As an entrepreneur, one must take on responsibility of one’s own communities and become a role model for future entrepreneurs. For that purpose, the DigiCenter hosted a virtual meeting for interested community members to talk about failures and role models because these topics do often not get the necessary attention. However, every entrepreneur faces them at some point. So let’s talk about them!
With this in mind, the online event Key Elements of Entrepreneurship was born. The event was moderated by Alicia Mugabo from the DigiCenter and Mafer Betancourt from Impact Hub Kigali. This online session opened the discussion for Rwandan entrepreneurs about the importance of role models and success and failure stories. The panel consisted of different Rwandan entrepreneurs from different private sector companies like DMM.HeHe, Yummy n Fresh, BAG Innovation, Exuus and ISG Advisory.
Why role models are important
Understanding and embracing failures
On the topic of failure, all panelists agreed that failure is often swept under the rug. Moreover, it is very important not only for entrepreneurs but people in general to acknowledge their failures. Consequently, Pearl, Philip, and Clarisse spoke about how big businesses motivate entrepreneurs when they take the initiative to talk about the difficulties they have faced. Yussouf emphasized the point that failure is part of a company’s culture, and it is okay to make mistakes.