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’s 2016 annual report, "A Year of Inclusive Growth" highlights our work to support talented African entrepreneurs across a range of circumstances. At AEC, we have worked with more than 250 entrepreneurs across Rwanda and Tanzania, and have launched programs to support hundreds more Burundian and Congolese refugee entrepreneurs as well. This report shares updates on our organization, model, and finances, as well as the personal stories of how entrepreneurship development has propelled them to achieve incredible milestones and create almost 3000 new jobs.
Read below our annual report to learn more about our work and impact.