Accelerated growth for start-ups, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises in Zambia.


Funded by the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland and implemented in partnership with the Ministry for Small and Medium Enterprise Development (MSMED) 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

AGS Launches Circular Economy Study Report

The Zambian Circular Economy Study was funded by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland under the Accelerated Growth for SMEs (AGS) Programme private sector development initiative, implemented in partnership with the Ministry of Small and

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Market Access Consultant Services Applications Now Open!

Deadline: Friday, February 17th, 2023 until midnight. Description LAUNCH Market Access Services support Zambian and Finnish MSMEs and start-ups in selected business sectors to explore opportunities in new markets. AGS offers tailored support in exploring your

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Call for Circular Economy Consultant

Deadline: 20th August 2022 AGS requires a consultant (firm) to assist the programme with a Circular Economy Study that aims to understand the market needs in Zambia and business opportunities for Zambian and Finnish companies in

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