Running a Software Startup Accelerator with Rob Rickard (The Rwanda Build Program) #SGVirtual

Apr 30, 2020, 4:30 – 5:30 PM

Startup Grind Kigali is excited to host Rob Rickard on a fireside chat for the Mentorship Month. Rob is an entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, and mentor for tech start-ups. He will be sharing his entrepreneurship journey in Rwanda both as an entrepreneur and mentor.

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About this event

To mark the Startup Grind Mentorship Month, we are excited to host Rob Rickard on a fireside chat where he will be sharing his entrepreneurship journey in Rwanda while running and mentoring software startups as part of his software startup accelerator, The Rwanda Build Program.

Rob Rickard, Director and Founder of the Rwanda Build Program, is an entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, and mentor for tech start-ups in Rwanda for the last 7 years. The Rwanda Build Program (RWBuild) is a startup accelerator for software startups in Kigali with the overall goal of the program to elevate the culture of building and publishing software with a business model in Rwanda. Rob also serves as a mentor at kLab and is an owner of an American tech consulting company, Common World Inc.

Why attend?

Learn what it takes to run software teams in Rwanda with a focus on startups. Also, how to best manage and mentor software teams while working remotely, especially during the COVID-19 lockdown. Learn from a speaker with global software and entreprenuership experience, and who is building multiple tech based products/services in Rwanda. Most importantly - get to connect with the Kigali community of entrepreneurs, investors and founders working hard to make the world a better place.

If you're new to the city, our events are a great opportunity to meet in person experts within the local ecosystem.

RSVP to join us on Thursday!

Exclusive application for 1:1 Mentorship with an AWS expert

As a Startup Grind community member, you are invited to apply for our exclusive AWS + Startup Grind Mentorship Program as part of the Mentorship Month.

Selected applicants will have the opportunity to participate in a one-on-one mentor session to get guidance on how to grow and develop your business and allow you to get first-hand advice from experts in your field. We offer 5 distinct mentoring tracks that you can choose from, including Fundraising, Product, Marketing, Sales, or Strategy & Ops, and you will get paired with an AWS expert in the field of your choice. All sessions are held remotely, and the program is completely free for all participants.

Apply today!

Check out what happened


  • Rob Rickard

    The Rwanda Build Program





Thursday, April 30, 2020
4:30 PM – 5:30 PM UTC


4:30 PMWelcome & Introduction to Startup Grind and Sponsors
4:35 PMFireside Chat with Rob Rickard
5:05 PMAsk Me Anything
5:20 PMNetworking & Community Updates


  • Abhinav Gautam

    FreshBox Rwanda Ltd.



  • Teklehaimanot Embaye


    Chapter Director


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