The state of entrepreneurship in Rwanda has been improving, most notably in recent years. Starting early on in the reform campaign, Rwanda has implemented many business regulation reforms. These have transformed the life of the private sector and made it noticeably easier to do business and promote entrepreneurship sector.

Nevertheless, entrepreneurs still face several challenges to turn their ideas into sustainable high-growth businesses that would propel Rwanda toward its vision for growth such as:

  • need of augmenting supply of competent and competitive entrepreneurs
  • poor business performance due to limited practical exposure
  • access to finance
  • lack of business development services
  • lack of the ability to gather and process market information to their current business, due to poor technical knowledge and training on how to make use of this information

From all these challenges, RICEM focused on providing training of entrepreneurs through modules on entrepreneurship sector to facilitate and create an enabling environment for the success of entrepreneurship in Rwanda and in the Region. Those modules are highlighted below:

Specific modules:

  1. Business laws and regulations
  2. Business Management
  3. Business planning
  4. Entrepreneurship Finance Management
  5. Entrepreneurship approaches and Practices
  6. Human Resource Management
  7. Strategic Management for SMEs

Cross-cutting modules:

  • Customer Care and Relationship Management
  • Effective communication

The Government of Rwanda with the intention of building a critical mass of young Rwandan entrepreneurs who in turn will become job provides instead of job seekers, Rwanda is providing necessary training about entrepreneurship, and ’provide existing and potential entrepreneurs with the right skills and knowledge to become competitive players in the local or global market’. Entrepreneurs are envisaged as ’problem solvers’, ’innovators’, ’risk takers’ – people with a different perspective towards social and economic solutions. It is in that context that the government of India in partnership with the government of Rwanda through RICEM, the following programs have to be offered:

  • Entrepreneurship Development Programs (EDP)
  • Performance Improvement Program (PIP)
  • Growth Program (GP)
  • Cluster Development Program (CDP)
  • And other related Entrepreneurship programs