Are you a young entrepreneur with a business that aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals? If so, apply now for the Accelerate2030 Program!

Are you a young entrepreneur with a business that aligns with the Sustainable Development Goals? If so, apply now for the Accelerate2030 Program! 

Accelerate2030 Rwanda, a scale-readiness program, seeks to support entrepreneurs from emerging and developing markets to scale up their Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) solutions. Through the program, entrepreneurs will receive support that aims to shape and help them implement their scaling strategy. Entrepreneurs will be taken through a bootcamp and have access toworkshops, coaching, and online support as well access to strategic connections to investors, international organizations, and corporations.  


The Accelerate2030 program seeks innovative youth-led businesses whose solutions are related to the following SDGs: 

  • SDG 7: Affordable and clean energy 
  • SDG11: Sustainable cities and communities 
  • SDG 12: Responsible consumption and production 
  • SDG 13: Climate Action 
  • SDG 15: Life on land 


Selection of business to participate in the program will be based on: 

  • Impact on the SGDs: Your solution must demonstrate effectiveness in addressing substantial issues linked to the SGDs. 
  • Scalability: Your solution must have s 
  •  the potential to be replicated and scaled to other contexts. 
  • Growth stage: Your innovation must show traction and demonstrate impact. 
  • Team skills: Your team must demonstrate ambition and skills to scale your solution. 


Accelerate2030 Rwanda will kick off with online sessions and an inperson bootcamp. After the bootcamp, up to 12 ventures will be selected to continue to the next stage,  where participants will receive personalized coaching, online support and connections to experts and partners. The program will culminate in a Demo Day , where up to 3 ventures will be selected a to represent Rwanda ioKn the global scaling program. Applications close on the 3rd of August 2021.  

To apply for the program, visit: Accelerate2030 Rwanda 

Digital Marketing Mentoring Programme seeks applicants as part of SheTrades Rwanda Project

Digital Marketing Mentoring Programme seeks applicants as part of SheTrades Rwanda Project

The International Trade Center’s Women and Trade Programme invites women-owned businesses to apply for its digital marketing mentoring programme under the SheTrades Rwanda Project. The programme will enable twenty applicants to receive mentorship from a digital marketing expert from from early July to August 2021. 

The SheTrades Rwanda project aims to increase competitiveness of women owned businesses in Rwanda and connect them to markets.The project is a component of the Enhanced Integrated Framework’s funded “Project to Enhance the Effectiveness and Efficiency of Export of Growth Initiatives” managed by the Ministry of Trade and Industry. SheTrades Rwanda plans to improve the business ecosystem to support women’s economic empowerment initiatives and activities by establishing the SheTrades Hub in Rwanda. Additionally, the project intends to increase women-owned businesses’ linkages opportunities in the coffee and horticulture sector.  

 To be eligible for the programme, interested applicants should: 

  • Have 30% of the business owned, managed and controlled by women. 
  • Be legally registered and incorporated business. 
  • Have a residence in Rwanda. 
  • Have an account on 

The deadline for application is July 2nd 2021. 

To apply for this programme, visit: SheTrades Rwanda 

For more information, write to: 

Call for Applications for Entrepreneurs in the Wood Sector

Call for Applications for Entrepreneurs in the Wood Sector  

The National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA), with support from the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH, has established a new Incubator and Accelerator Facility (I/AF) for the wood sector. The main objective of the I/AF is to improve the competitiveness of start-ups and companies in the wood value chain. Selected applicants will participate in 7-8 months incubator/accelerator programs to support them to improve the performance of their businesses, increase their access to the market, and the ability of their companies to compete in the market. The facility will offer a general and tailored set of services for start-ups, companies, and cooperatives from the wood sector, including: 

  • Business advice 
  • Entrepreneurship and business management training 
  • Coaching and mentoring 
  • Access to technical infrastructure 
  • Technical assistance 
  • Market information services 
  • Marketing assistance 
  • Facilitation of financial and investment linkages 
  • Facilitation of linkages for technological upgrading 

The incubator program will target early-stage start-ups with less than 12 months of business operations to increase their competitiveness within the wood processing sector and established entrepreneurs who seek to diversify into the wood sector for the first time. To be eligible for this program, the business has to be new to using wood components.  

