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Start your Startup at your University.

We guide you in 9 weeks from idea to implementation.
Build your Startup Lean and with Design-Thinking: StartHub means experience, not theory.

Start your Business Lean, with Design-Thinking and little Capital

Students from the StartHub Academy hold different signs: Big Dreamer, Team Builder, Social, Innovative, Persistent

We offer students a 9 weeks practical entrepreneurship academy together with our partner universities in Uganda and Rwanda.

StartHub Africa trainers guide students to start their own business already during the training without a lot of capital. Students 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. Then, you can apply to get weekly mentorship from experts and 4 Million UGX investment in the StartHub Catalyzer.

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Join the StartHub Academy 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.

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The StartHub Curriculum: Experience, not theory.


StartHub Africa offers a highly practical training that enables participants in all kind of business domains. This training empowers participants to start a business that solves an actual problem and is financially profitable and scalable. Using 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.

The background of our curriculum: Proven concepts and a lot of feedback

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StartHub Africa’s curriculum builds on science-based concepts: The action-oriented approach comes from STEP, a concept that produced 88 jobs per 100 participants trained in developing countries.

The overall structure is determined by Eric Ries’ “Lean Startup” and “Running Lean” by Ash Maurya, while practical and playful methods come from Neck’s “Teaching Entrepreneurship”. The mindset part follows the “EntreComp” of the EU Commission’s Joint Research Center. Prof. Leifer (Stanford University) experimented with design thinking in emerging countries and thereby inspires the curriculum.

In cooperation with lecturers and students, the proven concepts are 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

For any other inquiries, contact our local teams!

Kampala, Uganda.

Kigali, Rwanda.