AMI and Rwanda Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs partner to offer virtual business training programmes to young business leaders

15th July 2021

To mark World Youth Skills Day, the African Management Institute and Rwanda Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs have signed a one-year partnership to equip young entrepreneurs with the skills to protect their businesses against risk, make them more resilient, and support them to recover from the pandemic. Through this partnership, at least 600 entrepreneurs from all districts in Rwanda will have access to AMI business training programmes – ‘Survive to Thrive’ and ‘Business Survival Bootcamp’ – in both English and Kinyarwanda.

Under the Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 Recovery and Resilience Programme, young entrepreneurs will be selected to join the Business Survival Bootcamp and gain skills in scenario planning, organisational risk assessment and cash flow forecasting. Additionally, participants who join the more intensive Survive to Thrive programme will learn how they can track and monitor their business finances using AMI tools and online resources. By the end of the programmes, the participants will be able to strengthen their businesses by reducing expenses while increasing revenues, and identifying new opportunities. 

“This partnership will equip young entrepreneurs with skills to keep their businesses in business and introduce them to useful tools that will help them manage their finances. We look forward to working with young Rwandans on this journey and I encourage them to visit our website and apply for one of AMI’s programmes that best suits their business goals,” said Malik Shaffy, AMI’s Rwanda Country Director. 

Pacifique Uwineza, Executive Director at Rwanda Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs shared how their members will benefit from the partnership:

“We are excited to celebrate World Youth Skills Day by working with the Africa Management Institute to help young entrepreneurs leverage world-class business training to cope with the disruptions brought about by the pandemic. It will also create a common platform for knowledge sharing among startups led by young business leaders. This partnership has come at the right time where many businesses need access to tools and resources to revamp their business plans if they are to achieve growth. We are confident this strategic partnership will enhance our member’s ventures, growth prospects and create jobs.”

African Management Institute programmes are fully covered and are designed to help businesses deal with the challenges brought by the pandemic. Learn more and apply for Business Survival Bootcamp at www.africanmanagers.org/rwandabusinessbootcamp/ and Survive to Thrive programme at www.africanmanagers.org/S2Trwanda .

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African Management Institute (AMI)

AMI enables ambitious businesses across Africa to thrive, through practical tools and training. We equip entrepreneurs with tools to build their businesses, help companies train their teams and run work readiness programmes for young people starting their careers. AMI’s programmes combine online and mobile tools with in-person workshops and on-the-job practice and support. During the COVID-19 period, AMI is delivering fully virtual programming across the continent. 

AMI has worked with a range of businesses and organisations to support entrepreneurs and managers build and grow their businesses across Africa including Uber, Nestle, Radisson Blu, Mastercard Foundation, USAID, Shell Foundation and Equity Bank. AMI has directly trained over 30,000 people in over 30 countries. AMI has offices in Nairobi, Kigali and Johannesburg. For more information, visit www.africanmanagers.org.

Rwanda Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs (CYE)

Rwanda Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs (CYE) is the chamber under PSF whose

mission is to transform Rwanda into a private sector-led economy through the

promotion of entrepreneurship, innovations, and advocacy among youth. The main objectives involve promoting entrepreneurship and employment creation, providing advocacy services to individual young entrepreneurs and youth-owned businesses as well as empowering Rwandan at all levels individual young entrepreneurs, youth-owned businesses and accommodating businesses with relevant knowledge and experiences targeting business. For more information and inquiries, visit www.cye.rw.

World Youth Skills Day

World Youth Skills Day 2021 will pay tribute to the resilience and creativity of youth through the crisis of the Covid-19 pandemic. Learn more at un.org/en/observances/world-youth-skills-day

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