Building on the foundations of ReachUp!, DOT's StartUp! program equips young university graduates (DOT Interns) with the skills to deliver technology, business, and entrepreneurial training to owners of small businesses and burgeoning entrepreneurs in communities that are developing, under stress, or in transition.
StartUp! provides essential business and technology skills training to entrepreneurs in developing economies.
DOT Rwanda's StartUp! program trains DOT Interns to become business coaches in their communities as they encourage and support community participants who are emerging entrepreneurs.
DOT Rwanda Interns deliver the StartUp! program to entrepreneurs who have an enterprise concept they want to develop, or who want to gain experience using technology to expand and grow their business, make market connections, access capital, and develop business plans. StartUp! is a flexible program designed to meet the diverse needs of 21st Century entrepreneurs in developing economies.
Program Participants - Our program participants are generally from vulnerable populations and have minimal knowledge of how to use technology to start or grow their business. The StartUp! program provides these participants with tools and training that helps to build successful, sustainable businesses and connects them to local market opportunities, business services, and microfinance opportunities.
DOT Rwanda Interns - DOT Rwanda Interns participate in an intensive Intern Learning Experience before being deployed to their communities to deliver the StartUp! program. During this learning experience, Interns are equipped with facilitation, coaching, mentoring, technology, and communications skills. The training and experience DOT Interns gain while facilitating the StartUp! program prepares these young college and university graduates to enter the workforce as talented, experienced, and in-demand professionals.
Communities and Economies - In developing economies, small-scale businesses are the most important source of new employment opportunities. The StartUp! program equips burgeoning entrepreneurs with skills and knowledge so that they can grow their businesses and improve local Rwandan economies, provide employment opportunities in their communities, and create sustainable livelihoods.