Rwanda, for the second year in a row, will participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) from November 12th-18th

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Rwanda, for the second year in a row, will participate in Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) from November 12-18. During this week Rwanda will join over 125 countries to host a series of activities and events designed to promote entrepreneurship and encourage business growth.

Global Entrepreneurship 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. Hosted nationally by the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center (BREC) in partnership with the Rwandan Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT), and the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), this year’s theme is, “Empowering Youth and Women for Productivity”.

In all, the week will include over 45 activities hosted by 40 partner organizations, nearly doubling the levels from 2011. Notable activities include Educat’s REAL Business Accelerator which is a week-long competition to find Rwanda’s next entrepreneurial superstar. The winner of the competition will receive the REAL – Banque Populaire Entrepreneurship Award 2012, 2 million Francs, mentorship, office space, and the opportunity to represent Rwanda in the pan-African “Meet the Lions” business competition in South Africa.

The calendar of events also includes a series of workshops for university entrepreneurship clubs hosted by RDB, an access to finance awareness drive hosted by MYICT and 4 women’s entrepreneurship awards hosted by Women for Women International.

In its 7 Years Program, the Government of Rwanda pledges to create 200,000 new jobs annually, targeting 1.4 million jobs at the end of the program. We believe that entrepreneurship will play a key role to achieve this goal by enabling women and youth, who comprise approximately 70% of the population, with skills required for the establishment and smooth running of business ventures leading to self-employment opportunities to meet new demands for quality, productivity, reliability, innovation, flexibility and capacity to adapt to changing needs. Through occasions like GEW, efforts are expected to expand the ability of women and young entrepreneurs to pursue economic opportunities, invest additional capital, hire more employees and grow their businesses." said the The Minister of Youth and ICT

Hosted nationally by the Babson-Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center, in 2012, GEW/Rwanda has partnered with the Ministry of Youth and ICT (Strategic Partner), the Rwanda Development Board (Strategic Partner), IGIHE, Ltd. (Media Partner) and GW Creators (Design Partner) and is sponsored by the ServiceMag to reach upwards of 25,000 people through fifty different activities around the country 2011 marked Rwanda’s inaugural Global Entrepreneurship Week. Twenty-two partner organizations joined the campaign and hosted twenty-six local activities that reached 12,000 people. The goal for 2012 is to roughly double those metrics and reach 50,000 people through fifty activities.

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

For additional questions please contact:

Babson- Rwanda Entrepreneurship Center

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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.

Global Entrepreneurship Week is the world’s largest celebration of the innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. During one week each November, GEW inspires people everywhere through local, national and global activities designed to help them explore their potential as self-starters and innovators. These activities, from large-scale competitions and events to intimate networking gatherings, connect participants to potential collaborators, mentors and even investors—introducing them to new possibilities and exciting opportunities.

In three short years, Global Entrepreneurship Week has expanded to more than 100 countries—empowering nearly 20 million people through 95,000 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 Babson College

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By Hilary Katulak,, 781-239-4623 | 11/14/2012 06:24