January 26th,2017
The goals of the event (Forum1) were to understand people’s opinions and perceptions of internet and human rights; promote and create an open and welcoming internet society atmosphere in Rwandan Community (involved or uninvolved). The main goal is to provide a space for people to engage and access freely with internet. This is not about the cost of internet but accessibility freedom as other fundamental human rights.

Forum 2 will closely focus on Freedom House Internet Report for Rwanda and get the public point on how Rwanda was ranked in 2016. Now that the first forum was for awareness, the second forum closely intends to hear on how people freely access Internet in Rwanda. There will also be a survey for the participants opinions to be recorded.

This will be a very interesting event and every one is invited, an EventBrite link will be shared shortly for registration
January 26th,2017
Traction Camp is a regional acceleration program aimed at nurturing startups in East Africa so as to create globally competitive, growth-oriented, mobile and digital technology businesses.

It is a 6 month program that will support Growth-oriented startups in scaling their business through a tailor made acceleration process designed to take growth oriented enterprises and startups through a rapid-cycle competitive curriculum, and matches them quickly to appropriate capital and business mentor. The program will connect entrepreneurs with the knowledge, capital and markets they need to grow their enterprises. The 6 month program will support growth-oriented startups in scaling their business through a tailor made acceleration process designed to takes growth oriented enterprises and startups through a rapid-cycle competitive curriculum, and matches them quickly to appropriate capital and business mentor. The program will connect entrepreneurs with the knowledge, capital and markets they need to grow their enterprises.

The program will entail a two week of intensive mentoring and coaching before an one week of residential program and up to six months of follow up mentoring and coaching, intensity of which will be decided based on each entrepreneur’s performance and needs. Participating startups will receive technical assistance on the acceleration curriculum that is designed to improve their marketability to early-stage financiers through emphasis on strengthening business and financial models, and outlining preparations for the capital raising process through detailed coursework on entrepreneurial finance. Other project activities will include facilitating several access to finance (A2F) workshops to provide familiarity with financial concepts and expectations of angel investors to a broader audience. We will conduct a series of information outreach workshops across the region for growth-oriented, digital entrepreneurs in partnership with the tech hubs. The main purpose of these workshops is to inform on requirements of the program, introduce the curriculum of the program and some of the key activities. The workshops will be held in different countries as follows;

kLab (Rwanda) on 25th January
Buni Hub (Tanzania) on 26th January
Iceaddis (Ethiopia) on 2nd February 
Outbox (Uganda) on 2nd February

Through PIVOT East and other programs, the m:lab East Africa has established working relationships with tech hubs and incubators in the East African Region and will continue to build upon these partnerships through the Traction Camp project’s activities. more info can be found at http://mlab.co.ke/tractioncamp/
May 09th,2016

The nFrnds Young Entrepreneurs Fellowship Program being run by nFrnds in partnership with the Rwanda ICT Chamber, kLab, Africa Innovation Prize, RwandaOnline, Balton Rwanda and Microsoft is being launched this week in Kigali with an intensive boot-camp designed to provide hands-on experience and entrepreneurial training to young Rwandan graduates. Participants taking part in the boot-camp will receive training in marketing, sales and business development and have an opportunity to put their skills into practice while receiving support and mentorship from the nFrnds team, local facilitators and guest lecturers. Throughout the program fellows will continue to receive practical training and first-hand experience and upon completion of the program fellows will be accredited as nFrnds Entrepreneurs with the opportunity to continue running their own micro-businesses developed during the fellowship and gaining commission from sales of nFrnds or its partners’ services. Whichever path graduates choose they will benefit from the practical experience and new skills sets developed during the fellowship regardless of whether they stay on with nFrnds or our partners, go on to join a company or start their own venture.

As part of the program nFrnds will be co-hosting together with Rwanda Online a Speed Mentoring Cocktail where fellows will present their new business plans and receive feedback from visiting World Economic Forum delegates and local business leaders. As part of the week long activities, nFrnds, a technology company providing a managed cloud platform accessible from any mobile phone announced it has selected Kigali as its African Head Quarters, according to CEO Dorron Mottes, "Rwanda is the obvious choice to make our base in Africa given our great partners, the warm and welcoming business environment and exciting developments in the ICT field that are going on in this country" nFrnds is committed to playing it role in developing the capacity of young graduates to play a part together with its local partners in the ICT transformation that is already taking place in this country. For more information contact: info@nfrnds.com