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Eligibility Criteria

Yes. Being an entrepreneur is one of the criteria that make you eligible for our program

Our program is sector agnostic, unless otherwise stated. This means that we look for young entrepreneurs from a wide variety of sectors who have founded a scalable and tech-based startup.

Unfortunately, this program is for startup companies only.

You need to have at least a working prototype and have ideally some tractions. If your startup is at a later stage, you are also eligible to apply for the program.

Unfortunately not. The program focuses on entrepreneurs who already have their own startup and are looking to grow their business.

Yes. 250Startups’s mission is to support and discover technology startups companies.

Yes. All the workshops and communications in the program will be conducted in English so all participants are required to demonstrate a good proficiency of English.

The applicants’ English skills will be examined from the written application as well as during the interview.

No, the program includes various sessions on legal matters and will take you through how to register your company.


Simply click on ‘Apply’ at the top menu and follow the links provided. If you are the founder of a startup eligible for application you can download the guidelines for application from the application page and follow the instructions. If you are applying as a trainee, simply click on the respective links on the application page to fill out the application form.

No. We only accept one application but if you are not selected you can apply in the next cohort.

No. Only applications submitted in time via the online form will be reviewed.

Several founders from the same startup may apply for the program but only maximum two founders per startup can participate in the program.

Yes. We encourage startup founders to apply again even if they had not been accepted into the 250Startups Program before. A rejection is not a judgement of entrepreneurial skills or the business idea as the application process is highly competitive.

It’s not mandatory while applying but you will need have one if you’re selected.

We go through the applications and we select the company that are eligible according to our application requirement.


The incubation program lasts 6 months.

Yes. We give 1million RWF to each company that is used to help the startups for their fieldwork, for marketing purpose, launching their project etc.

  • Facility (An office, internet, transport, lunch)

  • A trainee Lawyer & a trainee financial officer

  • Mentors to help your business grow

  • An Incubation Specialist that help them in their everyday work

  • Trainings for building a company that is fundable

  • Visibility through events

Yes unless you have a partner who will be attending with you and whenever you have anytime you don’t come your startup will be represented by one of the founder.

Yes, through the events we organize like Capital/Market talk or other events that we may attend like (Transform Africa or youth connect)

We go through the applications and we select the company that are eligible according to our application requirement.

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