African Entrepreneur Collective


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 5,400 jobs, providing gainful employment to local people while contributing to the country’s economic and social development.      

AEC Entrepreneurs

Over the past five years, AEC has worked with more than 1,600 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 5,400 jobs for their communities. We have directly financed and helped raise over $700,000 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. Here are are the voices of young entrepreneurs we have supported in this video.

Looking forward to getting to 50,000 new jobs and beyond! 

“There is this feeling like nothing is impossible.”

— Clarisse, AEC Entrepreneur




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.