“The Hanga PitchFest has equipped all those who participate with new tools to help you grow your companies. I want to encourage you to take full advantage of the programs and services in our country to help start-up entrepreneurs succeed. More public-private partnerships will be needed to accelerate the growth of this ecosystem, in particular in higher education and research. The most successful start-ups are rooted in science or research and technology. In all advanced economies, eventually which we want ours to be, the linkages between universities and entrepreneurship are deep and productive. In Africa, it’s not going to be any different. I would wish for the finalists great success going forward. You have all our full support, including those who did not succeed, we want them to succeed next time.” President Kagame | Hanga Pitchfest 2021.