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Welcome to Accelerate2030 – Rwanda

 

Accelerate2030 is the world’s largest program supporting entrepreneurs from developing and emerging markets to scale their solutions for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

Accelerate2030 Rwanda is a scale-readiness program consisting of a bootcamp, workshops, coaching, online support and strategic connections. 

We leverage the expertise and reach of the global Impact Hub network, United Nations organizations, corporates, investors and expert partners to bring impact to scale! 

Are you a start-up and want to scale your impact?

 

Accelerate2030 – Rwanda identifies the most innovative youth-led startups in Rwanda tackling the Sustainable Development Goals, and supports them to scale their impact nationally, regionally and globally. 

Join a global community of entrepreneurs, corporates, UN agencies, investors and expert partners across 20+ locations across the world!

Why join Accelerate2030?

Through the Accelerate2030 Scale Readiness program, we enable you to shape and implement your scaling strategy. We build a program based on your specific needs and connect you with experts, mentors, and partners with the mission to scale your impact.

Expert support

Clinics and workshops, and access to mentors and coaches and sector experts.

Strategic connections

We connect you with investors, international organizations, and corporations.

Visibility and positioning

 We help you step out of your comfort zone and step onto the stage.

Global opportunities

Top ventures are nominated to the Accelerate2030 Global Scaling Program.

2021 Focus Areas

Accelerate2030 Rwanda supports youth-led solutions to any SDG. Particularly, we are looking at solutions that are related to SDGs 7, 11, 12, 13, & 15, with the aim of contributing to the sustainable transformation of the country.

Bring your Impact to Scale

Million funds raised during the program

Recommend Accelerate2030 to a peer entrepreneur

Increased their readiness to scale

Expert mentorship & coaching hours

Who can join?

If you are an innovative youth-led business tackling a pressing social and/or environmental  issue related to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, and ready to invest what it takes to bring your venture to the next level – then  APPLY for the program!

 We select ventures based on their:

Impact on the SDGS

Your solution effectively addresses a substantial issue linked to the SDGs.

Scalability

Your solution has the potential to be replicated and scaled to other contexts.

Growth Stage

Your venture shows traction and demonstrates impact already.

Skillfull Team

Your team demonstrates ambition and skills to scale your solution.

APPLY NOW

To become part of a global community of entrepreneurs and partners with the mission to bring impact to scale!

Program timeline

Accelerate2030 provides one-of-a-kind scaling support to entrepreneurs through a National Scale-Readiness Programs in over 20 countries worldwide, followed by a Global Scaling Program hosted out of Geneva for those with the highest international scaling potential.

Accelerate2030 Rwanda will kick off with online sessions and an in person bootcamp. After the bootcamp, up to 12 ventures will be selected to continue to the next stage, which will include personalized coaching, online support and connections to experts and partners. The Demo Day is the culmination of the program, where up to 3 ventures are selected and nominated to represent Rwanda in the global scaling program. The key dates in Rwanda are:

Applications open

 

7th July

Applications close

3rd August

Program kick-off & Bootcamp

for up to 20 ventures

16th August – 29th August

Coaching & Online support

for up to 12 ventures

23rd August – mid October

Demo day & Global nominations

 

Mid September

Geneva Scaling Week

26th November -5th December

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the main components of the Accelerate2030 Scale-Ready program?

The program offers personalized guidance, workshops, mentoring, peer support, retreats and online course content, in 5 major pillars:

  1. Leadership & Resilience – We support entrepreneurs to align their inner purpose with their greater impact vision. A2030 focuses on enhancing leadership skills, and integrating practices for increased resilience and wellbeing. 
  2. Scaling Strategy – We help to formulate the most effective scaling strategy, summarized in a clear scaling roadmap with key performance indicators and key areas of support needed.
  3. Access to Finance – Assisting entrepreneurs to mobilize the resources needed to scale, through investment readiness support and connections with relevant sources of funding. 
  4. Impact Measurement – We help to measure, manage and communicate impact, including their Theory of Change, Key Performance Indicators, and aligning their impact metrics with the SDGs.
  5. Access to Networks and Partners – We provide strategic connections, expert mentorship and networking opportunities with sector experts, investors, corporates, UN agencies and other relevant stakeholders.

