Over half of the people in Congo are under 18. If enduring change is to come to Congo, it is these young people who will lead it. They face the immense opportunity and challenge of transforming the future of their country. True innovation and enduring social and economic transformation can only come through creative, thoughtful interventions in multiple sectors, but few organizations are focusing on Congo’s greatest untapped resource to achieve this change—visionary entrepreneurs.
Wakisha [wah-KEY-sha], Swahili for “ignite,” is the business accelerator of Congo Initiative. Wakisha’s mission is to provide financial and mentoring support to emerging entrepreneurs to scale high impact, innovative start ups in eastern Congo and provide enduring sustainable revenues to support Congo Initiative’s work through returns on equity investments. In short, Wakisha ignites transformational entrepreneurship in Congo.
Giving young entrepreneurs a chance to add value to the local economy by scaling their viable small businesses.
Twice a year, Wakisha will call for an open competition of start-ups who seek to sustainably bring transformational values to the private sector in eastern Congo. Ten of these young visionaries will be invited to pitch their concepts, and three will be chosen for a chance to receive initial seed funding for their projects, along with six months of rent-free co-working space with other Wakisha entrepreneurs and access to mentoring through Congo Initiative’s local and global network of partners.
In return, these projects will leverage equity to provide long-term, locally-generated, financial sustainability for Congo Initiative and to invest in other Congolese entrepreneurs.
Wakisha is looking for partners for mentoring and resource development opportunities. If you are interested in getting involved with innovative, economic entrepreneurship in Congo, please contact Kizito Muhindo, Director of Wakisha and Neema.