ENTREPRENEURSHIP CHANGES EVERYTHING
The future of the African continent relies on whether the best young leaders can start the businesses that will employ and empower the continent. The Accelerate Academy recruits, trains, mentors, and invests in the best young entrepreneurs in Rwanda – preparing them to thrive as business leaders.
HOW DOES THE ACADEMY WORK?
Out of hundreds of applications, each summer we choose the top 100 brightest young entrepreneurs to attend a three-day entrepreneurship summit to learn from successful business men and women from East Africa & the United States.
The top entrepreneurs will be selected from the Accelerate Summit to join the Accelerate Academy — an exclusive entrepreneurship fellowship providing the skills, mentorship, and start up capital to successfully build a thriving business.
Groups of global investors join us for an exciting pitch event where the best ventures receive seed capital investments. In 2016, we invested nearly $40,000 in 12 unique businesses. All fellows are invited to stay with the Academy for 2 years and mentor future fellows.
MEET THE ACCELERATE FELLOWS
YOUTH ENGAGED IN APITHERAPY LTD
Bonaventure is a professional beekeeper who manufactures and sells honey and wax to local stores and markets.
Charlotte repurposes worn out clothing and shoes to sell them at an affordable price. The shoes are beautiful, strong, and affordable enough to sell to students and teachers at her university!
CARE COSMETICS LTD
Egide uses his skills as a trained health scientist to manufacture skin care produces from Aloe Vera. His products aren’t just used for beauty, but also to treat skin issues.
Emmanuel is improving agriculture and ending hunger by providing irrigation services to farmers–allowing them to harvest produce all year.
MASAKA LEATHER PRODUCTS
Emmanuel designs and crafts beautiful shoes from leather in a shop he shares with other craftsmen. His dream is to open up his own store and sell his shoes online!
TEEBAH FILM VILLAGE LTD
Emmanuel has a passion for storytelling that combines his love of electronic gadgets and film. He started a video production company that helps individuals and institutions tell their story in beautiful ways.
Evelyne & Justine
MEET EVELYNE & JUSTINE
Evelyne & Justine market quality hand-woven items to schools and other large institutions.
CENTER FOR INNOVATION RWANDA LTD
Fabrice is not only creating a new world of digital marketing in Rwanda, but he also uses it as a platform to support his NGO that protects women and children’s rights.
WELL KEEPING OUR ENVIRONMENT
Fidele’s love of creativity matched his knowledge of science to create an innovative stove that cooks faster and more efficiently that others on the market.
INDOOR BARBERSHOP LTD
INDUSTRY: HEALTH & BEAUTY
Francis designed a unique service in Rwanda — mobile haircuts. Francis and his team travel from school to school, providing barber services to the students in a convenient and cost-effective way.
NEW HILLS LTD
Gabriel founded New Hills Ltd. with the goal of repairing and maintaining ICT equipment for local businesses.
JABANA BRIGHT ANGELS NURSERY SCHOOL
Geoffrey wanted to provide a strong educational foundation for the kids in his community, so he founded Jabana’s Bright Angels Nursery. His is the only school teaching young people age 3-6 in Jabana, Rwanda.
IBYIWACU BAMBOO LTD
Gitori and his partners saw bamboo plants going to waste, and decided to turn them into beautiful pieces of furniture.
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MEET HENRI CARL
By employing more than 50 local farmers, Heni Carl has created the first instant coffee company in Rwanda.
Jacqueline trains local youth to produce beautiful jewelry and glass pieces specifically for weddings and special occasions — often repurposing materials such as plastic bottles!
James is improving access to educational materials and information through an online resource for students, teachers, researchers, parents, and the general public.
K-U SOCIAL LTD
Jane partners with local artisans to make and sell authentic Rwandan woven accessories.
GREEN TECH HUB
Janvier has always loved business, so he founded Green Tech Hub to import electronics from Dubai and the US and sell to small businesses in Rwanda.
HIZA REFORM LTD
MEET JEAN MARIE
With motorcycles being the primary method of transportation in Kigali, Jean Marie saw an opportunity. He is shifting the reputation of moto drives from unreliable and dangerous to safe and convenient.
MEET JEAN PIERRE
When he finished university, Jean Pierre decided that his next step would be to open a pig farm instead of pursuing graduate school as his family asked. His business is growing and his piglets are thriving, positioning Peter’s farm as an up-and-coming company!
INZIRA DREAMZ NETWORK
Jeanette empowers youth and women to lead through capacity-building activities such as leadership coaching and self-awareness trainings. She also teaches her program participants to create beautiful products out of recycled materials to provide for themselves and their families.
HOUSE OF HIPPO LTD
Jordan creates high-end fashion design and tailoring services for men and women. His dream is to grow his business into a nationally-recognized fashion brand!
ELCOBUS WORDK TOOL LTD
Lea provides financial, administrative, and printing services to business owners across Kigali.
