Case Study Kigali

Over the last years, entrepreneurship has gained significant attention in Kigali. With the creation of over 20 Entrepreneur Support Organizations, several government sponsored competitions and increased media coverage, leading a new company now seems a rather viable option for an increasing number of young people. However, the majority of these initiatives still emerge individually, having led to lots of duplication of services and little specialization. If Kigali wants to become a thriving ecosystem that breeds new startups and attracts innovative talent, attention should shift to how the existing actors can begin to connect and work together.

Key recommendation from the report:

1. Increase alignment - ecosystem participants can achieve more both individually and collectively with increased strategic and operational alignment with a shared vision and goals aligned with each other as well as tie ins to larger initiatives including Rwanda’s Vision 2050, the African Continental Free Trade Area, Sustainable Development Goals, and others.   
2. Increase coordination and collaboration - increasing market awareness and interconnectedness of ecosystem participants will result in the sum being greater than the parts.     
3. Increase entrepreneur focus - proactively listening to the challenges facing businesses and consumers that can be solved by entrepreneurs from the bottom up should direct long-term efforts by international donors, government, ESOs, and investors

“Our ecosystem is constantly evolving with new players on the ground, both entrepreneurs and ecosystem supporting organizations. To bring the entrepreneurship ecosystem a step further, we must all work together, collaborate, clearly identify gaps and effectively push towards the ideal ecosystem that we would like to build. Everyone has a role to play - raising an entrepreneur is a collective community effort.”

Aneth Batamuliza, Entrepreneur and Lead SNA Research

Having a shared language and common understanding behind the various concepts related to entrepreneurial ecosystems is critical to collaboration – and collaboration is critical to further grow an entrepreneurial ecosystem. Click here for a list of the most common terms that hopefully help standardize the terminology and contribute to a better understanding.

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