Hutzpa Center for Innovation and Development: Young Innovation Leaders Fellowship, Rwanda

Deadline: 30 April 2019

Hutzpa Center for Innovation and Development is currently inviting applicants for its Young Innovation Leaders (YIL) Fellowship, a four-month scholarship training programme in Innovation Leadership. It is a platform that empowers young professionals in Africa to emerge as influencers and inspirers of innovation in their spheres.

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Participants are trained by global experts to identify opportunities, proffer solutions, improve systems, and scale up excellence using innovation concepts and methods.


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The theme of the Y.I.L Fellowship is “scaling up excellence”. The fellowship programme includes: lectures, plenary sessions, workshops, and demonstrations. Important aspects of the training are: the challenge phase, the accelerator, the internship, and the mentorship.

Insightful subthemes that will be covered in the lectures include:

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  • Leadership in Innovation and Innovation in Leadership: In this subject, profound insights will be drawn on how individual leaders can inspire and influence others for optimum performance, and how innovation in leadership will become a key differentiator between organizations that thrive and those that do not.
  • Innovation Trends: Innovation trends across industries is a non-exhaustive subject. Here, experts will lead participants in a dive into the technological waves, advances, opportunities and threats industries are facing today.
  • Innovation Management: Innovation is data-driven and iterative. Here, experts will expose participants to innovation management subjects such as innovation strategy, adoption, execution, measurement, and idea management.
  • Other aspects of the curriculum will include: plenary sessions with industry captains, workshops with experts, and demonstration of skills and gamification in leadership with expert facilitators.


  • Participants become YIL Fellows and receive privileged access to mentorship and resources for career growth
  • Annual in-person gathering of industry champions to exchange ideas and discuss value creation
  • Membership to the fastest growing network of excellent leaders
  • Access to mentors from a pool of global industry experts
  • Opportunity to mentor young excellent minds
  • Participate in job fairs of leading global companies in Rwanda
  • Acquire skills to be an innovation leader through continuing professional education
  • Career counseling from global career experts
  • Full scholarship plus monthly stipends during the duration of the programme
  • Opportunity to works in teams to develop a novel technology while working on capstone projects


It is phased into three parts:

  • The Pre-Challenge Training: Participants receive intensive training from global experts on innovation management and leadership in Kigali, Rwanda. (26th June – 29th June, 2019)
  • The Challenge phase: Participants are involved in capstone projects for four months. (1st July – 30th October, 2019)
  • The Post-Challenge Training: Participants undergo another week of intensive training, which will include evaluation of capstone projects in Lagos, Nigeria. (16th October – 19th October, 2019)

How to Apply

Interested applicants can apply online via given website.

Eligible Country: Rwanda

For more information, please visit

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