Business Management & Entrepreneurship

Akilah Institute’s Business Management & Entrepreneurship diploma provides an in-depth understanding of how to bring a business idea to market and key business administration and management concepts. Instructors encourage innovation as students learn to make informed business decisions using data analysis, market research, and problem-solving skills. Students participate in startup competitions and graduate with the global business skills needed to establish their own ventures or join existing ones with an entrepreneurial mindset.

Career Development

Internships in the industry, workplace readiness training, and assistance with career planning and job placement.

Leadership Development:

Over 80 hours of training in community leadership, and completion of a Social Change Project in the final year of study.


“Before I enrolled at Akilah I didn’t have an interest in business, and I used to fear talking to people I didn’t know. But my eyes were opened at Akilah and I realized that doing business is really my passion. I combined my skills from Akilah with research I have been doing for the last three years on the market demand and availability of mushrooms in the country. I have been growing them at my small farm for both consumption and selling. I want to build my own factory, employing 100 people in my community.”

– Pascaline Uwineza ’17
Entrepreneurship Fund ’16 winner
Mushroom farm owner

“I’ve really benefited from knowing how to conduct market research. We used it to decide a location for my business. I interviewed customers and even our competitors to see how their business is going, what makes them unique, what are their weaknesses – so we can improve before opening the business.”

– Souzane Murekatete ’16
Business owner, producing and selling traditional Rwandan goods

Application Requirements

  • Submit an online application form
  • Submit National Exam results with 2 principal passes
  • Intermediate English skills

Academics: Bridge Program

Akilah’s Business Management & Entrepreneurship diploma is a two-year program starting with a seven-week orientation program called the Bridge Program. The Bridge program begins in July and provides an introduction to the Akilah Institute’s high academic expectations. During this program students will meet their instructors and mentors, and begin to set academic goals for their future education and career. The program is designed to introduce and develop skills in English, Mathematics and Information Technology. The Bridge program is mandatory for all incoming students.

Evening & Weekend

kilah is now offering an Evening & Weekend program option for our accredited Business Management & Entrepreneurship diploma on a more flexible schedule for working professionals and women with other commitments during the day. Students will receive all the same benefits as day students including access to our career office (powered by MindSky), our extensive network of employer partners, extracurricular activities (including our debate club, Rwandan national champions!) and much more.

Tuition & Financial Aid

All students must pay tuition (see our program costs here). Akilah offers a loan program for students of the Akilah Institute who demonstrate financial need. In order to participate, students must apply and make a payment of 30% (or 15%) of tuition by the tuition payment deadline. Students who are determined eligible will be offered acceptance into the program, and must formally accept this offer prior to the agreement deadline.