Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center serves as national host

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From November 18-24, Rwanda, for the third year in a row, will participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW). This week is a celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch businesses that bring new ideas to life, drive economic growth, and improve human welfare. During this week Rwanda will join over 130 countries to host a series of activities and events designed to promote entrepreneurship and encourage business growth. Hosted nationally by the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center (BREC)the theme of GEW/Rwanda is “Building a stronger Rwanda by turning job seekers into job creators.” GEW/Rwanda was named East Africa’s largest campaign in terms of both the number of partners involved and the number of activities hosted, and BREC, as national hosts, hopes to continue this success.

The purpose of Global Entrepreneurship Week/Rwanda is four-fold: 

  • Motivate aspiring entrepreneurs to launch businesses, and help active business-owners to grow their ventures
  • Facilitate valuable connections to help build and expand networks both in Rwanda and internationally
  • Provide valuable mentorship opportunities to support the move from ideation to launch
  • Engage leaders in public, private, and civil society sectors in conversations to improve the overall entrepreneurial ecosystem

The lineup of activities for the week is designed to appeal to a broad audience. In all, the week will include 50 activities hosted by over 45 partner organizations, maintaining the campaign’s strong standing, both in the region and on the global level. Notable activities include BiD Network’s Growing SMEs conference, Educat’s REAL Business Accelerator, The Open House @ The Office, and the US Embassy’s Training of Trainers workshops.

  • Growing SMEs will bring together high growth entrepreneurs and experts in the topics of developing, growing and financing SMEs
  • Educat’s Real Business Accelerator is a week-long training accelerator that culminates in a competition to find Rwanda’s next entrepreneurship superstar
  • The Office’s Open House will bring together established entrepreneurs with secondary school students to share inspiring stories and provide an opportunity to learn from their successes and challenges
  • The US Embassy has brought Saul Garlick of ThinkImpact to Rwanda, he will provide training for faculty and staff at the School of Finance and Banking and the National University of Rwanda
  • The calendar of events also includes a series of workshops for TVET institutions hosted by RDB, and a series of trainings for women entrepreneurs by Women for Women International at their Women’s Opportunity Center in Kayonza.

Faustin Mbundu, a member of the GEW/Rwanda Advisory Board, supports the initiative saying, “As this year’s theme puts it, our dream and vision is to create a generation of innovators and creative thinkers who will not be job seekers but job creators. We should always be mindful of the fact that the measure of our success will be determined by our capacity and willingness to empower the next generation of entrepreneurs in this country through mentorship, experience-sharing and teamwork building programs. It’s our sincere hope that through GEW and other similar campaigns, more Rwandans, especially youth, will be able to learn that entrepreneurship is all about daring, perseverance, commitment and being passionate about what we do.”

To see the full list of GEW/Rwanda events or learn more about the initiative, visit, like and follow @gewrwanda on Twitter.

About Global Entrepreneurship Week

During one week each November, thousands of activities around the world inspire millions to engage in entrepreneurial action while connecting them to potential mentors, collaborators and investors. In three short years, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to more than 130 countries—empowering nearly 20 million people through 100,000 activities. Powered by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and globally sponsored by Dell, the initiative is supported by dozens of world leaders and a growing network of 24,000 partner organizations. For more information, visit, and follow @unleashingideas on Twitter.

About BREC

In September 2010, Babson partnered with the Rwandan Private Sector Federation and opened the doors of the Babson Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center (BREC) in the nation’s capital, Kigali. BREC is staffed by Fellows that serve two-year terms after graduation from Babson’s undergraduate or graduate programs. Along with Babson alumni, students and staff, BREC joins with organizations within Rwanda to pursue a variety of projects aimed at strengthening the country’s entrepreneurial environment. Learn more about BREC.

About Babson College

Babson College is the educator, convener, and thought leader for Entrepreneurship of All Kinds™. The College is a dynamic living and learning laboratory, where students, faculty, and staff work together to address the real-world problems of business and society -- while at the same time evolving our methods and advancing our programs. We shape the leaders our world needs most: those with strong functional knowledge and the skills and vision to navigate change, accommodate ambiguity, surmount complexity, and motivate teams in a common purpose to create economic and social value. As we have for nearly a half-century, Babson continues to advance Entrepreneurial Thought and Action® as the most positive force on the planet for generating sustainable economic and social value. For information, Moved

By Barbara Spies Blair,, 781-239-4621 | 11/18/2013 06:00