ESPartners (ESP) in partnership with the Mastercard Foundation’s Hanga Ahazaza initiative has launched their fourth call for applications for innovative start-ups to join its Tourism Inc program, an incubator for start-ups in the Tourism and Hospitality sector in Rwanda.

Having graduated two cohorts already, with a third gearing up to join the Alumni community, Tourism Inc is excited to launch its recruitment of the next group of dynamic young entrepreneurs to join this innovative training program.

Inadequate skills, access to financing, and lack of role models are key challenges that prevent youth from starting and growing a business in Tourism and Hospitality in Rwanda and beyond. In response, Tourism Inc plans to select 25 young entrepreneurs in the fourth cohort to receive the right mix of skills-building, financing, and guidance to grow the next generation of leaders in this sector.

ESP is accepting applications now for the fourth cohort of this program. Applicants who meet the following criteria are encouraged to apply:

  • Must be a start-up (or have start-up idea) in the Tourism and Hospitality sector (or supplier to the sector).
  • Must be a young person (18-35 years old).
  • Must be based in Rwanda.
  • Must have a commitment to complete the 6-month program.
  • Women entrepreneurs are highly encouraged to apply.

Apply here:

ESP will be hosting online information sessions to provide interested Tourism and Hospitality entrepreneurs with further details on the program and on how to apply.

For more information:

Visit the ESPartners website: or Contact ESPartners Rwanda by email:

About Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners

Entrepreneurial Solutions Partners (ESP) aims to enable innovative, scalable, and profitable enterprises to build prosperity. Our mission is “to foster entrepreneurial solutions for prosperity.” ESP enables people, firms, institutions, and nations to articulate and implement solutions to their economic challenges.

ESP’s approach is to provide Intelligent Capital™—the right combination of insights and capital—to address critical societal issues. We provide consulting and strategy advisory services to diverse clients, including governments, businesses, and development partners in Africa. We support innovative models and provide leadership training and entrepreneurial boot camps. With offices in Abidjan and Kigali, ESP has been in operation since 2011.

For more information, visit and follow ESP at @es_partners on Twitter.

About the Mastercard Foundation

The Mastercard Foundation works with visionary organizations to enable young people in Africa and in Indigenous communities in Canada to access dignified and fulfilling work. It is one of the largest, private foundations in the world with a mission to advance learning and promote financial inclusion to create an inclusive and equitable world. The Foundation was created by Mastercard in 2006 as an independent organization with its own Board of Directors and management.

For more information on the Foundation, please visit:

For media inquiries, please contact:

Isidore Iradukunda
ESP Program Manager
+250 788 406 076

Nicolas Emane
Partner Program Communication, Mastercard Foundation