The accelerator program will target entrepreneurs, business owners, and management teams in more mature micro, small, medium-sized, or large enterprises and cooperatives in the wood sector. During the program, participants will be given general and tailored assistance to accelerate their growth, attract investors and expand into their market reach nationally, regionally and internationally. Only businesses in the wood sector with more than 12 months of business operations are eligible to apply for the accelerator program. The applications opened on 10th June 2021, and they will close on 25th June 2021, at 12 pm. 

The I/AF program seeks to support companies with the potential to grow and contribute to the development of the wood sector.  

To apply for the Incubation program, visit: National Incubation Program for Wood Sector in Rwanda 

To apply for the Accelerator program, visit: National Accelerator Program for Wood Sector in Rwanda 

For detailed instructions on how to apply, visit Guidelines for Applicants. 


Call for Applications - Cultural Entrepreneurs Lab

Call for Applications – Cultural Entrepreneurs Lab 

Kunda Arts Collective, a platform for creative arts founded by multidisciplinary artists in Rwanda, will be hosting the Cultural Entrepreneurs Lab, a three-day workshop in Kigali from 18th – 20th June 2021. The workshop will support cultural entrepreneurs by equipping them with the relevant business skills and entrepreneurial mindset to grow and sustain their businesses.   

The selected applicants will participate in an interactive workshop where they will learn business skills such as:  

– Financial management
– Digital marketing
– Pricing and negotiation skills &
– Grant writing. 

Additionally, the selected applicants will get an opportunity to network with other successful artists and cultural entrepreneurs to gain insights and knowledge from established artists in the industry.  

To be eligible for this opportunity, interested applicants must be cultural entrepreneurs in music, filmmaking and acting, painting, dancing, poetry and writing, architecture, carpentry or any other artistic discipline. Successful applicants will be required to bring a laptop to participate in Saturday and Sunday sessions. The deadline for applications is 30th May 2021.   

To apply, visit: 𝗞𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗮 𝗔𝗿𝘁𝘀 𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗲𝗰𝘁𝗶𝘃𝗲 


Call for Application – Smart Cities Innovation Programme 

Call for Application – Smart Cities Innovation Programme 

Invest for Jobs, in collaboration with the Rwandan government and Make-IT in Africa, has organized the Smart Cities Innovation Programme (SCIP) to support the growth of digital urban innovations in Rwanda and beyond. 

The six-month accelerator programme will support high potential tech start-ups from Rwanda and other African countries working in the same field of smart cities. The programme is divided into three tracks: smart mobility, smart housing & fintech for affordability, supporting ten start-ups. 

During the programme, selected start-ups will benefit from individual mentoring, training and intensive networking, matchmaking with international business partners and investors. The call for applications officially opened and will run until the 9th of May 2021. 

SCIP will be implemented in collaboration with various partners, including Volkswagen, Siemens, and the African Business Angels Network (ABAN) so that applicants have access to highly specialised technical expertise. Successful start-up applicants will also have the opportunity to use Green City Kigali, Rwanda’s flagship smart city project, to test their solutions and enter the Rwandan market. 

To be eligible for the programme, start-ups must have already launched their tech-enabled product or service on the African market and have customers. Start-ups should also have a high growth and job creation potential and a positive social and/or environmental impact. Finally, start-ups from Rwanda and/or with female members in management are preferred at equal qualification. 

For more information, visit: Smart Cities Innovation Programme’s website 

To apply for this programme, visit: SCIP Application 

In case of questions, reach out to 




E-commerce onboarding webinar for Agri-processing businesses.

E-commerce onboarding webinar for Agri-processing businesses.

The ICT Chamber in partnership with Access to Finance Rwanda have started a project called iHUZO to support SMEs to survive COVID19 pandemic by providing digital on-boarding support through ICT Companies as well as training and linkages to credit providers. The project is working with the Chamber of Young Entrepreneurs to identify potential beneficiary businesses

This upcoming webinar will address the following topics to help Agri-processing businesses develop effective e-commerce strategies.

