Young innovators scooped prizes in YouthConnekt Awards 2018

More than thirty young innovators from different part across the country have won cash and in kind prizes in YouthConnekt Awards competition, an event that took place yesterday as part of the 2018 YouthConnekt Convention.

The journey to YouthConnekt Awards has started in June 2018 at sector level. Young entrepreneurs presented their projects in front of judges who selected best businesses to compete at district level, where the same process helped to identify winners who participated in the YouthConnekt Awards competition at the provincial level, the competition that enabled 5 young innovators -one per province and City of Kigali- to win 1 million Rwandan francs each.

Before the YouthConnekt Awards competition at National Level, 90 top young innovators attended the three days Boot Camp to equip them with entrepreneurial skills, business management among others skills, and top 30 among them scooped awards.


Mukandayisenga Clementine from Kamonyi District who produces wine and juice from sugar canes has emerged the best young innovator of 2018 and went away with a check of 5 million Rwandan Francs (Frw) provided by Ministry of Youth and UNDP, shares of 1 million awarded by Rwanda’s Capital Market Authority (CMA) and a laptop given by POSITIVO BGH.

Musanze’s Reinforced Concrete Garden Furniture Rwanda Ltd, a company of four young graduates that manufactures garden furniture from cement became the first runner up and has got a check of 3 million Frw sponsored by World Vision Rwanda, shares of 800,000 Frw provided by CMA and a laptop provided by POSITIVO BGH.

Sanejo Youth Ltd from Burera District, which produces juice and cooking oil from pumpkins emerged second runner up and has win 2 million Frw sponsored by Umutanguha Finance Company Ltd, shares amounting to 500,000 Frw provided by CMA and a laptop provided by POSITIVO BGH.

Special awards of Tech winner amounting to 1,5 million Frw povided by DOT Rwanda has been given to Olado Business Group Ltd which ventured into e-commerce.

Karenge Urugero Cooperative that manufactures various products form Banana leaves has been given a special award provided by Girl Effect amounting to 1 million Frw.

Other 27 young entrepreneurs has been given 500,000 Frw each.

About the YouthConnekt Awards

Since 2012, over 500 young innovators have participated inYouthConnekt Boot Camp, 180 among them have been awarded with cash prizes which resulted in the creation of 8309 new jobs.

The YouthConnekt award is organised by the Ministry of Youth, One UN Rwanda and other partners to recognise, promote and support young innovators.