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A glimpse at Rwanda’s youth-driven startups that are revolutionizing education, agriculture, and employment

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In recent years, Rwanda has seen an influx of young entrepreneurs who are determined to make a difference in the country’s development. These young people are challenging the status quo, disrupting traditional industries, and bringing innovative solutions to the table. Here are five promising startups by young people that are making a difference in Rwanda.

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Schoolnest was founded by Karegeya Jean Marie Vianney, it is an integrated digital school management system designed to automate and improve school efficiency and effectiveness. This solution offers a range of services designed to make school processes more efficient and flexible for students.

While in his final year of study at the Adventist University of Central Africa (AUCA), Jean Marie Vianney Karegeya conceived an innovative solution to tackle the issue of poor management in schools.

It is a game-changer in Rwanda’s education sector, which has been plagued by outdated systems and a lack of investment in technology. With Schoolnest, schools can now manage their operations more efficiently and provide a better learning experience for their students.

Schoolnest is a chance to leverage technology to enhance the accessibility and efficacy of education for students.

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Karegeya Jean Marie Vianney as he was pitching Schoolnest in Hanga pitchfest 2022 competition

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Talent Match

Talent Match is another startup that is changing the game in Rwanda’s workforce. The company was founded in 2019 with a mission to provide skills training that molds every Rwandan to be the best at what they do and to create a lifelong culture of learning.

Talent Match, Inc, is dedicated to bridging the skills gap and curbing youth unemployment in Rwanda. It was established by Allen Kendunga who also serves as its CEO.

Their approach involves offering career development programs and entrepreneurship opportunities that help students and university graduates develop the skills and experience they need to succeed in the labor market. Talent Match is capable of building a capable, agile, and dynamic workforce for Rwanda’s future.

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Talent Match offers blog posts and tips on career exploration, skills development and entrepreneurship

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Mulika Farms

Mulika Farms is a startup with agriculture farming experience and is poised to provide value to farmers and their produce.

It was founded by Hervé Girihirwe together with Leon Karekezi. They both had seen that most farmers in Rulindo, Gakenke, Musanze, Nyabihu, and Rubavu districts were facing the same challenge of accessing real market information, hence selling their produce at a low price.

Girihirwe and Karekezi took steps to address the problem and established Mulika Farms, a startup that seeks to provide a transparent and dependable platform for farmers to sell their produce to various local markets by eliminating middlemen in the supply chain.

They have created a transparent marketplace for farmers to sell their products without the unnecessary use of middlemen who take away more than 50% of the farmer’s potential earnings.

This is a significant step towards reducing poverty and improving food security in Rwanda. Mulika Farms can be a real opportunity for farmers to sell their produce at a fair price and make a decent living.

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Co-founder Hervé Girihirwe receiving the grant awarded during Hanga Pitchfest 2022

Urujeni Project

Urujeni Project is a project that sets up groups for teenage mothers who are provided with Sexual and Reproductive Health information and services and are supported to realize their dreams after going through hard times. The project tackles parenting skills on reproductive health.

The project was initiated by Aimee Laetitia Umubyeyi. It is a lifesaver for many teenage mothers in Rwanda who often face stigmatization and discrimination. The Urujeni Project is not only providing these young mothers with the necessary support, but it is also empowering them to realize their full potential.

Smart Ikigega

Smart Ikigega was founded by Emmanuel Karangwa and Joselyne Nisingizwe. It is a technology that makes it easy for agriculture sectors to be linked with other sectors in different ways, making agriculture more digitalized. This technology is solving the age-old problem of lack of access to markets for smallholder farmers.

With Smart Ikigega, farmers can now easily connect with buyers, access market information, and make better decisions to improve their livelihoods.

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Smart Ikigega describes itself as “A better way to save, access and use data for farmers.”

These startups are just a few examples of the innovative and promising solutions that young people are bringing to Rwanda. They are challenging the status quo and making a significant impact on the country’s development.

They are a source of inspiration for young people who are looking to make a difference in their communities. Rwanda is indeed the land of a thousand hills and a thousand opportunities, and these startups are a testament to that.

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