Call for student participation at Business of Conservation Conference – Kigali,Rwanda



The Business of Conservation Conference is an ALU initiative convening leaders from conservation and the sectors it intersects with, to promote best practices, strengthen networks and unique partnerships, and collectively tackle these challenges.

Objective: Showcase cutting edge ideas from young conservation leaders and spark ‘out of the box’ ideas and perspectives among conference attendees, seasoned conservation professionals and business leaders in attendance. The poster presentation will also provide a platform for students to interact with leaders in conservation, business, government and media to explore opportunities for young leaders to add value to the sector via internships and partnerships.

Target Audience: High caliber students from universities in and around Rwanda.

Benefits: Networking opportunities, certificate of participation, all-access pass to BCC2019 from September 7th to 9th at the Kigali Convention Center, participation in a special students’ practical workshop on maximizing conferences opportunities and professional development.

Students from the target audience are invited to make submissions that respond to one of the following questions:


Submissions can approach the question through the lens of one or more of these themes:

1. Business Strategy and Investment: Ideas that take an Economics, Finance or Business approach to the questions

2. Program and product design: A space for the coders, inventors and creatives among us

3. Policy and advocacy. Solutions designed to target the legal, political and social elements of the questions

All submissions and presentations should be in one of the following formats:



The competition is open to: Current students of a 3 or 4 year bachelor degree programme who are able to attend the conference

Selection Process

Finalists will be selected based on the following criteria:

❏ Present a disruptive cutting edge idea that can revolutionise the sector
❏ Engender policy change
❏ Are Youth-focused/ develop new talent or have the potential to make high-profit margins at scale
❏ Promote two or more of the SDGs 7 – 9, 11 – 15 or 17.

Application Process

To express your interest in this opportunity, submit a 250 word executive summary expatiating on the idea you would like to present at the conference and a brief bio about yourself on or before July 26th by completing this form. Shortlisted entries
will be contacted by July 31, 2019 and first draft of presentations will be due by August 12, 2019.

Submissions will be presented during the conference on Saturday 7th and Sunday 9th.

For further inquiries please contact the BCC2019 secretariat via email to


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