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?

THE SUMMIT

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 ACADEMY

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.

THE INVESTMENT

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

Bonaventure

YOUTH ENGAGED IN APITHERAPY LTD
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
MEET BONAVENTURE

Bonaventure is a professional beekeeper who manufactures and sells honey and wax to local stores and markets.

CHARLOTTE

JEANS SHOES
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
MEET CHARLOTTE

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!

EGIDE N

CARE COSMETICS LTD
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
MEET EGIDE

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

DSIS&T
INDUSTRY: AGRICULTURE
MEET EMMANUEL

Emmanuel is improving agriculture and ending hunger by providing irrigation services to farmers–allowing them to harvest produce all year.

EMMANUEL K

MASAKA LEATHER PRODUCTS
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
MEET EMMANUEL

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!

EMMANUEL N

TEEBAH FILM VILLAGE LTD
INDUSTRY: CREATIVE
MEET EMMANUEL

As natural storyteller, Emmanuel founded Teebah Film Village with the aim of building a full-service video production company to tell the stories of individuals and social enterprises to maximize their impact in building a better Rwanda. Teebah’s turnkey video production gives these organizations a simple and powerful tool to share their work and attract new partners.

Evelyne & Justine

WOOLEN PRODUCTS
INDUSTRY: FASHION
MEET EVELYNE & JUSTINE

Evelyne & Justine market quality hand-woven items to schools and other large institutions.

FABRICE

CENTER FOR INNOVATION RWANDA LTD
INDUSTRY: MARKETING
MEET FABRICE

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.

FIDELE

WELL KEEPING OUR ENVIRONMENT
INDUSTRY: ENERGY
MEET FIDELE

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.

Francis

INDOOR BARBERSHOP LTD
INDUSTRY: HEALTH & BEAUTY
MEET FRANCIS

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.

Gabriel

NEW HILLS LTD
INDUSTRY: TECHNOLOGY
MEET GABRIEL

Gabriel founded New Hills Ltd. with the goal of repairing and maintaining ICT equipment for local businesses.

Geoffrey

JABANA BRIGHT ANGELS NURSERY SCHOOL
INDUSTRY: EDUCATION
MEET GEOFFREY

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.

GITORI

IBYIWACU BAMBOO LTD
INDUSTRY: MANUFACTURING

 

MEET GITORI

Gitori and his partners saw bamboo plants going to waste, and decided to turn them into beautiful pieces of furniture.

 

Henri Carl

G5 SKYWAY GROWTH
INDUSTRY: MANUFACTURING
MEET HENRI CARL

By employing more than 50 local farmers, Heni Carl has created the first instant coffee company in Rwanda.

Jacqueline

SPARKLE COLLECTIONS
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
MEET JACQUELINE

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

ISOMO TECHNOLOGY
INDUSTRY: TECHNOLOGY
MEET JAMES

James is improving access to educational materials and information through an online resource for students, teachers, researchers, parents, and the general public.

JANE

K-U SOCIAL LTD
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
MEET JANE

Jane partners with local artisans to make and sell authentic Rwandan woven accessories.

Janvier

GREEN TECH HUB
INDUSTRY: SHIPPING
MEET JANVIER

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.

Jean Marie

HIZA REFORM LTD
INDUSTRY: TRANSPORTATION
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.

Jean Pierre

PETER’S FARM
INDUSTRY: AGRICULTURE
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!

Jeanette

INZIRA DREAMZ NETWORK
INDUSTRY: SERVICES
MEET JEANETTE

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.

Jordan

HOUSE OF HIPPO LTD
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
MEET JORDAN

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!

Lea

ELCOBUS WORK TOOL LTD
INDUSTRY: FINANCE
MEET LEA

Lea provides financial, administrative, and printing services to business owners across Kigali.

Leon Fidele

TUYISHIMIRE FARM
INDUSTRY: AGRICULTURE
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
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
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.

Mathilde

NTAMATI PIGS PARK
INDUSTRY: AGRICULTURE
MEET MATHILDE

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!

Olivier

HABAGRIAS TECH LTD
INDUSTRY: AGRICULTURE
MEET OLIVIER

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.

REGIS

INFOTECH SERVICES LTD
INDUSTRY:RETIAL
MEET REGIS

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.

Samantha

POSH CREATIVE LTD
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
MEET SAMANTHA

Samantha trains talented and hardworking women in rural areas to produce fashion-forward shoes, hats, and purses for sale throughout Rwanda.

Saphani

THE FRESH RESTAURANT
INDUSTRY: RESTAURANT
MEET SAPHANI

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

AMIZERO SHOP
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
MEET SCHADRACK

Schadrack created his shop with the goal of providing high quality clothing and shoes made in Rwanda to university students.

