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Who We Are


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Who We Are


African Entrepreneur Collective is a small team of committed individuals from Rwanda, the US, and the UK. 

African Entrepreneur Collective was founded in summer 2012 by social entrepreneurs Julienne Oyler and Sara Leedom, whose experience living and working in Africa convinced them that supporting young entrepreneurs was the most sustainable way to move African nations out of poverty. 

Executive Director Julienne Oyler has an MBA from Yale University and more than 10 years of experience in education and international development. Managing Director Sara Leedom has an MBA for Oxford’s Said Business School and 15 years experience growing and managing social impact organizations. Both have lived and travelled extensively throughout Africa. 

AEC Annual Report 2015

AEC’s annual report 2015 highlights our mission to support talented local entrepreneurs and our innovative approach to their development. The report also features the enterprises we work with and the incredible achievements they have made. Over the past two years, we have worked with almost 200 entrepreneurs, and seen countless of them exceed their own expectations. Read our annual report to learn more about our work and impact.

 

 

 

press about us

Those working in the field are trying several things: Effective accelerators that help make businesses investment-ready, blended finance that allows public or charity funds to de-risk and unlock private capital, and work to build out a system with additional support for these companies.
— Devex

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Partners


Partners


AEC is proud to work with local partners to enhance entrepreneurship in Africa.