Projects

Projects, Programs, Hubs, and Incubators

250STARTUPS

250STARTUPS is a multi‐partner incubation and acceleration hub which accelerates startups to be fundable for the period of six months per cohort. 250STARTUPS has created an appropriate and effective mechanism to foster technology startups from incubation into expansion phase through financial, legal, technical, and mentorship support among others.

kLab Rwanda

As Rwanda strives towards establishing a knowledge based economy and achieving its Vision 2020 goals, fostering innovative ICT based SMEs becomes critically important. kLab (knowledge Lab) is a unique open technology hub in Kigali where students, fresh graduates, entrepreneurs, and innovators come to work on their ideas/projects to turn them into viable business models. The growing kLab community is also made of experienced mentors who provide both technical and business assistance to needy members.

Fablab

FabLab Rwanda was established in May 12th, 2016, by ICT Chamber in partnership with Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Ministry of Education, SolidWorks Corporation MIT-CBA, and Gasabo3D who followed through taking lessons learnt from efforts of supporting Software Innovators (at KLAB) to execute on His Excellency’s recommendation to put in place a Fabrication Laboratory (FABLAB) to support Hardware Innovators in Rwanda.

Access International Partnership in IT - AIPI

Access to International Partnerships in IT (AIPI) is a partnership project between Rwanda ICT Chamber and the Germany-based Bundesverband IT-Mittelstand e.V. (BITMi); Our common goal is to strengthen the Rwandan as well as the German ICT sector and to enable cooperation at eye level. AIPI initiated various activities aiming at facilitating the creation of partnerships and access to new markets through B2B, study tours, capacity-building programs, workshops, exchange programs, and other events that support fruitful collaborations of and for both ecosystems.

FintecHub

FinTecHub is a 6-month acceleration program dedicated to supporting selected Rwandan fintech startups to scale by addressing their needs for skills, partnerships, access to capital, and navigating the regulatory environment. FinTecHub is an initiative of UNCDF in partnership with the ICT Chamber, Kigali Innovation City, MINICT, and MINICOM.

iHuzo Project

The iHuzo is a project initiated by Access to Finance Rwanda in partnership with the Rwanda ICT chamber, and it is funded by Mastercard Foundation. The project aims at accelerating the growth of Micro and Small Enterprises (MSEs) by expanding the e-commerce sector in Rwanda to spur the growth of livelihoods and employment opportunities through e-commerce and promote an enabling market system for e-commerce by onboarding MSEs into the digital economy at the core.

MSMEs Go Digital

Access to International Partnerships in IT (AIPI) is a partnership project between Rwanda ICT Chamber and the Germany-based Bundesverband IT-Mittelstand e.V. (BITMi); Our common goal is to strengthen the Rwandan as well as the German ICT sector and to enable cooperation at eye level. AIPI initiated various activities aiming at facilitating the creation of partnerships and access to new markets through B2B, study tours, capacity-building programs, workshops, exchange programs, and other events that support fruitful collaborations of and for both ecosystems.

EdTech Mondays Program

The EdTech Monday Rwanda is a Mastercard Foundation and ICT Chamber initiative that aims to spark the EdTech Ecosystem in Rwanda. The show occurs every last Monday of the month, and it airs from 6 PM to 7 PM on KT Radio and on Kigali Today YouTube Channel. The show airs in Kinyarwanda and it focuses on leveraging technology to advance education and learning in Rwanda.

Digital Business Institute

The DBI is the capacity-building and certifying arm of the Rwanda ICT Chamber. Initiated and managed by the Rwanda ICT Chamber, the main goal is to support ICT companies in Rwanda to grow their expertise and build up capacities in needed areas. Through the identification of the actual needs and the targeted matching to capacity-building measures and resources for companies, DBI wants to ensure that the Rwanda ICT Sector has the needed capacity to compete on an international level.