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Norrsken Kigali will become East Africa’s largest hub for entrepreneurship and innovation

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kIGALI - THE GATEWAY TO EAST AFRICA

We are creating a space where people can forge meaningful connections, spur innovation, and grow their businesses to create scalable economic and social development. The hub will house a mix of start-ups, incubators, VCs, accelerators and corporates, forming an ecosystem that enables entrepreneurs to tackle the world’s toughest problems.

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30+ MEETING ROOMS
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SKYPE BOOTHS
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QUIET AREA
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TEAM AREAD
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PHOTo AND VIDEO STUDIO
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CONFERENCE ROOMS
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EVENT SPACE
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PERSONAL LOCKERS
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WHITEBOARDS
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PLAYROOM
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WORKSHOP ROOMS
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MEDITATION ROOM
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GYM DISCOUNT
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Rwanda is known as the “Land of a Thousand Hills”.

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You can start a business in 48 hours in Rwanda.

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Rwanda has the world’s highest representation of women in parliament. 64% of Rwanda’s members of parliament are women.

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In 2007, Rwanda became the first country in the world to legislate an outright ban on plastic bags.

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Between 2001 and 2012, real GDP growth in Rwanda averaged 8.1% per annum.

THE LAUNCHPAD FOR
IMPACTFUL ROCKETS

Norrsken Foundation is building East Africa’s largest hub for entrepreneurship and innovation in the old premises of the Ecole Belge in downtown Kigali. When Norrsken purchased the site in 2019, it had been vacant since the school’s relocation in 2017. Norrsken now aims to revive one of the most important landmarks in Kigali and turn it into a place where education, innovation and entrepreneurship will join to generate solutions for scalable growth and development in Kigali and throughout the region.


COMMUNITY AND NETWORK
IMPACT ECOSYSTEM

Sitting at Norrsken, you're not just sharing a space together with a bunch of strangers, you are part of something bigger. With over 120 companies working on new ideas in different areas of technology and social entrepreneurship, there is always something to talk about, and more ideas pop up every day.

And it's not only the people working around you that will form part of your network, the house also attracts a lot of attention from the outside. Throughout the day, visitors from all kinds of sectors pass through the building, among them investors, politicians and heads of big tech companies.

MEET STELLA, OUR SUPERSTAR OPERATIONS MANAGER.


At Norrsken we love people who get good sh*t done. What’s your biggest brag?
Hahaha, well I think being able to master the art of being charming. I want to believe that I am charming (She is! /Team) and getting good sh*t done at the same time.

What have you done before?
I have a background in Electrical Engineering and started off my career in a satellite communication company in Germany, then gained experience in ICT sector regulation and policy implementation as well as managing cross functional teams to develop and implement software systems and applications for both government and private sector. 

Wow, rockstar qualities. And when you are not working, what are you up to?
I volunteer in mentoring young girls and women to join STEM because we need more women representation in these fields. 

Now that we have an insider, we are curious to get to know Kigali.If you had never been, and only had 24 hours in Kigali, what would you do? What would you see? Where and what would you eat?

Visit the Genocide memorial, its a must see, then hop on a moto or taxi and go to the Ubumwe Grand Hotel rooftop downtown and you will have a 360° view of beautiful Kigali and make sure to eat brochettes and your favourite cocktail or beer or tea.

Meatballs. Greta. Ikea. Nobel prize. That’s all people know about Sweden. What do people know about Rwanda?
It’s the land of a thousand hills, amazing coffee and mountain gorillas.

What makes you THE MOST excited about Norrsken House in East Africa?
Supporting entrepreneurs to create tangible impact and at the end of it all be able to produce unicorns. We need unicorns in Kigali and Africa!

Finally, a simple question: what will the world look like in 2050?
I hope we all go to Mars, but until then I think the world will be at the mercy of exponential technology if not governed with diligence. At Norrsken we are so lucky to get to support an excellent pool of entrepreneurs that will solve the challenging problems our world will face in 2050 and beyond.

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