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YouthConnekt Awards



The journey to YouthConnekt Awards started in June 2018 at sector level. Young entrepreneurs presented their projects in front of judges who selected best businesses to compete at district level, where the same process helped to identify winners who participated in the YouthConnekt Awards competition at the provincial level, the competition that enabled 5 young innovators -one per province and City of Kigali- to win 1 million Rwandan francs each.


Before the YouthConnekt Awards competition at National Level, 90 top young innovators attended the three days Boot Camp to equip them with entrepreneurial skills, business management among others skills, and top 30 among them scooped awards.

Since 2012, over 500 young innovators have participated inYouthConnekt Boot Camp, 180 among them have been awarded with cash prizes which resulted in the creation of 8309 new jobs.


Top young innovators attend a three days Boot Camp to equip them with entrepreneurial skills

Top young innovators attend a three days Boot Camp to equip them with entrepreneurial skills

The YouthConnekt award is organised by the Ministry of Youth, One UN Rwanda and other partners to recognise, promote and support young innovators.  

489 +
Youth Awarded
70 +
Projects Supported
880 +
Youth Participants
The Award


01 Step

Launch of Nominations

13 November 2019

02 Step

Closing of Nominations

13th January 2020

03 Step

Section of Nominees

20 January 2020

04 Step

Awarding Ceremony

February 2020

YouthConnekt Awards

Success Stories

YouthConnekt Awards


YouthConnekt Awards


YouthConnekt Awards

Past Editions

Youthconnekt Awards 2019

Youthconnekt Awards 2018

Youthconnekt Awards 2017

YouthConnekt Awards



In 2012, The Government of Rwanda partnered with UNDP to initiate the YouthConnektprogramme that is a multifaceted youth empowerment model focused on leveraging youth employability, entrepreneurship and civic engagement through innovation with a specific mission to serve as portal of connecting youth with their peers, role models, skills and resources for their socio-economic empowerment.