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IPRC-Kigali student invents water meter, looks to roll out device

An IPRC-Kigali undergraduate student, Theogene Kelly Mugabo, has designed a self-operating water meter, which he says will initially serve water vendors. The device allows for use e-payment systems such as Tap&Go and mobile money, while it also has a slot for coins. The device, known as ‘Smart Voma’, allows one to fetch and pay …

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Meet Christelle Kwizera, a young entrepreneur striving to eradicate water scarcity

Accessingwater is a human right, and as a way of reflecting the fundamental nature of such basics, Christelle Kwizera established Water Access Rwanda, a social enterprise committed to eradicating water scarcity by providing appropriate technologies for durable access to water. A mechanical engineer and social entrepreneur as well, Kwizera had …

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Global Entrepreneurship Week: Clearing barriers for young entrepreneurs

These past seven days formed the annual “Global Entrepreneurship Week” and it warms my heart to see that I can run short of fingers and toes when counting young Rwandan entrepreneurs that I know, off head, who are managing active enterprises in various sectors. From agro-processing to manufacturing, technology to hospitality, …

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AMG founder scoops business leadership award

CONTROVERSIAL and flamboyant businessman Frank Buyanga who runs African Medallion Group (AMG) has won a prestigious award of the Pan African Humanitarian award for Excellence in Business Leadership in Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) He was handed the gong at the fifth Pan African Humanitarian Summit and Awards ceremony popularly known …

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Entrepreneurs in Uganda are taking control of their own destiny

On a sweaty afternoon in a facility about an hour north of Ugandan capital Kampala, Richie Rugaya and his colleagues are busy showing off their coffee-making skills. It might seem commonplace enough to watch someone making a latte, but not here. “You can count the number of espresso machines in Uganda on your hands,” laughs …

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WEDF 2019 Young Social Entrepreneurs pitching competition: Winner announced

Siyabuddy beat off competition from social start-ups from Cameroon, Ethiopia and Guinea to take the grand prize of $5,000 in seed funding provided by the International Trade Centre. The World Export Development Forum 2019 was organized in partnership with Impact Hub Geneva’s Accelerate2030 programme, IceAddis, the Pierre Castel Foundation and …

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Charlotte Maxeke Secondary School goes to National Youth Awards

Young Entrepreneurs will be honoured at the sixth annual National Youth Awards set to take place at the Silverstar Casino ballroom on December 4. According to the general manager at Primestars, Nkosinathi Moshoana, thousands of high school learners from disadvantaged communities began this amazing journey in August 2019 by attending …

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Annual Entrepreneurship Day at IIE MSA

On Thursday , 21 November, IIE MSA and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) hosted their Annual Entrepreneurship Day at the IIE MSA campus in Ruimsig. The event was open to all aspiring and current entrepreneurs who want to learn about starting their own businesses. The session included an exciting …

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Local entrepreneurs honored at annual event

Local entrepreneurs were recognized Thursday night at Glendale Gardens during the fourth annual Har­din County Entrepreneurial Awards banquet. The event took place during Global Entrepreneurship Week and recognized several local business people for their ventures. Jim Fugitte, an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in 2001, presented the State …

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5 Trends in Entrepreneurship You Can’t Afford to Ignore in 2020

This past week, I attended Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” U.S. event. With some of the smartest founders in the country, I chatted about best practices and trends that will shape 2020.Although my prior co-founder and I received the “Best Emerging Company” award at the 2016 event, I joined this …

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