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AFRICAN ENTREPRENEUR COLLECTIVE


Building the capacity of African entrepreneurs to create jobs

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AFRICAN ENTREPRENEUR COLLECTIVE


Building the capacity of African entrepreneurs to create jobs

African Entrepreneur Collective is a collection of business accelerators that support local entrepreneurs to drive job growth.

AEC accelerators partner with young entrepreneurs to build their skills, expand their networks, and grow their businesses so that they may employ others.      

Since launching in Rwanda in 2012, our model has already helped create more than 700 jobs, providing gainful employment to local people while contributing to the countrys economic and social development.      

Capacity

AEC builds the capacity of entrepreneurs through strategic consulting and hands-on skills trainings so that they are ready to take their businesses to the next level.

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capital

AEC provides capital leases to our entrepreneurs, giving them the necessary funding and tools they need to expand their businesses.

community

AEC entrepreneurs are connected to each other and to a global network of experts and mentors, building a community to drive catalytic change. 

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The Challenge


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The Challenge


African economies are some of the fastest growing in the world, but that growth threatens to leave behind a generation of youth.

With 200 million people aged 15 to 24, Africa has the youngest population in the world. And yet, 60% of all unemployed in Africa are youth, and that doesn’t count young people who are underemployed with low pay and few advancement opportunities.

Rwanda exemplifies both the challenge and the opportunity facing youth. Roughly 70% of the population is under 35 years old, and the majority of the population works in subsistence farming. While private sector growth can create jobs for thousands of young people moving off farms each year, Rwandas private sector is currently dominated by small enterprises that employ just 1-2 people. While young people are motivated to create their own jobs through entrepreneurship, they often lack the skills, networks, and capital needed to grow their businesses to the size where they can create jobs for others.

AEC seeks to change that paradigm. Through capacity-building, mentorship, advising, and access to affordable capital, AEC removes the barriers so that young people can lead the economic transformation of their countries. 

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OUR IMPACT


We support small and medium businesses to employ their communities.

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OUR IMPACT


We support small and medium businesses to employ their communities.

 

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Over the past three years, AEC has worked with more than 200 young African entrepreneurs to support them in growing their businesses and strengthening the local economy. Our entrepreneurs come from all across Rwanda and Tanzania, and with our help have created more than 3000 jobs for their communities. We have directly financed and helped raise $1.4 million in loans through a partnership with Kiva to support our entrepreneurs.

AEC is proud to be working with East Africa's young leaders to build their nations through private sector development.   From our early days in Rwanda, here are the voices of young entrepreneurs we have supported in this video.  

 

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JOIN US


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JOIN US


There is this feeling like nothing is impossible.
— Clarisse, AEC Entrepreneur

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SUPPORT OUR Entrepreneurs

AEC is a registered 501 (c) 3 nonprofit social enterprise. Your donation will enable us to provide capacity building, global mentorship, affordable capital, and technical assistance to young entrepreneurs so that they can build their businesses and employ their communities.