Emerging leaders and Entrepreneurs organization (ELE) awarded five best youth entrepreneurs and innovators for the first time in Rwanda to boost youth self reliance.
The categories awarded included best creativity award, best innovator of the year, most desired place to work place and Innovation champion.
Speaking at the event, RBD Chief Operating Officer, Claire Akamanzi urged the youth to be innovative and creative because the government is fully in support of the youth.
“We have support systems for potential entrepreneurs in Rwanda and the government is ready to back up young people with fresh ideas and how to market their products on international markets,” says Ms Claire Akamanzi.
Rwanda has set up business development centers across the country to help young potential entrepreneurs where they can share ideas, make research and guide them to exploit their ideas into real earning business.
The government also set aside funds to support young entrepreneurs and innovators through business development fund (BDF).
“This is the beginning but every year, we will be awarding young innovators from every sector and support them to market their products outside Rwanda,” said CEO ELE Rwanda Yves Iradukunda.
The youth entrepreneurs awarded included, Creativity Awards: Student Entrepreneurship Network (SEN), Innovator of the year: Torque LTD, Most desired workplace: Tigo Rwanda, Innovation Champion: Babson Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center.
“Am excited about the award and happy that our country recognizes our efforts, creativity as young generation hence giving us opportunity to expose our ideas,” acknowledged award winner, founder of Torgue Ltd and soft ware developer Jean Twagira.
Twagira is a young Rwandan who has managed to develop a software used by Bralirwa and its distributors called Torgue work space to ease the follow up of distribution data as well as sale records.
The Emerging Leaders and Entrepreneurs of Rwanda (ELE Rwanda) is a youth entrepreneurship platform with a mission to “inspire, motivate and empower young adults to become active participants in the economy and development of Rwanda.
” It connects students to innovators, advocates, mentors and investors through a string of activities.