Published on 18 May, 2021

Training of trainers on incubation and entrepreneurship

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From 19th-23rd April and 31st  May-04th June 2021, SEAD/ SEADWest facilitated virtual training of trainers on incubation and entrepreneurship, facilitated by Ellen van Andel and Maurits Ertsen from TUDelft.

Rwanda, often described as a model example of development, is turning to infusion of entrepreneurship in education and trainings, a contributing factor in dealing with a whole range of socio-economic issues that include unemployment and underemployment. Often regarded as part of the solution for the economic growth, entrepreneurship and incubation services have reached a political momentum.

The SEAD project supported the noble cause in facilitating, supporting, and promoting a student/trainer-centred learning environment that creates a vibrant entrepreneurship culture that nurtures viable businesses for self-reliance and employment of the Rwandan youth. This implies that entrepreneurship & incubation trainings should go beyond the delivery of knowledge to participate in ecosystems, partnerships, and industrial alliances.

The objectives of this 5 days training were to explain the entrepreneurship and innovation education trends both in the Netherlands and Rwanda, explain the variety of possibilities to incorporate innovation, entrepreneurship, and business incubation within educational activities. The training also explained what aspects make entrepreneurship education different from other education programs, analysed the different education activities and programs and estimate its impacts on learning.

A trajectory of 8 modules related to entrepreneurship education; teamwork, introduction to entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial opportunities, value proposition, business model, finance, marketing and sales pitch, in this training session, the modules on teamwork, introduction to entrepreneurship, and entrepreneurial opportunities were covered.

The active participative method was used, and participants were able to participate effectively, the trainers were very active, they were always ready to respond to the questions and provided comments on group presentations. Every day there was group work to be presented, different energizers such as games, songs, were used during this workshop.

As testified by the Participants, they improved their understanding of current innovations in entrepreneurship education and left with a good understanding of concepts on problem-based learning, active learning and teamwork. They confirmed to now have a good understanding of related issues and that they are now able tocreate an educational initiative that can foster innovation and entrepreneurship within their institutions, do an effective assessment, formulate entrepreneurial teams etc.

‘’We appreciate the way the training was conducted and we commit ourselves and this training was really very important, it really empowered us with the skills to be utilized in improving our ways of teaching entrepreneurship and providing incubation services.’’ Muhayimana Victoire, Lecturer of Entrepreneurship at IPRC Gishari