1. Digital & Online Presence for businesses (for example help to get a discounted or free website)
2. Digital Marketing & Promotion
3. Digital Sales & Transactions (getting listed on top 25 Ecommerce websites)
4. Digital Business & Commerce Skills (trainings)
5. Digital Financial Services e.g Access to Credit from partner banks & Fintechs
6. eLogistics and Fulfilment (delivery services that have been allowed by government to operate during lockdown)

Register now:

AMI to offer 100 Female Entrepreneurs from Rwanda Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs with free business skills training.

AMI to offer 100 Female Entrepreneurs from Rwanda Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs with free business skills training.

The African Management Institute (AMI) is set to provide 100 female entrepreneurs with training in business skills and tools through a one-year partnership agreement signed with the Rwanda Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs operating under the Private Sector Federation. The training will aim to support female entrepreneurs to bounce back from the impact of the coronavirus pandemic on their businesses through training and advisory services. The training will be accessible to women entrepreneurs who have a membership with the Chamber of women entrepreneurs. Successful applicants will have access to two AMI training programs, Business Survival Bootcamp, and Survive to Thrive with new learning content added to address specific challenges faced by female entrepreneurs.

To apply, visit:

For more information, please contact: +250 787 339 435 via SMS or WhatsApp

For more information about the Rwanda Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs membership, contact: or

AMI igiye guha ba rwiyemezamirimo 100 b’abagore bo muri Rwanda Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs amahugurwa ku bumenyi ngiro mu bijyanye n’ubucuruzi.

Afican Management Institute (AMI) igiye guha ba rwiyemezamirimo 100 b’abagore amahugurwa ku bumenyi ngiro n’ibikoresho  mu bijyanye n’ubucuruzi binyuze mu masezerano y’ubufatanye azamara umwaka yagiranye na Rwanda Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs  ikorera mu Rugaga rw’Abikorera. Ayo mahugurwa azaba agamije gufasha ba rwiyemezamirimo b’abagore kuva mu ngorane  ubucuruzi bwabo bwatewe n’icyorezo cyugarije isi cya coronavirus binyuze mu mahugurwa na serivisi z’ubujyanama. Amahugurwa azahabwa ba rwiyemezamirimo b’abagore b’abanyamuryango ba Chamber of women entrepreneurs. Abazemererwa kujya muri ayo mahugurwa bazitabira gahunda z’amahugurwa y’AMI 2  ni ukuvuga amahugurwa yo gukomeza ibigo by’ubucuruzi n’amahugurwa ya gumya ubeho maze ukunguhare,ayo mahugurwa  akazibanda ku bumenyi bushya bwongereweho bwo gukemura ingorane zihariye ba rwiyemezamirimo b’abagore bahura nazo.

Kugira ngo wiyandikishe, sura urubuga:

Niba ukeneye ibindi bisobanuro, ohereza ubutumwa bugufi (SMS) cyangwa ukoreshe Whatsapp kuri nomero ya telefoni: +250 787 339 435

Niba ukeneye andi makuru ku bijyanye n’abanyamuryango ba Rwanda Chamber of Women Entrepreneurs, saba ibisobanuro ukoresheje imeyili aderesi : cyangwa

Free business skills training funded by the Mastercard Foundation available for 2,500 MSMEs through a new partnership between Rwanda Development Board and African Management Institute

Free business skills training funded by the Mastercard Foundation available for 2,500 MSMEs through a new partnership between Rwanda Development Board and African Management Institute


The Rwanda Development Board has signed an agreement with the African Management Institute (AMI) to provide 2,500 MSMEs with free business skills and practical tools to support the country’s recovery following the pandemic. The new partnership, which has been made possible by financial support provided by Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 Response and Resilience Programme, will support Rwanda’s economic recovery strategy of investing in micro, small and medium-sized enterprises.


AMI’s training programmes aim to increase the number of businesses that overcome the challenges brought about by the pandemic, helping them retain jobs and creating additional employment opportunities, particularly for women and young people.


From May to August this year, AMI worked with the SME Response Clinic and offered five Business Survival Bootcamp to train Rwandan business owners and entrepreneurs. We were happy to share skills to help businesses manage difficult times, and we are even more excited to work with 2,500 businesses in the years ahead,” said Diederik Wokke, Rwanda Country Manager, African Management Institute.


