Learn why StartHub fosters African Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

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 “unlock the potential of changemakers to create innovative and scalable businesses across Africa.”

We support African innovators with all they need: Training, community, access to finance, mentoring. We work with entrepreneurs and changemakers and especially university students. StartHub sees much potential in supporting them to solve the problems they experience every day. Trainings, workshops, and Ideathons on campuses across countries groom a variety of projects and startups. And it is not over there – our growth Catalyzer fills the gaps of high-quality support and early-stage investment for high-potential entrepreneurs and teams.

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.

Final Pitch: Mentors evaluate together with students.

Meet the team making it happen!

Laura, Co-Founder of StartHub Africa.

Laura Althaus

Co-Founder & Teamlead Academy

Timothy Maenda

Catalyzer Venture Associate

Timothy holds a degree in Accounting and Business Management as well as years of experience working with and investing in Ugandan and Kenyan SMEs.

Sophie Dienberg


Sophie is a passionate Design Thinker, loves to support others building inclusive solutions for their communities and has a special eye for things that are still missing.

Stuart Kalema

Developer in the Catalyzer

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.

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.

Stella Kizza

Academy Ideathons + M&E

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.

Ronald Kidasa


Andrew Tugume

Catalyzer Venture Associate

Andrew is an entrepreneur, developer, and artist - who loves to support and guide techies and innovators.

Nadia Ayaa


Nadia is a positive spirit and an organizational talent, bringing amazing energy and drive to our team and partners.

Matthias Möbius

Co-Founder & Teamlead Catalyzer

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.

Edson Niwamanya

Catalyzer Venture Associate

Edson is a certified coach with passion to support Social Entrepreneurs and early-stage startups. He easily infects others with his positivity as well as his explorative and curious mindset wherever he goes.

Esther Nabbumba


Esther is energetic and warm-hearted and just loves to make people happy by disbursing salaries, allowances, and all else on time.

Joshua Daaki


Joshua lives design. He breathes good vibes. He does things well. Passionate about building and designing great things, spreading the words, and making things look good.

Henry Wanume

Academy Coordinator

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 Mesfin

Junior Consultant

Noah is a student of the Makerere University faculty for engineering, passionate about supporting others to innovate and build the future.