RW28- Rwanda Greenpreneurs Network
|Start Date||Q1 2021|
|Actual Budget (USD)||0|
PH24 Climate Resilient and Inclusive Green Growth for Poor Rural Communities: Accelerating Implementation in the Agriculture Value Chain
|Start Date||Q3 2020|
|Actual Budget (USD)||4,800,000|
BF15 Promoting Solar Irrigation Pumping Systems and Mini-grids in Burkina Faso
|Start Date||Q1 2021|
|Actual Budget (USD)||1,059,950|
News • July 26, 2022
Suva, Fiji – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the UN Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) signed an amendment to their existing Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to expand areas of cooperation on 29th June. The document was signed virtually by Gerard O’Donoghue, on behalf of GGGI Director General and Mr Bram Peters, Regional Manager-Pacific of UNCDF. The […]
News • July 5, 2022
Theme: Mobilizing Green Investments to Africa The office of GGGI Senegal led by Assana Magagi-Alio, Country Representative and supported by Mamadou Konate, Country Program Lead have hosted the 2022 GGGI Africa Regional Retreat from 27 June to 3 July 2022 at the Novotel hotel in Dakar. The retreat brough together the leadership of the region, […]
News • June 17, 2022
Two Tongan green enterprises win USD5,000 each in seed grants through the Mafoa ‘Ae Ata – Youth Innovation Challenge Pacific Greenpreneurs Incubator program
NUKU’ALOFA, TONGA: Saturday, 11th June 2022 – Tonga Youth Employment and Entrepreneurship Inc. (TYEE) in collobration with Partners Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI)’s Pacific Green Entrepreneurs Network (PGEN), Breadfruit Consulting and supported by Solutions Consulting House held a Graduation Ceremony for the first Mafoa ‘a e Ata (MAA) – Youth Innovation Challenge Pacific Greenpreneurs Incubator […]
News • June 7, 2022
Gulu City, June 6, 2022 Gulu City has received the final draft of the Physical Development Plan. The plan has been developed under the greening Uganda’s urbanization and industrialization project, funded by the European union. The plan is a spatial expression of the social and economic environment or other policy, at National, regional, district, city […]
News • May 3, 2022
30th March, Kigali Rwanda the Global Green Growth Institute in collaboration with Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA), and Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO) and Save The Environment Initiative (SEI) officially launched the Plastic Waste Web portal , the hybrid event took place at the newly renovated Norrsken House. The event was attended by different […]
News • March 31, 2022
In celebration of International Women’s Day 2022, GGGI Caribbean in collaboration with OECS Commission will be hosting a virtual ‘Women in Green Innovation” event on Wednesday 6 April 2022. The United Nations theme for International Women’s Day (IWD 2022) is, “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”, recognizing the contribution of women and girls around […]
News • March 28, 2022
Apia, Samoa, Wednesday, 16th March 2022 – Four Samoan green enterprises graduated from the Pacific Greenpreneurs Incubator program, implemented in partnership by the Global Green Growth Institute and the Samoa Business Hub. The Graduation Ceremony showcased and celebrated the achievements and growth of Samoan Incubator program participants, coaches, mentors and others involved in the program. The ceremony took […]
News • March 28, 2022
PORT VILA, Wednesday, 16th March 2022: The Pacific Greenpreneurs Incubator program held a Graduation Ceremony for the first cohort of Vanuatu green enterprises on March 16, 2022. The graduation ceremony was held virtually (due to COVID-19 restrictions) to celebrate and recognize the achievements of all the 2021 incubator participants, mentors, coaches and others involved in […]
News • March 25, 2022
17 Papua New Guinean Green Enterprises graduate from Pacific Greenpreneurs Incubator program, with 6 enterprises winning US$5000 each in seed grants
Port Moresby, Samoa, Tuesday, March 22nd 2022 – The Pacific Green Entrepreneurs Network (PGEN) held a Graduation Ceremony for its first cohort of Papua New Guinean green enterprises in which 17 enterprises graduated from the Pacific Greenpreneurs Incubator program, a 3-year regional program funded by the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD) and implemented in partnership […]
News • March 25, 2022
The Uganda Vision 2040 aspires to pursue economic development and socioeconomic transformation premised on the principles of a green economy such as equity, environment sustainability, resource efficiency, climate change adaptation and mitigation and inclusiveness. Accordingly, the National Planning Authority in partnership with the Climate Change Department of the Ministry of Water and Environment with financial […]
News • March 24, 2022
