The Startup Ecosystem of Kigali

Home to 96% of Rwanda’s startups, Kigali boasts a vibrant startup ecosystem that is ranked 395 in the world.


While Kigali decreased by 130 spots in its global rank in the Global Startup Ecosystem Index of 2022, its ranking in Rwanda remained stable at 1 nationally since 2021.

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The Startup Ecosystem in Kigali

Startups in Kigali excel in Fintech, Transportation, and and Foodtech. There are some notable success stories contributing to the city’s growing Fintech industry. One of the most promising startups in Kigali in 2022 is Water Access Rwanda, Babyl Rwanda, and SPENN.

Global Rank

Kigali is ranked within the top 400 startup ecosystems globally.

Top Industries

Kigali’s startups excel particularly in Fintech where it ranks 166 and in Transportation, and Foodtech. Find out more

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Notable Startups in Kigali
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Water Access Rwanda
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Babyl Rwanda
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Successful Fintech startups in Kigali
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Jali Finance


Startups Ranking by Industry

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#166 worldwide

On our map, you can explore a total of 7 startups for Fintech.

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#171 worldwide

In Eastern Africa, Kigali's Transportation is in top 171. Kigali has a concentration of about 0% of the country's total Transportation startups that are represented on our map.

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#204 worldwide

Foodtech is ranked 204th in the world. Our database contains 4 startups for this industry.

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Why should you join Kigali's Startup Ecosystem?


Within Kigali there is an increased attraction for entrepreneurs to set up their startups in industries such as Fintech, Transportation, Foodtech. These three industries represent about 62% of the startups represented on the Startup Ecosystem Map of Kigali.


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Kigali is Rwanda's 1st best startup ecosystem and is ranked 2nd in Eastern Africa. With a population of 1M - 2M people, Kigali is ranked th in the world. The city boasts some notable startup success stories including Water Access Rwanda.

Startup Infrastructure in Kigali
With a large variety of initiatives, Kigali's startup ecosystem stands out from other cities in Eastern Africa. Kigali offers a number of funding opportunities for entrepreneurs and startups. Below is a list of Kigali's most prominent support initiatives:


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250 Startups

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Impact Hub Kigali

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Norrsken East Africa

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Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali

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