Westerwelle Entrepreneurship Program: East Africa 2023

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Deadline: December 15th, 2022

Applications open for the Westerwelle Entrepreneurship Program, submit straight away!

The 6-month Westerwelle Entrepreneurship Program designed for cutting-edge tech startups in Tanzania and Rwanda. 30 chosen startups will receive the tools, networks, and infrastructure they need to improve their technological offerings.

​Make-IT in Africa is a project run by the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development that provides funding for this initiative (BMZ).

  • 6-month free access to workspace at the Westerwelle Startup Haus Kigali/Westerwelle Startup Haus Arusha
  • Access to Makerspace / digital fabrication lab and product development support
  • Business and leadership skills training with specialized experts
  • Technical advisory support: legal, financial and digital marketing
  • Individual mentoring with investors, business leaders and industry experts
  • Online/offline meetups with peers and entrepreuneurial communities around the world
  • Linkage with East African corporates, investors and other key players


  • You are passionate about building an innovative high-growth venture addressing a need in a market
  • Your product is built on technology: IOT/ Sensoring, Data Analytics/ Intelligence/ AI/ Machine Learning, Virtual Reality, Robotics, Drones/Aerial Imagery, Digital Platforms, Blockchain, etc.
  • You and your team members are domain experts with complimentary skills and have a track record working as a team
  • Your startup solution has a clear business model and is able to scale its operations in East Africa
  • Your startup’s product/service contributes to the achievement of the SDGs (i.e., safe and fair job creation, potential to help underserved or low-income communities, climate mitigation and adaptation)
  • You have women in your management team (executive or non-executive)
  • Your operations are based in Rwanda or Tanzania
  • Application deadline: December 15th, 2022 at 11:59 pm EAT
  • Online Info session 1: November 23rd, 2022 at 4:00pm EAT
  • Online Info session 2: December 9th, 2022 at 4:00pm EAT
  • Notification of selection: December 24th, 2022
  • Program start: January 3rd, 2023

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