Rwanda: MIT Announces Funded Fellowship for Rwandan Entrepreneurs


Rwandan entrepreneurs have been invited to apply for a fully-funded program launched by MIT’s Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship.

The program, ‘Foundry Fellowship’ will benefit all entrepreneurs who are considering their role in shaping the future of the African innovation ecosystems in which they work and live.

Besides Rwanda, the fellowship has also been opened to entrepreneurs working and living in Ethiopia, Ghana, Nigeria, Kenya, Senegal, and Uganda.

At an inflection point in their entrepreneurial journeys, Fellows will learn from MIT faculty, connect with investors, and expand their network of peer innovators, reads part of a statement released by the institution.

The program includes an interactive online curriculum followed by a three-week immersive session that brings the cohort together to explore innovation-driven ecosystems.

Consequently, the fellowship presents a unique opportunity to bring MIT resources and knowledge to these critical innovation ecosystems.

Professor Fiona Murray, Faculty Director of the Legatum Center, described this opportunity to expand MIT’s innovation network “[as] a moment for the Fellows to reflect on [their entrepreneurial] journey that also allows us to learn from them.”

She thinks entrepreneurs can use this experience as a stepping-off point as they move to the next stage of ecosystem-wide leadership.

“As a school dedicated to the development of principled, innovative leaders who improve the world, MIT Sloan looks forward to welcoming the Legatum Foundry Fellows to Cambridge and to the MIT community,” said David Schmittlein, John C Head III Dean of the MIT Sloan School of Management.