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

Call for Business Partnership Expert

TA position: Business Partnership Expert (International Expert) Estimated duration: 9 months – with potential for extension Estimated starting date: December, 2021Duty station: Lusaka, Zambia DESCRIPTION AGS Programme is planned with business-oriented approach to increase cooperation between

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AGS Programme Calls for Consultants and Short Term Experts

Deadline: 10 September 2021Open to: eligibility differs across positions DESCRIPTION The AGS Programme invites applications for one (1) Consulting Firm and four (4) short term expertpositions as follows: 1. FINANCIAL SERVICES AND PRODUCTS CONSULTANTS (FIRM) The

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LEVEL UP Accelerator Education Cohort Applications Now Open!

Deadline: extended to 15 September 2021Open to: MSME tertiary education service providers The AGS Programme welcomes applications for the ICT cohort of the 6-month LEVEL UP Accelerator Programme. LEVEL UP includes tailored coaching and mentoring to make your business investor ready.

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LEVEL UP Accelerator ICT Cohort Applications Now Open!

Deadline: extended to 15 September 2021Open to: MSMEs and startups based in Lusaka, Copperbelt and North-Western Provinces in the following sectors: agribusiness, education, mining, energy and circular economy who are leveraging technology or are technology enabled The

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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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