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In 2007, the presidents of four African nations invited ICCC to help them develop their countries. ICCC invited delegations from each of the nations Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia, and Benin—to meetings in Israel where historic trade agreements were signed. These were the first trade agreements between Israel and African nations since Israel’s 1967 war.
In addition to the trade agreements, ICCC began working with the governments of Rwanda, Burundi, Liberia and Benin to develop projects that address the major needs of each nation. One project common to all four nations is a Business Development Center which will train entrepreneurs to start and grow businesses and provide ongoing support services to insure their success.
Drawing on a long-term relationship between ICCC leaders and Dr. John Mulford, Director of the Regent University Center for Entrepreneurship (RCE), ICCC invited Mulford and RCE to partner in the BDC project. RCE has been training entrepreneurs in developing nations since its founding in 2004. Before that, Dr. Mulford served as Dean of Regent University’s Graduate School of Business, where he oversaw program development, faculty recruiting and development, student recruiting, instruction, and student services.
Dr. Mulford and his colleague, Jason Benedict, developed a special curriculum for this project. It emphasizes hands-on learning to prepare aspiring entrepreneurs with the knowledge and
skills they need to succeed in the challenging world of business startups. Much of the program consists of field assignments where students observe, research, analyze, and test their ideas in the marketplace. Students are able to draw not only on their instructors, but also on visiting business experts from around the world who will meet with students to advise them on their business ideas and plans.
Local experts on Rwandan business practices will visit the class periodically to provide technical information needed for successful business in Rwanda. In addition, some of the students will be experienced entrepreneurs who have run businesses in Rwanda for many years. Younger, less experienced students can learn from these classmates.
The Republic of Rwanda has enthusiastically sponsored this project from the highest levels of the government. The government, operating through the Rwanda Development Board, is providing the training facility for the program and working closely with RCE to identify students, provide information on business regulations, and connect the BDC to the Rwandan private sector.
The BDC will continue to provide mentoring, consulting, and connections to the entrepreneurs after they complete training and start their businesses.
For more information, check out www.bdcrwanda.com
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BDC Rwanda is supported by Regent Center for Entrepreneurship (RCE), the International Christian Chamber of Commerce (ICCC), and their donors and supporters. We have a big vision for transforming Rwanda by starting and growing a thousand businesses that will provide tens of thousands of fulfilling jobs to the people of Rwanda. We need help from those of like mind and vision. There are a number of ways you can volunteer to serve in a Business Development Center
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