The Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) held its fifth National YouthConnekt Convention. This is an annual event that brings together youth across the country. Four main activities mark the Convention: YouthConnekt Boot Camp, YouthConnekt Exhibition, YouthConnekt Dialogue and YouthConnekt Performance Contracts.
The Ministry of Youth and ICT (MYICT) held its fifth National Youth Connekt Convention. This is an annual event that brings together youth across the country. Four main activities mark the Convention: YouthConnekt Boot Camp, YouthConnekt Exhibition, YouthConnekt Dialogue and YouthConnekt Performance Contracts.
DOT Rwanda, as a strategic key partner of MYICT led the facilitation of YouthConnekt Boot Camp. The theme of the Boot Camp was 'Youth Scaling Impact Innovation'. DOT provided social impact innovation skills to 90 youth social entrepreneurs. The YouthConnekt Boot Camp took place from December 12 to 15, 2016. This event also fed into the National Dialogue 'Umushyikirano' on December 15 and 16, 2016.
Entrepreneurs during a brainstorming session on their social impact model convas
The event goal was to inspire and showcase youth innovation and social entrepreneurship. The Boot Camp will prepare youth innovators for a pitching contest. It will also strengthen their ability to market their social enterprises.
Throughout the Boot Camp, youth were supported by expert trainers and coaches. These coaches represented Technoserve, Akazi kanoze, University of Rwanda and DOT Rwanda. This team assisted youth in the activities and provided them feedback. Participants reviewed their social impact models during the session. They used the DOT Rwanda Social Impact Model Canvas for reference.
The 90 innovators went through a preparatory Boot Camp before going on to contest. The Best Innovator was awarded during the larger YouthConnekt awards.
After coaching session, Entrepreneurs visited at Rwanda Special economic zone "sahasra electronics" for a study tour
On the last day of the boot camp, the startups pitched to team of judges. The process narrowed the contests from 90 to five finalists. The top five finalists participated in a final pitching competition.
Uwamariya Assoumpta who produces wine won Best Innovator of YouthConnekt award 2016 fifth edition. She received a cash prize of Rwf 5 Million provided by World Vision. DOT Rwanda country director Violette Uwamutara was one of the awards givers.