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Societies have challenges to solve. Entrepreneurs solve problems, generate impact, and create jobs. The SDG`s and national development plans require a generation of changemakers to achieve positive and inclusive development in Africa. Aid has proven to be ineffective – and StartHub stands for a different approach: To build systems and structures so a movement of African changemakers can build the futures they want to see.
But how to build a movement? Take some ingredients: You start with a talent – for instance a young university student. Then, you let her break out of her theory-based education and expose her to future trends and the power of building new things. You guide and train the student – but always focus on execution. As they build an identity as an entrepreneur and get started, you support them financially to kick things off. And mentor the startup journey so they do not waste their time and resources. Don’t forget to connect them with partners and to make them part of a community – keep building their confidence and guide their success.
Our vision is to “unlock the potential of changemakers to create innovative and scalable businesses across Africa.” This is possible through how StartHub is set up: we don’t rely on funding and can take our own decisions. We are not bound by 1-year project plans but can run an experiment or decide to invest in something tomorrow. We are a self-financed hybrid social venture that builds on a successful consulting business. We use our profits to build innovation infrastructure in East Africa.
We work on becoming an Africa-wide university-based entrepreneurship movement. StartHub looks at boosting changemakers from a systemic lens: With African universities, StartHub builds integrated entrepreneurship programs. Our content is used in class and certificate programs. Our student clubs organize engagements and events. Our StartHub trainers are local entrepreneurs who pass on practical know-how to students. This decentral approach enables us to add the function of entrepreneurship support at African universities. It allows scale as we only create content, qualify trainers, and support the setup of these structures.
Joanita is a graduate of urban and regional planning from Makerere university. She is so passionate about entrepreneurship and especially green innovations. Her urge to protect Mother Earth has influenced her decision to build a movement of greenpreneurs. With this, she has always sought for spaces that challenge her to achieve this goal.
Nadia is a positive spirit and an organizational talent, bringing amazing energy and drive to our team and partners.
Timothy holds a degree in Accounting and Business Management as well as years of experience working with and investing in Ugandan and Kenyan SMEs.
Stella is the good soul of the team with deep passion and plenty of energy running ideathons, workshops, and trainings. She is in the lead to gather impact data of StartHub activities.
Matthias sees Entrepreneurship as a tool to improve systems and bring one’s vision of the future to life. Passionate about working with innovators that are shaping the future.
Henry is a social entrepreneur and graduate of Development Studies from Makerere University. He is passionate about youth empowerment and entrepreneurship. He also dabbles in writing and he’s enthusiastic about the cultural preservation of indigenous Art and language.
Noah is a student of the Makerere University faculty for engineering, passionate about supporting others to innovate and build the future.
Stuart runs the code behind software that StartHub builds for its entrepreneurs – he shows all his patience and perseverance every day in making things happen.
Driven by a desire to have a lasting impact on the African continent, Gerald is dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs bring their ideas to fruition. He thrives at and enjoys working at the intersection of challenges, ideas, and people.
Shakila is passionate about exploring, creating and executing creative and innovative digital ventures that solve issues faced by different societies.
Joshua holds a degree in accounting and finance. He is a growth enthusiast, capacity builder, and entrepreneur. He is passionate about helping young adults to reach their full potential