Tarawa, Kiribati, Wednesday, 16th March 2022 – The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) showcased and celebrated the achievements and growth of I-Kiribati Pacific Greenpreneurs Incubator program participants, coaches, mentors and others involved in the program. The event was hosted at Dreamers Guesthouse Maneaba Ambo Tarawa, commencing from 12.30pm to 2.30pm and attended by winners and graduates, GoK officials, the […]
News • March 1, 2022
February 28, 2022 – GGGI Burkina Faso published a collection of insights by women who received green entrepreneur training as part of the “Promotion of Solar Irrigation Pumping system and Solar Mini-grids” project. GGGI implemented this project in Burkina Faso with the financial support of Denmark. The project has recognized the role that women play […]
News • February 28, 2022
En el marco de la segunda fase del Programa de Crecimiento Verde con el Noruega, y con el objetivo de fomentar los emprendimientos verdes como alternativas de desarrollo sostenible e incluyente en las zonas de alta deforestación, GGGI, en alianza con Innpactia, pone a disposición el programa Greenpreneurs Colombia. Este programa busca brindarles a emprendedores […]
News • February 28, 2022
Call for Applications! Eastern Caribbean Green Entrepreneurship Accelerator: Interest-free Loan Programme
Applications are now open for the Eastern Caribbean Greenpreneurs Interest-Free Loan Programme. The interest-free loan facility will be a feature of the Eastern Caribbean Green Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Accelerator Programme. The goal of the accelerator programme is to contribute to the growth of green business resulting in the creation of green jobs and improved livelihoods for […]
News • December 27, 2021
GGGI Rwanda hosts the consultation workshop on the revised GGGI Rwanda Country Planning Framework (CPF) 2021-2025
GGGI Rwanda through one-on-one consultations revised and drafted the new GGGI Rwanda Country Planning Framework and presented the draft to key stakeholders and partners for input, feedback, and validation during a consultation workshop held at Serena Hotel in Kigali , Rwanda. The workshop was an opportunity for the GGGI team to guide the endorsement by […]
News • December 20, 2021
On 14th Dec, in Kigali , Rwanda young entrepreneurs working in eco-friendly businesses in Rwanda came together to share knowledge on the country’s entrepreneurship ecosystem and opportunities to access investment, knowledge and skills. The workshop took place at Norrsken House in Kigali and brought together young green entrepreneurs and stakeholders, as well as representatives from […]
News • December 2, 2021
Twenty Startups from the OECS region are participating in the Eastern Caribbean Green Entrepreneurship Initiative!
Startup entrepreneurs from the OECS region are participating in the Eastern Caribbean Green Entrepreneurship Initiative’s Greenpreneurs Incubator Programme. This business support programme is aimed at creating green jobs through environmentally and socially driven enterprises and entrepreneurs. OECS Director General Dr. Didacus Jules, in his remarks at the orientation session for the first cohort of the […]
News • December 2, 2021
As every year, Senegal celebrated World Toilet Day on November 19, 2021, with this year’s theme focusing on raising awareness of decision makers of the importance of proper toilet facilities, as sanitation is still underfunded in many part of the world. According to a joint report by the World Health Organization (WHO) and UNICEF, 4.5 […]
News • November 24, 2021
Vientiane Capital, Lao PDR, November 18, 2021. The Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) co-hosted an event to discuss the role of the private sector in addressing solid waste in Lao PDR. Organized as part of broader set of initiatives on private sector engagement in green growth and climate change, […]
News • November 15, 2021
We are pleased to announce that the Pacific Greenpreneurs Incubator Program 2021 has successfully kicked off in six countries! Sixty-eight green enterprises across six countries make up the 2021 cohort, of whom two-thirds are women-led (68%) and youth-led (62%) and supporting 133 entrepreneurs between them. Early-stage purpose-driven enterprises with social and/or environmental impact were selected […]
Eastern Caribbean Greenpreneurs
The Eastern Caribbean Greenpreneurs is a 3-year project implemented by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS), and funded by the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD). The program will offer incubation and accelerator programs, including virtual courses, a mentorship program, in-person events, and networking opportunities in 6 OECS member states (Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, Saint Lucia, St. Kitts & Nevis, and St. Vincent & the Grenadines), targeted at green businesses whose business models include solutions aimed at contributing their country’s climate and sustainable development goals.