SHIMWA

KORA SMART
INDUSTRY: CREATIVE
MEET SHIMWA

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.

Theophile

AGACIRO K’IWACU YOUNG INITIATIVE LTD
INDUSTRY: FINANCIAL SERVICES
MEET THEOPHILE

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

Aime Christian

SAN COMPANY LTD
INDUSTRY: COFFEE
MEET AIME-CHRISTIAN

Aime Christian sells raw and roasted coffee beans to stores across Rwanda.

ALAIN CHRISTIAN

YUMMY MUSHROOMS
INDUSTRY: AGRICULTURE
MEET ALAIN CHRISTIAN

Alain cultivates and sells mushroom to small restaurants and individuals throughout Rwanda.

Alexandre

SANIT WING LTD
INDUSTRY: MANUFACTURING
MEET ALEXANDRE

Alexandre manufactures soaps using local materials like avocado oil and aloe vera. Sanit Wing produces both beauty products and industrial cleaning materials.

Alice & Ariane

STARLIGHT
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.

Alphonse

SASHA ELECTRONICS LTD
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
MEET ALPHONSE

Alphonse owns a retail shop specializing in electronics for the home and office.

Anais

RIMBA DESIGNS
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
MEET ANAIS

Anais mixes African and western inspirations in her clothing and jewelry design to create a unique style for her customers.

arnold

TECH AVENUE 137
INDUSTRY: TECHNOLOGY
MEET ARNOLD

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

TOMATO PRODUCTION
INDUSTRY: AGRICULTURE
MEET BASILE

Basile developed an innovative solution to increase the shelf-life of tomatoes, providing this Rwandan staple even when they aren’t in season.

blandine

COSMOS
INDUSTRY: TECHNOLOGY
MEET BLANDINE

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

STUDENT MICRO-LENDING
INDUSTRY: MICRO-LENDING
MEET CHRISTA

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.

christophe

YOUTH FOR AGRICULTURE DEVELOPMENT INITIATIVE
INDUSTRY: AGRICULTURE
MEET CHRISTOPHE

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.

christophe

YUBEYI
INDUSTRY: ONLINE COMMERCE
MEET CHRISTOPHE

Christophe started one of Rwanda’s first online platforms where people can purchase products and have them delivered to their home or office.

claudien

KIGALI MAINTENANCE MADE EASY
INDUSTY: SERVICES
MEET CLAUDIEN

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

CHIPS CHAMPION
INDUSTRY: RESTAURANT
MEET COLLINS

Collins is determined to help University students find an affordable meal option. His business sells quick and delicious meals near Rwandan Universities.

FABIOLA

CHICKEN QUEEN LTD.
INDUSTRY: AGRICULTURE
MEET FABIOLA

Fabiola is combating malnutrition by selling chickens to families in Rwandan communities.

florentine

TYTYNE CHICKENS FARM
INDUSTRY: AGRICULTURE
MEET FLORENTINE

Florentine’s Tytyne Chicken Farm raises chicks from incubation up to 1 month then sells them to local markets.

FRANK

GRAVITY RWANDA
INDUSTRY: CREATIVE
MEET FRANK

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.

henri

DHCHIS CONSTRUCTION SOLUTIONS
INDUSTRY: CONSTRUCTION
MEET HENRI

Henri’s company mines and sells stone materials suitable for large and small scale construction projects across Rwanda.

honore

HONORE TOURS & TRAVEL RWANDA
INDUSTRY: TOURISM
MEET HONORE

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.

ines

SERAPHINA
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
MEET INES

Seraphina is a fashion brand weaving Rwandan culture and tradition with innovative and contemporary designs.

innocent

ELTD ECOLOGICAL SANITATION OF RWANDA LTD
INDUSTRY: SANITATION
MEET INNOCENT

Innocent sells water-treatment devices for water purification systems across Rwanda.

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JACKSON

RWANDA ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION LTD
INDUSTRY:MANUFACTURING
MEET JACKSON

Jackson is using recycled organic materials to create briquettes for cooking over charcoal stoves.

jean paul

GENUINE LASER SHOP
INDUSTRY: SERVICES
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.

jean-claude

ROUND DESIGNS LTD
INDUSTRY: COMMUNICATIONS & IT
MEET JEAN-CLAUDE

Jean Claude provides communication designs, IT Solutions and printing services to small businesses and NGOs in Rwanda.

JEANNE D’ARC

TECH RIDE LTD
INDUSTRY: TECHNOLOGY
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.