MEET LEON FIDELE
Leon Fidele created Keeps Rabbits as a way for young people to learn responsibility and make some extra money for school. He provides young animals to rural kids to care for, and then splits the profits with them after the sale of a mature rabbit.
MARIE CHANTAL & GLORIA
BABY COMFORT SEAT
MEET MARIE CHANTAL & GLORIA
Marie Chantal and Gloria design chairs made from sisal, a local form of the agave plant, that are comfortable and safe for babies and children.
NTAMATI PIGS PARK
Mathilde uses every piece of land at Ntamati Pigs Park to provide for her business. Recently she introduced many types of fruits, expanding the business from pigs to fruit!
HABAGRIAS TECH LTD
Olivier began farming to support his family of seven siblings, but his love for bananas and chickens grew into a thriving enterprise. Olivier loves learning and teaching others about his innovative farming methods.
INFOTECH SERVICES LTD
With the ultimate vision of using his profits to mentor and support Rwandan street kids, Regis built his own business delivering office and school supplies to local schools and businesses.
POSH CREATIVE LTD
Samantha trains talented and hardworking women in rural areas to produce fashion-forward shoes, hats, and purses for sale throughout Rwanda.
THE FRESH RESTAURANT
Saphani and his brother founded The Fresh Restaurant when they were in high school with the goal of providing delicious and affordable food to their community.
Schadrack created his shop with the goal of providing high quality clothing and shoes made in Rwanda to university students.
Shimwa calls himself “the human printer” because of his ability to paint beautifully accurate portraits more quickly than any other painter. He and his team work in creativity and precision to produce wonderful pieces of art.
AGACIRO K’IWACU YOUNG INITIATIVE LTD
INDUSTRY: FINANCIAL SERVICES
Theophile created an innovative way to provide health insurance to those living in poor rural communities. Through the organization of community saving groups, his business now enables struggling families to care for their health.
MEET THE ACCELERATE ALUMNI
SAN COMPANY LTD
Aime Christian sells raw and roasted coffee beans to stores across Rwanda.
MEET ALAIN CHRISTIAN
Alain cultivates and sells mushroom to small restaurants and individuals throughout Rwanda.
SANIT WING LTD
Alexandre manufactures soaps using local materials like avocado oil and aloe vera. Sanit Wing produces both beauty products and industrial cleaning materials.
Alice & Ariane
INDUSTRY: SOLAR ENERGY
MEET ALICE & ARIANE
Using 3D printing, Ariane and Alice design solar devises for mobile chargers, lamps, and computer bags with a goal of providing power for those living in rural villages and refugee camps.
SASHA ELECTRONICS LTD
Alphonse owns a retail shop specializing in electronics for the home and office.
Anais mixes African and western inspirations in her clothing and jewelry design to create a unique style for her customers.
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Arnold is the creator of a conference management mobile application that helps event planners find and coordinate large and small scale events in and around Kigali. Recently his business expanded to include consultation for local companies in mobile app development.
Basile developed an innovative solution to increase the shelf-life of tomatoes, providing this Rwandan staple even when they aren’t in season.
Blandine created and publishes a magazine focused on parenting advice and maternal health. She looks forward to transitioning all of this valuable information onto a mobile app to provide up-to-date information to all.
Christa started Student Micro-Lending after noticing a common struggle amongst women in University — a lack of resources to pay for their education. Her unique model helps women bypass debt and pay forward opportunities to other women.
YOUTH FOR AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
Christophe’s company grows and sells seasonal fruits and vegetables — from eggplants to papaya — to local markets in Rwanda. They also train young people in agribusiness initiatives, encouraging entrepreneurship and agricultural development.
INDUSTRY: ONLINE COMMERCE
Christophe started one of Rwanda’s first online platforms where people can purchase products and have them delivered to their home or office.
KIGALI MAINTENANCE MADE EASY
Claudien has a passion for craftsmanship and beautiful construction. Through Kigali Maintenance Made Easy he builds custom pieces of furniture and home repairs while introducing the option for interior design.
Collins is determined to help University students find an affordable meal option. His business sells quick and delicious meals near Rwandan Universities.
CHICKEN QUEEN LTD.
Fabiola is combating malnutrition by selling chickens to families in Rwandan communities.
TYTYNE CHICKENS FARM
Florentine’s Tytyne Chicken Farm raises chicks from incubation up to 1 month then sells them to local markets.
Frank and his partners at Gravity Rwanda produce some of the leading digital designs in Kigali. From graphic design and web development to photography and copywriting, Gravity Rwanda does it all.
DHCHIS CONSTRUCTION SOLUTIONS
Henri’s company mines and sells stone materials suitable for large and small scale construction projects across Rwanda.
HONORE TOURS & TRAVEL RWANDA
Honore offers a range of guided trips in the Land of a Thousand Hills, from birdwatching and gorilla trekking to cultural emersion experience showcasing Rwanda’s heritage.
