Startup|Energy becomes part­ner of the new coun­try ini­tia­tive Start­Up Africa

The new pro­gram Start­Up Africa is orga­nized by Lead Africa Inter­na­tion­al e.V. and fund­ed by the Min­istry of State Baden-Würt­tem­berg through the Foun­da­tion for Devel­op­ment Coop­er­a­tion (SEZ) to sup­port inno­v­a­tive star­tups through inter­con­ti­nen­tal exchange and funding.

Star­tups play an impor­tant role in the eco­nom­ic growth of a coun­try. They cre­ate jobs and ensure more sta­ble eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment. The new ini­tia­tive show­cas­es some of Africa’s top social entre­pre­neurs and pio­neers in var­i­ous indus­tries: They are cre­at­ing pro­to­type solu­tions across tech and non-tech bound­aries to help Africa solve its crit­i­cal chal­lenges in dig­i­ti­za­tion, fash­ion indus­try, clean­tech and cli­mate change, edu­ca­tion, etc.

With this pro­gramme, the state of Baden-Würt­tem­berg hopes to expand part­ner­ships with actors on the African con­ti­nent. As an export-ori­ent­ed region and pro­mot­er of sus­tain­able ideas, start-ups and inno­v­a­tive part­ner­ships play an impor­tant role. Because star­tups can play a key role in cre­at­ing a social­ly and eco­log­i­cal­ly trans­formed econ­o­my in Africa and Baden-Würt­tem­berg. This is a pre­req­ui­site for achiev­ing the UN Agen­da 2030 and the African Union Agen­da 2063.

The Startup|Energy ini­tia­tive of the Stiftung Solaren­ergie and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Freiburg pro­motes region­al and inter­na­tion­al exchange between star­tups in the field of decen­tral­ized, renew­able ener­gy sup­ply in D‑A-CH and East Africa. The cen­tral ele­ment is Ener­gy Camps in Freiburg and East Africa.

With­in the new state ini­tia­tive, Startup|Energy will be active as a men­tor for star­tups, among oth­er things. “We are pleased to be a part­ner of the state of Baden-Würt­tem­berg in the new ini­tia­tive because we are pur­su­ing the same goal: we are not inter­est­ed in a one-sided trans­fer of knowl­edge, but in an equal exchange of ideas and solu­tions. Because a change of per­spec­tive offers many advan­tages if you want to arrive at clever and sus­tain­able solu­tions in your own con­text,” says Dr. Har­ald Schütze­ichel, coor­di­na­tor of Startup|Energy.

Appli­ca­tion for Start­Up Africa pos­si­ble until 12 July 2021

Appli­ca­tions for the three-day hybrid event(with the phys­i­cal loca­tion in Lagos, Nige­ria) from 27–29 July 2021 are open via the web­site of the pro­gram. There you will also find fur­ther infor­ma­tion on the con­di­tions of participation.

At the event in Lagos, 50 star­tups and social entre­pre­neurs will pitch their ideas and inno­va­tions to our pan­el of experts. You have the chance to win a seed grant of up to 10,000 euros.

For more infor­ma­tion on reg­is­tra­tion, please vis­it: www.myleadafrica.org/startafrika/