Funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs and implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Commerce Trade and Industry (MCTI) of Zambia, AGS aims to accelerate the growth and competitiveness of Micro, Small and Medium-Sized Enterprises and startups in Zambia.


Business Development Training

A training programme including 5-day in-class trainings, with follow-on coaching and mentoring to catalyse sustained businesses at different stages to improve their technical and managerial skills, using internationally recognised methods.



An accelerated learning curve for high-potential businesses prepared to grow and become investment ready. LEVEL UP combines tailored training, coaching and mentoring, and an opportunity for best performing businesses to scale their businesses with support to procure equipment, machinery and other productive assets.



AGS connects MSMEs with Zambian, Finnish and regional partners to promote business opportunities and collaboration across borders. We organise and promote events to enable Zambian and Finnish businesses to expand their networks.


Innovation Support

A guided, demonstration driven process where professionals and students from diverse backgrounds come together to create new, innovative products and solutions. LEAP aims to foster the Research, Development and Innovation culture in Zambia.


Market Access

Technical and financial support for Finnish-Zambian partnerships exploring the feasibility of their product in a new, local, regional or international market. As well as AGS identified experts to help selected businesses enter the market and navigate the regulatory environment and logistical landscape.

Recent News

LEVEL UP Accelerator Applications Now Open!

Deadline: 16 July 2021Open to: a) Businesses operating in the mining services sector in the North Western and/or Copperbelt Provinces; and b) Businesses working in the agribusiness and/or forestry sectors in the North Western Province. The AGS Programme welcomes applications for new

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AGS calls for Market Access Service Providers

Open call from 2nd June to 16th June 2021.  AGS Programme is looking for Market Access Consultants (Service Providers) to support businesses in entering the Zambian, regional (SADC/COMESA), and Finnish markets.  AGS supports new market access for

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Apply for Pre-Acceleration Training!

AGS will soon launch the 6-month LEVEL UP Accelerator to boost the growth of high potential Zambian businesses. As a first step, selected growth-oriented businesses will have the chance to prepare themselves for LEVEL UP by

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