India-Rwanda Innovation Growth Programme



To transform Rwanda’s socio-economic needs, by enabling an ecosystem to assist Indian science & technology innovations for replication in Rwandan industry.


To identify, connect, collaborate, transfer and replicate innovative solutions through a technology transfer & adoption platform and developing 10 Joint Ventures a year.


The India-Rwanda Innovation Growth Programme (IRIGP) is a first of its' kind initiative between India and Rwanda, launched in February 2017 during the state visit of the former Vice President of India, Shri Hamid Ansari to Kigali. The programme strengthens the bilateral relationship purely based on science, technology and innovation. The programme aims to deliver socio-economic impact development by linking Rwandan industry and/or institutions with Indian technologies & innovations that are leading edge, validated and affordable.

The Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), on behalf of the Department of Science and Technology (DST), Government of India; in partnership with the National Industrial Research and Development Agency (NIRDA), Government of the Republic of Rwanda, are the implementation partners in India and Rwanda.

In the pilot year, IRIGP received an overwhelming response in both countries, with over 230 applications from Indian startups, and over 300 Expression of Interests (EOIs) from the Rwandan enterprises. After a thorough evaluation, Year 1 was concluded with 11 Indian enterprises match-made with 14 Rwandan enterprises - mostly B2B, but also included two-B2G and one-G2G agreements. The technologies matched were in the sectors of Agriculture, Food Processing, Healthcare, IT & ICT, Leather and Renewable Energy.

Programme Objectives


Match Indian technologies and innovations with the needs assessment provided by NIRDA.


Generate skill and entrepreneurship development to create successful enterprises.


Focus on scaling innovations with wider societal benefit and ensuring last mile delivery to the needy population.


Promote Indian and Rwandan (African) SMEs.


Further the UN Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals, whilst generating widespread socio-economic impact development in India and Rwanda (Africa).

Programme Benefits

Indian innovators would be able to take their innovations to Rwanda for replication by their counterparts in Rwandan industry through Joint Ventures. IRIGP would provide several benefits to both sets of entrepreneurs.

Capacity Building

  1. Hands-on training for the Rwandan counterparts by the Indian partners
  2. Monitoring, evaluation & impact assessment
  3. Tech expos & exhibitions
  4. Industry mentorship
  5. Legal & financial understanding and guidance
  6. IPR landscaping


  1. G2G, B2G & B2B relationships & mechanisms to ensure smooth matching and transfer of technologies to joint ventures
  2. Access to a pool of Indian innovations & enterprises to partner with
  3. One-to-one support from a dedicated partnership manager

Support for Replication

  1. Business acceleration meet in Rwanda
  2. Facilitation support for implementing in Rwanda
  3. Technical assistance for implementing in Rwanda
  4. Advise, guidance and introductions to raise funding

Programme Process