Sinapis partnered with a group of individuals in Burundi to start the Sinapis Aspire Launchpad in late 2020. Sinapis was connected with this group of missionally-aligned business people in Burundi through other connections in the faith-based microfinance space. The partnership officially joined with CUFORE in 2022. CUFORE (Centre Universitaire de Formation et Recherche en Entrepreneuriat) is part of the Universite Lumiere of Bujumbura, a Christian university that has been building leaders for over 30 years in Burundi. The team is committed to seeing Kingdom entrepreneurs in Burundi grow and thrive in a difficult business environment in one of Africa’s poorest countries.

Many entrepreneurs have graduated from the Aspire Launchpad in Burundi. Half of these graduates take the program in French, and half take it in English. The team in Burundi will continue to use both versions to reach entrepreneurs in the capital city of Bujumbura.

You can learn more at: CUFORE | Université Lumière de Bujumbura

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“Businesses develop countries. They unlock talents and skills, creating jobs and wealth. Microfinance and other development initiatives are doing a tremendous job to untie those at the bottom of the pyramid to begin their upward movement, but more support is needed to move these heroes into the formal economy. A vibrant small and medium-sized enterprise (SME) sector made up of the middle class has the ability to initiate the positive and lasting transformations that our society desperately needs, allowing us to definitively overcome the battle against poverty.”

"Sinapis has hugely contributed to our business's growth, sustainability, and success. They have helped link us to potential investors/funding opportunities, publicized our business to the market, and provided ongoing strategic advice."

Leah Imaita
Co-Owner, Jazza Centre

"This is one program every business owner should consider enrolling in. The benefits are immeasurable. I'm a beneficiary. Thank you, Sinapis!"

Joseph Gichunge
Co-Founder & CEO, Jazza Centre

"Sinapis gave me a full kit to use to start my business."

Niyonzima Pierre
CEO & Founder, Safe Sana

"At Sinapis I gained the skills I needed in order to manage my business. I also learned how to raise funds from investors."

Murerwa Xavier
CEO, Gishuri Chicken Organic Farm

"Sinapis was instrumental in improving my general business management, time allocation, and building strong networking connections."

Geoffrey Kinaalwa
CEO & Founder, La' Marc

"The Sinapis Entrepreneur Academy unit economics class helped me determine my unit and how much it costs for me to produce one."

Alex Wanyu
Founder, Alexander Perfumery LTD

"When we started our Sinapis classes, we were asked to pick one business. I chose a new venture I was getting into - speaking. I would never have imagined that just over a year later I would be speaking on the biggest stage - TED. May this be a testimony that Kingdom business has a benefit here and in Heaven."

Robert A. Belle
CEO, SMIP Consultancy

"Sinapis gave me conviction to know that you can still do business the right way - The Kingdom Business Way. You do not have to bribe or pay your way into a contract. Hard work, faith, and prayer works wonders. I am truly grateful for this."

Brian Gacheru
CEO, Pristine Linen & Laundry Limited

"I loved the Kingdom Business aspect and approach in the program. I am more enlightened than I was when I joined the program. It is very worthwhile."

Margaret Njenga
Founder, Margarita Bakes