Joe

SOCIAL ARCHITECTURE & ENGINEERING LTD
INDUSTRY: CONSTRUCTION
MEET JOE

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

J&J STUDIOS
INDUSTRY: ENTERTAINMENT
MEET JOHN

John starting a high-quality recording studio for local musicians and film producers, and offers a space for live performances.

joselyne

BLOSSOM SALON
INDUSTRY: HEALTH & BEAUTY
MEET JOSELYNE

Capitalizing on Africa’s cellphone boom, at Joselyne’s Blossom Salon customers can book appointments online — a new feature for most businesses in Rwanda.

lambert

NSHUTI HOME OF VIDEO GAMES
INDUSTRY: ENTERTAINMENT
MEET LAMBERT

Lambert created a location where customers pay by the hour to play their favorite games.

MAJESTE

KIGALI PSYCH CENTER
INDUSTRY: MENTAL HEALTH
MEET MAJESTE

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.

marie-claire

ANGE PIETA LTD
INDUSTRY: CLEANING & MAINTENANCE
MEET MARIE-CLAIRE

Marie Claire founded a hospital cleaning company in Rwanda which currently employs more than a dozen young people!

MAUREEN

MEET RWANDA
INDUSTRY: CREATIVE ARTS
MEET MAUREEN

Maureen created a handicraft training center, that empowers vulnerable women and single mothers to become financially independent.

muzamil

BAMNORAH CHARCOAL BRIQUETTES COMPANY
INDUSTRY: MANUFACTURING
MEET MUZAMIL

Muzamil manufactures charcoal briquettes for use in homes, and businesses around Rwanda.

nancy

OLIWA CHICKS
INDUSTRY: AGRICULTURE
MEET NANCY

Nancy raises and sells high quality chicken-meat and eggs to markets in her community.

obed

KUMBUKUMBU TOURS AND RESEARCH
INDUSTRY: TOURISM
MEET OBED

Obed owns a regional travel outlet for tourists looking to explore activities in Rwanda, Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

pacifique

REAL GREEN GOLD LTD
INDUSTRY: AGRICULTURE
MEET PACIFIQUE

Pacifique sells and exports organic bananas while increasing education on the harmful effects of pollution and GMOs.

pamphile

iWACU LABS
INDUSTRY: TECHNOLOGY
MEET PAMPHILE

Phamphile operates a one-stop IT service center offering a range of digital services from website and graphic design to 3D animation.

pascaline

INEZA MUSHROOM FARM
INDUSTRY: AGRICULTURE
MEET PASCALINE

Pascaline started a Mushroom Farm that sells mushrooms to markets, restaurants and grocery stores.

Patrick b

NKINDI’S SUPERMARKET
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
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.

Patrick n

URUMULI IWACU SOCIAL BENEFIT BUSINESS
INDUSTRY: MANUFACTURING
MEET PATRICK N

Patrick uses organic matter to manufacture briquettes used for cooking and heating.

Randolin

KABEZA LOOFAH
INDUSTRY: MANUFACTURING
MEET RANDOLIN

Randolin manufactures casual shoes and sandals that massage your feet as you walk.

scovia

IRIBA CLEAN WATER DELIVERY
INDUSTRY: WATER TREATMENT
MEET SCOVIA

Scovia employs and empowers Rwandan women to start poultry cooperatives in order to promote good nutrition and stabilize local economies.

serge

RWAGASABO TOURS
INDUSTRY: TOURISM
MEET SERGE

Serge offers a variety of tourism services in Rwanda which include hiking and camping trips, lake tours, and gorilla trekking.

sharon

INZOVU AFRICAN VILLAGE
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
MEET SHARON

Sharon’s clothing, art and coffee-shop sells some of the most innovative and beautiful hand-made products in Kigali.

souzane

IRIZA NTAKO HERITAGE
INDUSTRY: RETAIL
MEET SOUZANE

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.

vincent

KIBETI DOC
INDUSTRY: EVENT PLANNING
Meet VINCENT

Vincent offers party decoration services and catering for weddings, birthday parties and government functions.

wellars

RUGUSA COW PRODUCTS
INDUSTRY: AGRICULTURE
MEET WELLARS

Wellars raises dairy cows and sell milk to markets in Rwanda’s Southern Province.

willy

DOVE FILM LIBRARY
INDUSTRY: ENTERTAINMENT
Meet Willy

At the Dove Film Library, Willy preserves Rwandan culture through education and entertainment.

yannick

LAVA BIKE TOURS – RWANDA
INDUSTRY: TOURISM
MEET YANNICK

Yannick offers a unique tourist experience through guided bicycle rides through villages and wildlife areas throughout Rwanda.

YVETTE

IRIBA CLEAN WATER DELIVERY
INDUSTRY: WATER TREATMENT
MEET YVETTE

Yvette developed a clean water delivery service — first purifying the water through UV technology and then distributing to households via bike delivery.