AMI will offer two types of free training programmes on an ongoing basis from November 2020 to April 2022:

  • Business Survival Bootcamp – a one-month course designed to help businesses make it through the ongoing crisis with access to engaging and interactive online workshops, digital tools and guidance, and an opportunity to network with other businesses.
  • Survive to Thrive – a six-month advanced course that supports businesses to innovate and prepare for future growth.


The programs will be delivered virtually in Kinyarwanda and English.


The first Business Survival Bootcamp began on 24th November, and the first Survive to Thrive courses will kick-off at the start of 2021. To apply for the programs, visit:


For more information, please contact: +250 787 339 435 via SMS or WhatsApp.

Amahugurwa ku bumenyi ngiro mu bijyanye n’ubucuruzi yatewe inkunga na Mastercard Foundation agenewe Ibigo by’ubucuruzi bito n’ibiciriritse 2.500 (MSME) binyuze mu bufatanye bushya hagati y’Urwego Rushinzwe Iterambere mu Rwanda na African Management Institute

Urwego Rushinzwe Iterambere mu Rwanda rwagiranye amasezerano n’ikigo cya African Institute Management (AMI) yo guha ku buntu Ibigo by’ubucuruzi bito n’ibiciriritse 2.500 (MSME) ubumenyi ngiro mu bijyanye n’ubucuruzi n’ibikoresho byo kwimenyereza mu rwego rwo gufasha igihugu kuzahuka nyuma y’icyorezo cyugarije isi. Ubufatanye bushya, bwagiyeho hifashishijwe inkunga yo mu rwego rw’imari  yatanzwe na Mastercard Foundation’s COVID-19 Response and Resilience Programme, buzatera inkunga ingamba yo kuzahura ubukungu bw’u Rwanda mu rwego rw’ibigo by’ubucuruzi bito n’ibiciriritse.

Gahunda z’amahugurwa za AMI zigamije kuzamura umubare w’ibigo by’ubucuruzi bitsinda ingorane byatewe n’icyorezo cyayogoje isi  zibifasha kugumishaho imirimo isanzweho no gushyiraho andi mahirwe yo guhanga indi mirimo, by’umwihariko ku bategarugori n’urubyiruko.

Bwana Diederik Wokke, Umuyobozi Uhagarariye African Institute Management yaravuze ati : “Kuva muri Gicurasi kugeza muri Kanama uyu mwaka, AMI yakoranye na SME Response Clinic noneho hashyirwaho ingando 5 zikomeza ibigo by’ubucuruzi (Business Survival Bootcamp) zo guhugura abafite ibigo by’ubucuruzi na ba rwiyemezamirimo.Twashimishijwe no gusangira ubumenyi ngiro bwo gufasha ibigo by’ubucuruzi guhangana n’ibihe bikomeye, kandi dushishikajwe kurushaho no kuzakorana  n’ibigo by’ubucuruzi 2.500 mu myaka iri imbere,”.

AMI izakoresha ubwoko bubiri bw’amahugurwa ku buntu ku buryo buhoraho guhera mu Ugushyingo 2020 kugeza muri Mata 2020:

  • Ingando zikomeza ibigo by’ubucuruzi – Amasomo azamara ukwezi agamije gufasha ibigo by’ubucuruzi kwikura mu ngorane birimo muri iki gihe hashyirwaho uburyo bwo kubona no gukora inama nyunguranabitekerezo bagiramo uruhare hakoreshejwe ikoranabuhanga, ibikoresho n’indongozi y’ikoranabuhanga, n’uburyo bwo gushyiraho imikoranire n’ibindi bigo by’ubucuruzi.
  • Gumya ubeho maze ukungahare – isomo ryisumbuyeho rimara amezi 6 rifasha ibigo by’ubucuruzi guhanga udushya no gutegura iterambere ryabyo mu bihe biri imbere.


Amahugurwa azatangwa hakoreshejwe ikoranabuhanga mu Kinyarwanda n’Icyongereza.

Ingando zikomeza Ibigo by’Ubucuruzi ya mbere yatangiye kuwa 24 Ugushyingo naho amasomo ya mbere ya Gumya Ubeho maze ukungahare akazatangira mu ntangiriro za 2021. Kugira ngo usabe gukurikira aya masomo, sura urubuga rwa:

Niba ukeneye ibindi bisobanuro, ohereza SMS kuri: +250 787 339 435 cyangwa ukoreshe WhatsApp.

