandan universities to engage in product development, understand different business models, learn how to analyse a market, build a team, network, measure performance, fund their initiatives, and much, much more!

Entrepreneurship and innovation created much of the wealth and growth that we see in the the developed world today: it can do the same for Rwanda. We are delighted to support these brilliant young entrepreneurs as they seek to create sustainable and locally driven business models, and in so doing, propel their nation towards a better future.

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Support Rwanda Entrepreneurship Week and Beyond Borders

Interested in supporting student entrepreneurship in Rwanda? There are two ways to support us!

Your donation:

  • £10 will pay for one student to attend one day of training
  • £50 will pay for one student to attend the full week of the training
  • £150 would cover prizes for the top three student teams in Phase 1 of the African Innovation Prize business plan competition
  • £500 would help seed-fund a new student venture in Rwanda
  • £3000 would cover our full programme costs at Rwanda Entrepreneurship Week

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Our programme will be circulated among all workshop attendees and throughout KIST.

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  • £100 for a 1/4 page ad
  • £200 for a 1/2 page ad
  • £400 for a full page ad
  • £600 for the front or back cover

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Beyond Borders kindly thanks our sponsors:

The Segal Family Foundation works to improve people’s lives through improving capabilities and helping people assume greater responsibility for their quality of life. The Foundation supports local effective charitable solutions through direct investments, with a focus on Sub-Saharan Africa.

Brussels Airlines is the leading airline operating out of Belgium to Europe and Africa, with over 85 weekly flights to Africa including flights to Accra, Entebbe, Monrovia, Freetown, Kigali, Kinshasa and Bujumbura. Passengers can travel from Brussels to Kigali, Rwanda 4 times weekly and can connect to Brussels daily from 8 UK destinations.