The incubator program will target existing innovative early-stage medium, small, and micro-enterprises (MSMEs), including women-owned firms, with demonstrated growth potential that are still in pursuit of a scalable and repeatable business model, and citizens with relevant experience and entrepreneurial ambitions. Successful entrepreneurs in the incubator program will have the opportunity to participate in a business competition to secure grant seed funding of $10,000. The accelerator program will target high-potential startups in growth stage and offer repayable grants in amounts up to $50,000 as well as a structured program for providing links with investors. The project also includes a component aimed at development of a sustainable regional ecosystem for supporting green entrepreneurs that will continue beyond the life of the project.
The program aims to deliver over USD $1.2 million in grant funding to green MSMEs in the region, facilitating the creation of 3,000 green jobs, and impacting the lives of over 12,000 OECS citizens.
Regional Program #2:
The regional Pacific Green Entrepreneurs Network (PGEN) is a 3-year project implemented by the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and funded by the Qatar Fund for Development (QFFD). The Network will offer annual “Pacific Greenpreneurs” incubation and accelerator programs targeted at green and sustainable businesses whose business models include solutions aimed at contributing to their country’s climate and sustainable development goals in 6 Pacific Island countries – Fiji, Kiribati, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Tonga and Vanuatu via localized virtual and physical workshops and builds on GGGI’s recent international and regional ‘Greenpreneurs’ incubator work.
Successful entrepreneurs from the incubator program will be offered the opportunity to apply for grant seed funds of up to USD 5,000, while qualifying accelerator participants will be provided with zero-interest growth financing of up to USD 50,000. The program will prioritize women entrepreneurs and green jobs for women and youth and aims to facilitate the creation of 3,130 green jobs, impacting the lives of over 12,000 Pacific Islanders.
* Call for Applications Now Open – Pacific Greenpreneurs Incubator Program 2022
Application Guidelines: https://bit.ly/PacGreenIncGuide2022
* Read more about the Pacific Greenpreneurs Incubator Kiribati Graduation Ceremony.
* Please visit Pacific Greenpreneurs website to find more information.
Regional Program #3:
Rwanda Greenpreneurs Network
The Rwanda Greenpreneurs Network platform will be officially launched in 2022. Currently the GGGI Rwanda Country Program and Youth Connekt Regional Hub & Fund based in Kigali, Rwanda have signed an MOU in 2021 to facilitate and support the establishment of Rwanda Greenpreneurs Network. The GGGI Rwanda Country Program has commenced with a situational analysis and conducted an assessment of the existing ecosystem in Rwanda by conducting Focus Groups with greenpreneurs, interviews and stakeholder engagements with existing programs in Rwanda that support greenpreneurs such as incubation hubs, accelerator programs, financial institutions , investors, mentors, coaches etc.
GGGI has engaged with Youth Connekt Regional Hub & Fund ; Ministry of Youth & Culture ; Rwanda National Youth Council ; District Youth Representatives ; Norrsken ; Impact Hub : Inkomoko ; 250start-up ; RICEM ; RIEDC ; Ministry of Environment ; REMA ; FONERWA (Rwanda Green Fund) ;ENABEL and many more to discuss possible areas of collaboration.
