AfriCircular Innovators Programme – Apply by 26.05-2024

Impact Hub Kigali is excited to announce the launch of the AfriCircular Innovators Programme, a unique opportunity aimed at fostering innovation in the circular economy across Africa. This programme seeks to identify and support high-potential startups that are creating solutions to reduce waste and promote sustainable resource use.

Closing date


💡Program targets

The programme is looking for :

  • Stage of entrepreneurs: The program will look for and support entrepreneurs who are at the early stage of their entrepreneurial journey. This includes entrepreneurs who have, as a minimum, a working prototype that has been tested with and by real users.
  • Thematic areas of solutions: The program will target solutions that fall under the 5 big bets as defined by ACEA: Food Systems, Packaging, Electronics, Fashion and Textiles, and Built Environment.
  • Geographic focus: The program will support solutions with operations in at least one of the countries of Ghana, Ivory Coast, or Rwanda.
  • Ownership of startup: The program will support startups with African founders or that have a majority management team being African.

🎁Program benefits

Participants selected for the AfriCircular Innovators Programme will benefit from:

  • Circular Economy and Business Support Training: Customized training sessions, masterclasses, and workshops covering a diverse range of topics, precisely tailored to meet the needs of each venture.
  • Tailored Coaching Sessions: Every entrepreneur is matched with a dedicated coach, offering ongoing guidance to apply program insights effectively and maintain focus on circular solutions development.
  • Peer-to-Peer Learning: Platforms for entrepreneurs to exchange experiences, address challenges, and explore collaborative ventures with peers across different hubs.
  • Market Linkages and Industry Connections: Facilitated activities, including circular marketplaces, investor roundtables, entrepreneur showcases, business tours, and expert panel discussions, fostering connections and showcasing circular innovations.
  • Financial Grants: Selected entrepreneurs receive grant funding for market exploration and product development, supplemented by tailored technical coaching to reach specific milestones.
  • Demo Day: A Regional Demo day event and roadshow where the top 10 entrepreneurs will showcase their circular journeys and progress in the program. The event will also be an opportunity to showcase the program’s success and a way to raise awareness on the toolkits that IHs will have developed for the entire circular economy ecosystem.


Before applying, please take the time to carefully read the detailed terms and conditions of participation in the Program, as well as all the eligibility criteria, available HERE.

➡️ Apply HERE

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