Who We Are


Who We Are

African Entrepreneur Collective is a group of professional, hard-working, and fun-loving individuals committed to building the capacity of African entrepreneurs. Similar to our entrepreneurs, we are all in, and we work hard to find data-driven solutions to our daily work. Our team members come from all over including Rwanda, the DRC, Burundia, the UK, and the US. 



Our Values

  • All problems in Africa have solutions that already exist on the continent.
  • African entrepreneurs will transform their continent.
  • Be inspired and be inspiring.
  • Strive to do the easy things perfectly and the hard things thoughtfully.
  • We are all in.
  • We won't do this alone.
  • We are serious.
  • We eat goat. While strange to some, "We eat goat" symbolizes many things. It means we eat together, we celebrate success together, and in times of difficulty, we come together and support each other.

Our Leadership

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. The leadership team brings a wealth of expertise including over 10 years of experience in education and international development, and over 15 years of growing and managing social impact organizations. 

AEC Annual Report 2017

AEC’s Annual Report 2017, "The Brave Rise Together" highlights our work to support rising African entrepreneurs who stood tall in the face of difficulty. Some fled their countries as refugees, others overcame significant set-backs and heartbreak. At AEC, we worked with over 1,600 entrepreneurs who took a risk, and in doing so they created over 5,400 jobs for Rwandans, Tanzanians, and fellow refugees. This report shares updates on our organization, model, and finances, as well as powerful stories of entrepreneurs brave enough to work together to improve their lives, and the lives of others. In 2017, we doubled our impact and we look forward to doubling it again in 2018. 

Read our annual report below 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



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