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The acceleration program

Agri-food startups
& companies


Ready to kick start your international development?

GlobalGro Ignition is a 6-month program combining training sessions, expert support and mentorship from experienced professionals. It is specifically designed
to help Rwandan agrifood companies to accelerate their development and reach their export goals.

Participation is free of charge* 

for companies selected for the GlobalGro Ignition acceleration program.

*The project has received the financial support of the French Embassy in Rwanda

Joint training sessions & individual coaching
2 half days per month for 6 months provided by recognised experts


Month #1-3

Your business: business model / vision / structuring your business ideas
Marketing: segmentation / product diferentiation / connecting to the international value chain

Internationalisation: tapping into new markets / market intelligence reports for your sector / exploiting trade agreements

Month #4-6

Finances and capital: access to funds / business partnerships / digital solutions / investor opportunities

Industrialisation: efficient production / automation / supply chain / logistics / packaging

Program final event:: Demoday to present your projects and products to a panel of professionals and investors


Who can apply?

You can apply if you are

  • a growing SME in the agri-food sector based in Rwanda

and if you:

  • offer agrifood products or services, or innovative technologies, and you have export activities or ambitions for international development

  • need help to take it to the next level in your development (access to export markets, industrialisation, fund raising,...)

What are the selection criteria?

Candidates will be evaluated on the strength of their written application and their pitch (oral company presentation), according to the following criteria:

  • The motivation of the team to be supported: clear expression of expectations
    in terms of acceleration, ability to interact with other entrepreneurs and with the
    acceleration network in a win-win approach.

  • The experience and dynamism of the project leaders, the skill gaps within the team
    in order to achieve the company future vision.

  • The market and the vision: having a clear and long term vision with a goal to answer
    to a real economic problem and contributing to the country’s development objective.

  • The business model: the ability to finance itself, linking to credits and the
    sustainability plan.

Need help to perfect your pitch?
Download our guide:

How to apply?

  1. Go to the online application form on Google Form.

  2. Once you have answered all the questions, click “Submit”. Be as thorough as possible in your answers as you will be invited to the final selection on the strength of your written application.

  3. Following the closing date, you will be contacted to take part in the final selection, where you will present your company with a “pitch”, either in person or by videoconference. Download our guide “How to Pitch”:

  4. If you are selected, the program begins on June, 2022, and will run for 6 months.

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