RICEM offers capacity building services for cooperatives, SMEs, and microfinance institutions in Rwanda

RICEM offers capacity building services for cooperatives, SMEs, and microfinance institutions in Rwanda

The Rwanda Institute of Cooperatives, Entrepreneurs and Microfinance (RICEM), is a specialized vocational institution under the ownership of Association of Microfinance Institutions of Rwanda (AMIR) and the National Cooperative Confederation of Rwanda (NCCR). The institute’s work focuses on providing capacity building services along with other business advisory services to cooperatives, small- and medium-enterprises (SMEs), and microfinance institutions (MFIs) in Rwanda in the form of training, skills transfer, consultancy, and research.

RICEM’s offerings for each sector are as follows:

Cooperatives in Rwanda have a huge role in promoting inclusive, sustainable development and economic transformation of the country. The cooperative sector are a unique form of a self-help group that involves pooling members’ resources to realize economies of scope and scale. However, cooperatives face several challenges such as limited information and awareness of existing policies, laws, regulations, and internal rules among several others. RICEM as a specialized vocational institution offers different modules to address the challenges faced by cooperatives such as effective governance, effective leadership and cooperative management among others. Click here to learn more.


The state of entrepreneurship has greatly improved in Rwanda with reform campaigns and policies that address business regulations. These have transformed the private sector and made it easier to do business and promote the entrepreneurship sector. However, the entrepreneurship sector still faces several challenges that hinder its players from turning their business ideas into sustainable high-growth businesses that would drive Rwanda towards its vision for growth such as business laws and regulations, business management, business planning among others. Click here to learn more about the specific modules RICEM offers to address these challenges.

RICEM is aware of the critical role the microfinance sector plays in providing financial services in Rwanda. The landscape of the microfinance market over the course of time has changed greatly, and institutions in the sector are becoming increasingly more formal. They have been driven towards focusing on improving efficiency by retaining clients and identifying new clients interested in the financial services offered. Technological advancements have induced new modern ways of offering services which are quicker and more efficient. RICEM provides specific modules to support the development of microfinance such as effective governance for MFIs, effective leadership for MFIs and strategic management for MFIs among others. Click on the here to learn more about RICEM’s approach towards addressing challenges faced by the Microfinance sector.

RICEM has facilities that can conduct 8 training programs at a time including those conducted online, and each facility can accommodate from 25-35 participants given the current situation, but in case of normal situations, training facilities can accommodate 50 to 70 participants according to training standards. RICEM short term training programs can last for 3-5 days/week and long term training programs can last up to a year. RICEM has served over 526 participants from 219 non-financial cooperatives, 255 participants from 35 MFIs/SACCOS and 1409 participants from SMEs since the start of 2020.

For more information, please contact: +250783551066 or

Embracing Digital Literacy program available for women entrepreneurs

Embracing Digital Literacy program available for women entrepreneurs

The Africa Women’s Entrepreneurship Program Rwanda (AWEP Rwanda) in partnership with the US Embassy is offering an opportunity for women entrepreneurs to acquire different skills they need to further their businesses through the Embracing Digital Literacy training program. AWEP Rwanda is an outreach, education, and engagement initiative that targets women entrepreneurs. Through the program, participants will learn skills in:

  1. Market Searching
  2. Business Communication
  3. Designing Marketing Materials
  4. Effective Business Locating
  5. Budgeting

The program is meant to be very interactive and practical, and entrepreneurs will learn both skills on how to incorporate ICT tools in their business activities as well as gain access to a forum of women entrepreneurs that will extend beyond the length of the program. Program participants will also have the opportunity to be able to join the AWEP Rwanda network.

To be eligible for the program, women entrepreneurs must be between the ages of 18 and 35 and have a legally registered business. Proof of registration will be required as part of the application process.

The program will take place in four districts of Kigali, Huye, Kayonza, and Rubavu. The program in Kigali will take place from 19th to 20th of November 2020. Dates for other districts will be communicated later.

For more information and application details, click here: Application Details

For any questions, please contact: +250 788 358 891 or