Rwandan Youth Tipped On Job Creation

page geneva; font-size: small;”>This was revealed by the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT), recipe Rosemary Mbabazi during the closing ceremony of 2013 African Innovation Prize Business Plan Competition Award Ceremony organized by the African Innovation Prize in collaboration with Kigali Institute of Science and Technology early this week

sildenafil geneva; font-size: small;”>The African Innovation Prize (AIP) AIP is a UK based non-profit organization founded by Cambridge University Graduates in 2010 to spur student innovation and entrepreneurship in Africa, through university based business planning competitions.

AIP brings ‘Enterprise Rwanda 2013’ – a weeklong interactive training and workshop for budding young entrepreneurs from universities across Rwanda, which is an opportunity for youth to work on their business ideas and network with entrepreneurial peers.

Enterprise Rwanda 2013 ended with the 2013 AIP Business Plan Competition Award Ceremony where 3 students were awarded 2,000,000RWF each as startup funding for their business ideas.

Bosco Nyandwi has a plan to build a simple household biogas plant in his home village in Kitabi sector in Southern Province to address the village’s problem of power shortage.

This biogas plant will be powered by collecting wastes from households, cow dung in order to use them in feeding the biogas digester which will in turn allow the plant to generate more gas to all people in the village.

“Our village is a remote rural area that lacks electricity. The biogas plant we have invested in will help local residents who have been suffering to find firewood,” said Nyandwi, a second year accounting student in SFB, representing his winning team.

He added that the project needed Rwf 4.2 million and that the remaining amount will be sought through collaborations with other partners.

Elie Nzayisenga will establish a company that provides training in statistical software. Their training will be focused on Statistical software training, Questionnaire design, data collection and entry, data analysis and report writing and will be targeting students conducting research projects at NUR.


Dieudonné Dusengumukiza wants to set up a Kigali Oil Company to produce out of avocadoes. Avocadoes are a very common fruit in Rwanda and they are grown in almost every part of the country. Avocado oil helps to reduce cholesterol levels as well as protect the heart against diseases.

It can be used for baking, preparing salads and dressings etc. This oil can be used as an alternative to olive oil which is very expensive as it comes from Europe.

AIP Country Director Hervé Kubwimana called upon the winners not to spend money satisfying personal needs but to invest it in the projects they presented.

“We have regular checkups to follow up the winners to assist them and link them with expert in case they find obstacles in implementing their business projects,’’ he said.

Kubwimana also pointed out that the priority for jobless university graduates is having business planning skills before lamenting about the lack of capital.

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Youth and ICT, Rosemary Mbabazi said the government prioritises business plans that are seen to have a positive impact on the society.

“Any business project developed should have a transforming impact to uplift the people’s lives,” she said.

Mrs. Mbabazi encouraged the university students to be part of private sector, saying previously this was the last option to survive and a preserve for unlearned people. Today things have changed and it is the first option for many seeking personal economic development.

African Innovation Prize is a UK-based charity that has started operations in Rwanda since 2011 and has so far trained 650 university students in business planning and organises competitions to stimulate the entrepreneurship spirit among university students.

Every year, AIP organizes a weeklong interactive training and workshop themed “Enterprise Rwanda” for budding young entrepreneurs from universities across Rwanda.

Since 2010, AIP trained during Enterprise Rwanda around 350 university students from KIST, NUR and SFB and involved around 40 local mentors and successful business owners in Kigali.

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