African Entrepreneurship. Innovation. Opportunities.

Learn what we do. And why.

Ugandan Entrepreneurs of the StartHub Academy walking around to spot business opportunities.

Why StartHub supports African innovation and entrepreneurship

Societies have challenges to solve. And someone has to solve them. Wealth creation considering the SDG`s is paramount to positive and inclusive development in Africa. Though, aid has proven to be ineffective. A new paradigm where change comes from within societies and communities requires confidence, skills, and resources to materialize. VilCap has shown in 2019 that 90% of investments went to startups with expat Co-Founders. Entrepreneurship is challenged to drive inequality. We have done a deep-dive into where so many African problem-solvers will come from in emerging countries: The universities. University-based African entrepreneurship support is not well-coordinated and executed. StartHub has built viable pathways for African student entrepreneurs to build ventures. For those startups to have an impact, they must be innovative, scalable, and change systems. We support African entrepreneurs to be the changemakers they can be.

Our vision for entrepreneurship in Africa

Our vision is to “support entrepreneurs and changemakers to build scalable and innovative businesses that improve lives.”

We support with literally all they lack: Training, encouragement, access to finance, mentoring. We work with entrepreneurs and changemakers as they are change-agents who know their contexts to bring about positive development. Scalability is key for more impact in all approaches where impact is not systemically reached. StartHub believes in innovation as a broad term for new applied solutions from tech to organizational structures or better processes. And we work with African startups that have positive impact on lives in the broad sense of sustainability – such that are not harmful to people or environment.

We work on becoming an Africa-wide university-based entrepreneurship movement. StartHub looks at boosting changemakers from a systemic lense: With African universities, StartHub builds integrated entrepreneurship programs. Our content is used in class and certificate programs. Our student clubs orgnaize 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.

Final Pitch: Mentors evaluate together with students.

Meet the team making it happen!

Laura, Co-Founder of StartHub Africa.

Laura Althaus

Program Development

LMU Munich, Psychology & Consulting Experience

Joel, a team member of StartHub Africa standing on a lake.

Joel Bamwise

Consultancy & Investment

Joel holds degrees in law and business administration from Uganda Christian University. He is an entrepreneurship enthusiast with many years of experience in training and promoting startups and business. He has diverse knowledge from nurturing startups up to investment stage. Joel has started movements around entrepreneurship promotion such as SpinAfrica with the goal to spin Africa Upside-up through startup and youth development.

Joanita Babirye

Academy Coordinator

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.

Matthias Möbius

StartHub Catalyzer

LMU Munich, Physics & Scholar at the Bavarian Elite Academy