We offer students a 9 weeks practical entrepreneurship academy together with our partner universities in Uganda and Rwanda.
Students are guided to start their own business already during the training without a lot of capital. They attend one practical session of 3 hours each week and work during the week on their business.
After the training, they are invited to present their business at the nation-wide StartHub Pitch-Event and they can get further support through the StartHub Catalyzer.Check the Catalyzer.
Join StartHub at your university
Each semester we run the StartHub Africa Academy at our partner institutions in Uganda and Rwanda.
The academy is open to students from all faculties and free of charge. However, admission is restricted to 50 students per class so we can keep a practical approach.
Interested students have to fill an application in the beginning of the semester at their university. From all applications 50 students are admitted to take the course.
You are a student in Uganda or Rwanda and want to join? Pre-register here and we will inform you about the next intake at your institution.Pre-Register for RwandaPre-Register for Uganda
The StartHub Curriculum: Experience, not theory.
StartHub Africa offers a highly practical training that enables participants in all kind of business domains to start a business that solves an actual problem and is financially profitable and scalable. Through Design-Thinking methods adapted to the local context, we enable students to think outside the box and to implement innovative ideas. Click yourself through our 9 sessions in the slider below.
Week 1: Discover yourself!
Great entrepreneurs are passionate and use their strengths. In session 1 students are guided to discover their own personality and generate business ideas based on their passion and skills.
Week 2: Solve a problem!
Entrepreneurs don't simply sell something. They create value and solve a real problem. In week 2, Students are guided to spot problems outside class and to turn them into opportunities.
Week 3: Financial Feasibility
A great idea is not enough, a business needs to be profitable. StartHub provides students with easy methods to quickly calculate if their business ideas can become profitable and scalable in the long-run.
Week 4: Customer Interviews
In week 4 Students start working on their own business. They chose a customer segment and a problem they want to solve and are guided to conduct problem interviews and market research.
Week 5: Ideate & Prototype!
To solve the discovered problems, students are guided through design-thinking-methods to generate innovative business ideas and to come up with a first paper prototype.
Week 6: Minimum Viable Product
After conducting solution interviews with the paper prototype, students are guided to build the first minimum version of their product to collect further customer feedback.
Week 7: Business Modelling
A great product is not enough. The entire business model around must be working. Students are guided to develop a first business model and to test it immediately while getting their first customers.
Week 8: Pitching
While students continue working on their business model, they learn how to give a great pitch-presentation that convinces investors, potential customers and supporters.
Week 9: Strategic Planning
Students are prepared how to continue their business successfully after the academy. They develop an strategic plan and set their milestones regarding sales and customers they want to reach.
The background of our curriculum: Proven concepts and a lot of feedback
The StartHub Africa curriculum is based on scientifically proven concepts: The action-oriented approach is borrowed from STEP, a concept that yielded 88 jobs per 100 participants trained in developing countries.
The high-level structure is governed by Eric Ries’ “Lean Startup” and “Running Lean” by Ash Maurya , while practical and playful methods stem from Neck’s “Teaching Entrepreneurship”. The mindset part has its base in the “EntreComp” by the Joint Research Center of the EU Commission while Prof. Leifer (Stanford University) experimented with design thinking in emerging countries which inspired the curriculum.
In co-creation with lecturers and students the proven concepts have been tailored to the needs of students in East-Africa.
If you want to know more about the curriculum or receive a sample session, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.