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Rwanda Technology and Business Incubation Facility

Kigali Institute builds a supportive business environment for start-up entrepreneurs


YEARS

2005 - 2008

CLIENT DESCRIPTION

The Kigali Institute of Science, Technology and Management was established by the Government of Rwanda in 1997 with a mission to provide advanced training in science, engineering, technology and management. In 2005 it received funding from Nuffic to establish a business incubator to support businesses start-ups by graduates.

CLIENT'S OBJECTIVE

Establish a Technology and Business Incubation Facility (TBIF) within the Kigali Institute that provides business consulting services and promotes collaboration between academic, private sector and government organisations.

Results

BUSINESS RESULTS

A total of 50 small enterprises (SMEs) were created under or benefited from the Technology and Business Incubation Facility over the course of Enclude’s engagement. ¬†They were in key technology areas such as food processing, energy, and metal works, among other sectors.

SOCIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL OUTCOMES:

165 entrepreneurs received training in business planning, which focused on the information and communication technology sector as well as construction, energy, and marketing.

The TBIF business incubator is still operating, and presently provides premises for 50 start-up businesses, with a strong focus on the IT sector.

Activities

Established a team of local professionals to help design and develop the TBIF, which still exists and has been expanded in recent years.

Conducted a market assessment to identify the SME needs that could be addressed by the TBIF.

Led development of the TBIF, focusing on the organisation’s business plan, personnel needs and training, financing, gender equity, entrepreneurial funding, key business services, and outreach.

LEARNINGS

Creating linkages between key private and public sector players (including technology specialists, business builders, financiers, and government representatives) helps develop stronger businesses by providing opportunities for collaboration, fundraising, and capacity building. It is in the interest of all parties to participate in such exchanges, which assist public sector officials in better recognising the needs of businesses and provide entrepreneurs with knowledge and relationships that help in identifying opportunities and building their internal capacity.


Rwanda