Preparing Africa's future workforce
BAG seeks to disrupt the traditional approach to how individuals acquire experience at school and build up the next generation of problem solvers. This is why our name is "BAG - Building A Generation."
University students and recent graduates are struggling to enter the job market and find decent employment upon graduation.
The employment marketplace is developing rapidly. The university curriculum is struggling to keep up with the demand, and students are suffering as a consequence. Spending on education in Africa is estimated today at $224B, set to grow to $740B by 2030, at a 14% CAGR. We estimate spending on EdTech to grow fast, from 1% today to 6–10% in 2030, reaching $57B.
👋🏾 Hey, there!
A word from our co-founders
We wanted to say a few words on our mission, let's see if that resonates with you!
We help students and young people access the right tools for their career development.
We began in a tiny office in Kacyiru, and since then we've had an impact on over 10,000 young people and assisted more than 600 graduates to find employment opportunities. We have a light-hearted yet professional atmosphere that constantly encourages us to work together better.
We’re looking for the brightest folks and partners to join us:
You who deeply care about what you do, how you work, thrive for simplicity, love BAG's mission and care about youth development.
If that resonates and you think you can bring us as much as we can bring you, we're excited to hear from you!
Co-Founders of BAG Innovation, Yussouf and Gabriel.
🤼 Our team
The best from the best
🏞️ Life at BAG
In 2017, it all began in a Kigali co-working space. Today BAG Innovation has 8 employees, and its culture is focused on innovation, collaboration, and impact.
How you do anything is how you do everything.
😀 Think actively
Question processes. Give thoughtful responses. Find the best way instead of going by how it’s always been done.
💙 Be super helpful
Go above and beyond to solve problems. Exercise empathy. Deliver magic to customers and coworkers.
🙏🏿 Act with humility
Treat everyone with respect. Leave egos at the door.
🧩 Appreciate quality
Take pride in crafting a lasting product. Work with the best equipment. Invest in great things that improve your life.
🚀 Maximize efficiency
Minimize unnecessary meetings and management. Work together with others to get the job finished.
💻 Focus on product
Ask yourself how the product can be better today than it was yesterday.
📺 BAG in the press
We've had the opportunity to be featured on various platforms.
BAG Innovation wins first SusTech4Africa edition in Rwanda
The start-up BAG Innovation has been the winner of the first 'Sustainable Technology for Africa' event in the Rwandan capital Kigali. Eleven projects and entrepreneurs participated in this second international edition of Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs. BAG Innovation is therefore the main laureate. It has developed a digital platform that makes the link between students and companies.
BAG INNOVATION - CNBC Africa
BAG INNOVATION video from CNBC Africa, featuring interviews with CEO's, executives and analysts from across Africa
Local start-up with unique capacity building approach
By Despite ambitions in job creation and entrepreneurship, the Rwandan ecosystem is often plagued with challenges of a mismatch between available jobs and skills. This has often seen graduates unable to fill some of the existing job positions and firms advertising over and over again unable to find suitable staff.
Ten Rwandan start-ups to get debt financing support
By Ten eligible Rwandan start-ups will benefit from debt financing facility of up to €50,000 and get expert coaching in a business accelerator programme dubbed "Sustainable Technology for Africa Rwanda 2021". The programme is organised by Entrepreneurs for Entrepreneurs (OVO), a Belgium-based investment and entrepreneurship group.
How a tech start-up is fighting youth unemployment in Rwanda
By At 19 years of age, Yussouf Ntwali, alongside his colleague Gabriel Ekman, have come up with a solution to unemployment among the youth through a platform called 'Building A Generation' (BAG), which is meant to transform the future of career development.
BAG Innovation: Revolutionizing Ed Tech In Africa | AUDA-NEPAD
May 31, 2021 | Project BAG Innovation Rwanda's economic growth continues to soar, yet the challenge to combat youth unemployment persists. From its inception, BAG Innovation has been trying to tackle issues that contribute to youth unemployment, mainly; the lack of preparedness of students upon completion of university and the lack of employment opportunity during their time in university to equip them with adequate work experience to enter the workforce.
Rwanda: Online tool enables students to complement theoretical learning with practical experiences
Thanks to the platform, several students have been employed by partner businesses. On the platform, students select their sector of interest connected to their university major. They can choose a local company they are interested in. They work on short assessments provided by the employer, then receive a rating, professional feedback, and career advice from both the employer and BAG.
Rwanda announces MEST Africa Challenge Country winner
Written by Brandason, Strategic Communications Firm for the MEST Africa Challenge Home to ' Africa's 1st Silicon Valley,' Rwanda entered the MEST Africa Challenge amid high expectations from the global audience, and in the fourth country final of the competition, Rwanda did not disappoint.
How to grow your Edtech business in Rwanda | Understanding Online Education in 2020 with Ntwali
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Upskilling Rwanda's youth workforce with BAG Innovation
To start, could you tell me a little about BAG Innovation? How does your platform work and who do you intend to serve? Gabriel: BAG Innovation was founded after we realised that more than 70% of university graduates here in East Africa are unemployed in their first year after graduation.
How can we learn better? Both at school and at work? We can start answering that question by exploring how we aren't learning as well as we should.On this week's episode, we get to chat to Jonathan and Shaneil, established professionals and co-hosts of the Young Professional Podcast: Africa Edition.
💼 Some of our projects
bag.rw is a virtual and gamified platform that offers real-time access to experiential learning for University students in Rwanda by collaborating with universities and employers. The company provides interactive assessments for students based on an employer's skill requirements through its platform and personalized career guidance throughout the student journey. Stay in touch: https://bag.rw/
Coach Cards Rwanda
The Coach Cards Rwanda is a deck of cards that functions as a social game for building teams while also allowing friends and family members to get to know each other. Players take turns picking cards, and the aim is for everyone to respond within ten seconds. The cards encourage debate. We've sold more than 2000 cards for individuals and businesses all around the country. Stay in touch: https://www.facebook.com/CoachCardsRwanda
LOOP Acceleration Rwanda
The LOOP Accelerator Rwanda Program in Rwanda aims to amplify eleven high potential education start-ups with founders between 18-25 years. The LOOP Accelerator is the first program of its kind to meet the needs of Rwanda education-based start-ups, who, under normal circumstances, would not have access to similar programs. The program is designed to have a long-lasting impact on these start-ups and the participating entrepreneurs and is designed to accelerate scalable and sustainable businesses that can multiply job creation in the region. The program is implemented with support by GIZ and Make-IT in Africa and is facilitated by BPN Rwanda and BAG Innovation. Stay in touch: https://twitter.com/looprwanda
Do you sell bags?
No, we don't sell bags. BAG stands for Building A Generation.
Where are you based?
Our main office is based in Kigali, Rwanda on the KG 5 Avenue Plot #2 opposite Ubumwe House.
How do I get in contact with you?
You can reach out to us via phone at +250781282604 or via email at email@example.com.