Seraphina is a fashion brand weaving Rwandan culture and tradition with innovative and contemporary designs.
ELTD ECOLOGICAL SANITATION OF RWANDA LTD
Innocent sells water-treatment devices for water purification systems across Rwanda
RWANDA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LTD
Jackson is using recycled organic materials to create briquettes for cooking over charcoal stoves.
GENUINE LASER SHOP
MEET JEAN PAUL
Jean Paul started a laser engraving business with four employees who laser cut photos, logos, and marketing material on wood, leather, metal, and more.
ROUND DESIGNS LTD
INDUSTRY: COMMUNICATIONS & IT
Jean Claude provides communication designs, IT Solutions and printing services to small businesses and NGOs in Rwanda.
TECH RIDE LTD
MEET JEANNE D’ARC
Jeanne d’Arc is the founder of Tech Ride, a mobile app helping Rwandans purchase bus tickets from their cell phones.
SOCIAL ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING LTD
Joe’s company provides affordable and environmentally friendly housing to communities across Rwanda in order to promote social equity and move towards sources of clean energy.
John starting a high-quality recording studio for local musicians and film producers, and offers a space for live performances.
INDUSTRY: HEALTH & BEAUTY
Capitalizing on Africa’s cellphone boom, at Joselyne’s Blossom Salon customers can book appointments online — a new feature for most businesses in Rwanda.
NSHUTI HOME OF VIDEO GAMES
Lambert created a location where customers pay by the hour to play their favorite games.
KIGALI PSYCH CENTER
INDUSTRY: MENTAL HEALTH
Stemming from his own experience and story, Majeste opened and operates a psychological service center for Rwandans affected by PTSD.
MARIE JEANNE & JAPHET
UWRWAMBARIO SHOE HUB
INDUSTRY: FASHION RETAIL
MEET MARIE JEANNE & JAPHET
Marie Jeanne & Japhet design and sell hand-crafted shoes and sandals.
ANGE PIETA LTD
INDUSTRY: CLEANING & MAINTENANCE
Marie Claire founded a hospital cleaning company in Rwanda which currently employs more than a dozen young people!
INDUSTRY: CREATIVE ARTS
Maureen created a handicraft training center, that empowers vulnerable women and single mothers to become financially independent.
BAMNORAH CHARCOAL BRIQUETTES COMPANY
Muzamil manufactures charcoal briquettes for use in homes, and businesses around Rwanda.
Nancy raises and sells high quality chicken-meat and eggs to markets in her community.
KUMBUKUMBU TOURS AND RESEARCH
Obed owns a regional travel outlet for tourists looking to explore activities in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
REAL GREEN GOLD LTD
Pacifique sells and exports organic bananas while increasing education on the harmful effects of pollution and GMOs.
Phamphile operates a one-stop IT service center offering a range of digital services from website and graphic design to 3D animation.
INEZA MUSHROOM FARM
Pascaline started a Mushroom Farm that sells mushrooms to markets, restaurants and grocery stores.
MEET PATRICK B
Patrick created a unique supermarket with the goal of bringing people together. Nkidndi’s offers locally made products alongside everyday household items both in store and online.
URUMULI IWACU SOCIAL BENEFIT BUSINESS
MEET PATRICK N
Patrick uses organic matter to manufacture briquettes used for cooking and heating.
Randolin manufactures casual shoes and sandals that massage your feet as you walk.
IRIBA CLEAN WATER DELIVERY
INDUSTRY: WATER TREATMENT
Scovia employs and empowers Rwandan women to start poultry cooperatives in order to promote good nutrition and stabilize local economies.
Serge offers a variety of tourism services in Rwanda which include hiking and camping trips, lake tours, and gorilla trekking.
INZOVU AFRICAN VILLAGE
Sharon’s clothing, art and coffee-shop sells some of the most innovative and beautiful hand-made products in Kigali.
IRIZA NTAKO HERITAGE
Souzanne creates beautiful hand-woven baskets using unique designs and hand-mixed colors unlike any others found in Rwandan markets. Her goal is to train and employ others, while sharing Rwanda’s history through art.
INDUSTRY: EVENT PLANNING
Vincent offers party decoration services and catering for weddings, birthday parties and government functions.
RUGUSA COW PRODUCTS
Wellars raises dairy cows and sell milk to markets in Rwanda’s Southern Province.
DOVE FILM LIBRARY
At the Dove Film Library, Willy preserves Rwandan culture through education and entertainment.
LAVA BIKE TOURS – RWANDA
Yannick offers a unique tourist experience through guided bicycle rides through villages and wildlife areas throughout Rwanda.
IRIBA CLEAN WATER DELIVERY
INDUSTRY: WATER TREATMENT
Yvette developed a clean water delivery service — first purifying the water through UV technology and then distributing to households via bike delivery.