Best Projects 2019 features all the nominated entries submitted ‘Submit your Project’ category. All the entries consist of innovative projects run by existing enterprises in the form of businesses, NGOs or informal programs.
Explain your project in details:
BAG Innovation is a Talent Accelerator. We provide a digital support system for students in higher learning institutes to complement the technical learning with market relevant experience. BAG is a platform that bridges the gap between the academic sector and business environment by enabling an effective system to develop, track and match the student capacity with the market need upon graduation.
Impact of your enterprise on sustainable development
BAG aims to build a new generation of problem solvers and enhance the development of all university students in East Africa. We deliver a digital platform that interconnects the academic and business sector in a creative manner and ensures a strong value proposition for both the student and the business. We are driven by the fact that the private market players in the region are struggling to find entry-level and junior talents that match the talent need within their organizations and the lack of effective internships that prepare the students for the future market. Currently, graduating university students are not a hot sale on the private market. Students are lacking the practical experience to gain trust with employers and find the right opportunities throughout their university journey. Work readiness and soft skills are simple need that the market requires, but the university is not providing. BAG has trained 5042 students with our challenge portal, 493 of them have been placed into both full and part time employment. With a network of 92 companies from the private and public sector served and 6 partnerships secured that help us with parts of the training curriculum.
Sustainability and future plans
Talent Sourcing. We have simplified the relationship between the talent and the first job. We have made it easy for businesses to engage and meet with the top talents from different universities in the country. A company is able to interact with the talents on our platform test and review their past work, shortlist the best ones and invite them for physical interviews. Our solution is saving HR departments and companies time and money spent on recruiting entry level staff. Crowd sourced Insights. All our partner employers get the chance to share some of the challenges their business is facing with thousands of young innovators on our platform and receive crowd sourced reports with key insights on how to solve the, data collection and access to virtual interns. The Case submitted by the company is then also transformed by the BAG team to a learning experience tool for our network of students.
Your profile as an entrepreneur
My role in Rwanda has been one of the most exciting in my life, leading BAG from the idea stage to one of the best EdTech`s in East Africa (EdTechXGlobal). I have grown extensively in roles such as business development manager, operations, financial structuring/projections and much more. I pride myself in having a deep understanding of the past/coming market trends and cultural environment in the region after working with over 90 companies in Kigali and conducted several market studies and analysis over the past years. Some of my personal areas of interest in the region include CleanTech/ AgriTech/ EdTech. As a socially driven entrepreneur for the last 6 years I understand the value of having sustainability in the core of your business model and the importance of adaptation to the local social-& cultural environment.