What are the exact dates of the program?

The program is now open for applications until 3rd August. The National Scale-Readiness Program will run between 16th August– 15th September, 2021. The nominations for the global phase and the international selection will take place mid September. The Global Scaling Week will take place between 26th November – 5th December.

Where does Accelerate2030 take place?

Accelerate2030 takes place across 20+ locations globally, including Rwanda. The program has a few phases taking place in different locations:

  • The National Scale-Readiness Program takes place locally in Kigali, Rwanda (includes bootcamp, coaching and online support)
  • Global Scaling Week takes place in Geneva between 26th Nov – 5th Dec (TBC, based on developments with travel restrictions connected to the COVID-19) 
  • Global Scaling Support phase takes place virtually, following the Global Scaling Week.

What are the requirements to be accepted into Accelerate2030?

In general, we look for youth-led ventures that meet the following requirements:

  • Impact on the SDGs – Does the solution effectively addresses a substantial problem linked to the SDGs? Does the solution have potential for significant future impact on the SDGs?
  • Scalability – Does the solution and/or the business model have the potential to be replicated and scaled?
  • Growth stage – Is the venture demonstrating impact already? Does the venture have a clear and strong revenue model, with established operations and sales? 
  • Innovation: Is the solution solving the problem in an innovative way? 
  • Motivated and skillful team – Does the team have the appropriate skills to grow the venture and to scale their solution? Does the team demonstrate ambition and genuine motivation?

 

I don’t speak English, is it a problem?

The National Scale-Readiness Bootcamp and online support will be conducted in English. Additional content will be offered by global partners of the Program in English. You will need a team representative who speaks and understands well English.  Additionally, for the Global phase, having a company representative fluent in English will be a requirement.

Will we receive an investment if our company is selected?

The program does not provide any type of direct financial investment. However, through the Access to Finance component, the program supports you in advancing your readiness  to access the needed funding, and provides connections with funding sources. The last global cohort of the program  raised 6Mill+ USD.

Are there costs associated with program participation?

No, there are no costs to participate in the National Scale Readiness program.

APPLY NOW

To become part of a global community of entrepreneurs and partners with the mission to bring impact to scale!

Upcoming Events

Accelerate2030 Information Webinar

Join a information session to learn more about the program, the eligibility criteria and application process.

Friday, 23rd July 3:00 – 4:00 PM (GMT+2)

Register HERE 

Accelerate2030 Information Webinar

Join a information session to learn more about the program, the eligibility criteria and application process.

Thursday, 29th August 5:00 – 6:00 PM (GMT+2)

Register HERE  

Impact Water

“Our connection to the global Impact Hub network has been very useful. We’ve been able to engage with fellow entrepreneurs and our local Impact Hub in Nigeria. Working with my Accelerate2030 coach was one of the best experiences, which helped both me and my team. A very big thank you to the Accelerate2030 team for creating the platform and for bringing value to entrepreneurs from different parts of the globe!”

SAMUEL ODUNAYA
Associate Director  

Our Impact

Accelerate2030 connects a like-minded community of SDG-inspired entrepreneurs, large companies, development agencies, governments, UN agencies, investors and others, who want to contribute with their expertise, resources and networks towards a shared mission of building a better more sustainable economy and society.

Our Trusted Partners

Accelerate2030 connects a like-minded community of SDG-inspired entrepreneurs, large companies, development agencies, governments, UN agencies, investors and others, who want to contribute with their expertise, resources and networks towards a shared mission of building a better more sustainable economy and society.

Initiated and led by

Founding Partner

Implementing Partners in Rwanda

The project operates within the framework of the YouthConnekt initiative. 

Global Partners