2014: iN4iN Africa Network Workshop – Rwanda

The Intelligence for Innovation Network Africa (iN4iN) organized a five days workshop from 24th to 28th April 2014 on „Industrial – Academia Relationships in enhancing entrepreneurship in Rwanda“. The international workshop was hosted by INES-Business Incubation Centre (INES-BIC), INES-Ruhengeri in collaboration with iN4iN Africa Network.

In his opening speech, Fr. Dr. NIYIBIZI Déogratias, the rector of INES-Ruhengeri, welcomed all participants for their coming. He said that „in its orientation to become an Institute of Applied Sciences, INES-Ruhengeri with support from SPARK-Rwanda created INES-Business Incubation Center (INES-BIC) to build managerial and technical capacity of INES-Ruhengeri’s Staff, graduates and students to serve as catalyst for:

Identification of opportunities
Creation of new small businesses
Projects monitoring and evaluation tracking system, and
The enhancement of existing businesses around INES’s location.

„We are gathered to exchange on Industrial –Academia Relationship in enhancing entrepreneurship in Rwanda. Scholars and Directors of Entrepreneurship Centers, members of iN4iN Network and local Entrepreneurs gathered at INES-Ruhengeri will have enough time to exchange on the best strategies to link and tie together their knowledge. I wish the skills that will be acquired be beneficial to all of us, and make INES-Ruhengeri a good and strong player in improving of our people’s lives.“

Dr. Christine GASINGIRWA, Director General of Research and Technology in MINEDUC talked about merging applied research and business opportunities to solve community challenges. She insisted on the role of industries in quality of education by linking theories and practices. When addressing his speech to the audience the guest of honor, Mr. RUZIBUKIRA Alexis, Director General of Industry and Small and Medium Enterprises Development in MINICOM, thanked all the participants for their coming and INES-Ruhengeri particularly as it well organized of the workshop. He said that the Ministry is ready to support the initiative of development. The Government of Rwanda has a plan to transform Enterprises in industries to increase the economy of Rwanda, so this network is in the orientation of the government. He added.

The workshop gathered together scholars and coordinators of Entrepreneurship Development Centers from Leipzig University (Germany), Adama Science and Technology University (Ethiopia), Dar-es-Salaam University (Tanzania), Inoorero University (Kenya), Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (Ghana) and INES-Ruhengeri (Rwanda).

Intelligence for Innovation (In4In) is a worldwide network of Universities dedicated to convey theoretical knowledge, application-oriented findings and practice-relevant experience with regard to the management and promotion of innovation in Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs). In4In aims at offering an application-oriented set of strategies and instruments to be used by SMEs capturing important aspects for stimulating the innovation culture and strengthening the competitiveness of enterprises.

Presentations: iN4iN Africa Symposium in Rwanda