1. Rwanda like many countries faces effects of climate change which has led to natural disasters and economic disruption. However, Rwanda has recognized the importance of innovation as a solution to the negative impact of climate change by committing to policy actions and implementation towards a green and climate resilient economic growth model. Rwanda currently boasts of a burgeoning entrepreneurship ecosystem that includes amongst others, incubation hubs, Innovation hubs, Accelerators, Co-Working space, and research centers all striving to take ideas to mature businesses. Yet, these laudable initiatives are yet to tackle the challenges faced by many startup businesses especially by the youth and women.
2. Rwanda’s economic growth has been robust with an average GDP growth of 8% pre-pandemic. However, this growth has not translated to enough quality and sustainable employment for the growing youth of the country. This is a complex problem that matters to the growth of the economy because in a country of roughly 13 million population (NISR 2021), the youth within the ages of 14-35 makes up close to 40% of this population. Moreover, the government’s National Strategy for Transformation (NST1), which is a 7-year medium term strategy (2018-2024) included job creation as one of the key components of the economic pillar of the strategy. The target is to create 1.5 million productive and descent jobs by 2024 through off farm employment and expanding the possibilities within manufacturing, value addition of minerals, construction, tourism, information technology in a knowledge-based economy. Achieving this target would ensure that no one is left behind in the country’s growth as well as to consolidate the trust that the citizens have on their government. Yet, recent numbers from the quarterly Labor Force Survey of the National Institute of Statistics of Rwanda (NISR – Q3 2020) shows that even though there is an increase of 6.4% in off farm employment corresponding to the net job created of 120,978 between 2018 and 2019, there has been job loss in sectors like construction, tourism, human health and social work, information, and communication etc. The implication is that the year-on-year employment target would be missed unless drastic and innovative approaches are utilized to deconstruct the challenge. This challenge when solved will reduce the poverty level amongst youth and spur sustainable economic growth that is anchored on technological innovations.
3. The project will partner with Youth Connekt Africa Regional Hub & Fund , Ministry of Youth & Culture, Rwanda National Youth Council, and other evolving incubation hubs within the startup ecosystem in Rwanda to establish the Rwanda Greenpreneurs Network. A network that will develop and coordinate a framework that will connect the different entities that are working to support the young green entrepreneurs from concept stage to a sustainable business that contributes to meet the set targets in national development plan including the SDGs and NDCs. The Network will provide opportunities to strengthen and leverage youth collaborative and innovative abilities, utilizing the platform to link innovators and investors to identify potential partnership. Moreover, the network will create awareness within the existing startup innovation ecosystem through networking engagements, outreaches, and aligning policies to practical needs that benefits the support structure for entrepreneurs.
4. The impact of not doing this project would result into a lost opportunity for the Rwandan youth to create synergies among stakeholders which could lead to a minimal impact in their solutions to challenges of climate change. This project also provides the opportunity for the youth to contribute to the aim of the government of Rwanda which is to raise the profile of young people’s innovative solutions as a vehicle of change in Africa. The government of Rwanda is keen to support ideas and innovative solutions from young people aged between 15 – 35 years old (African Charter) by working with existing entities that can support to scale up green business solutions such as Youth Connekt Africa Regional Hub & Fund. As a result, GGGI seeks to establish a platform and network that could serve as a one stop center for youth development that includes different entities that offer unique business solutions as stated in the project outcome. The project’s goal is to scale up the partnership within the region and support greenpreneurs through the Regional Green Innovation Fund.
Greenpreneurs is a free 12-week virtual incubator supporting young people to develop social enterprise solutions that address sustainability and climate change issues in their community. Developed in partnership with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) and Youth Climate Lab (YCL), Greenpreneurs 2021 has selected 15 teams from around the world to participate in the third iteration of the program this summer, with weekly learning modules that include webinars and tasks, as well as weekly coaching from mentors and subject matter experts. At the end of the 12-week program, teams will compete for a chance to receive prize money to further expand their initiative.