Next Generation Africa Think Glocal Startup Africa Roadtrip for East African Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Next Generation Africa Think Glocal Startup Africa Roadtrip for East African Entrepreneurs and Innovators

Startup Africa Roadtrip is a 100% free support program targeting the best entrepreneurs and innovators in East Africa, offering mentorship, training, connection to investors and industrial partners and a trip to Italy for the top performers! The program is organized by the non-profit association BeEntrepreneurs, which has already organized two very successful mentorship programs in Kampala and one in Nairobi.

The goal is to scout and select startup founders, innovators, makers and young talents who intend to develop products or services with high potential impact on relevant topics. The selected startups will take part in a free week of training and co-planning at Norrsken House Kigali in August 2023 with the chance to win a fully funded trip to Italy in the spring 2024.


  • The trip will allow the selected startups to present their projects to Italian professionals, universities, investments funds and to build bridges between our two ecosystems of innovation.

  • Startup Africa Roadtrip want to give brilliant African innovators the opportunity to build strong relationships with local and Italian/European stakeholders for a win-win business approach, creating a collaborative, multicultural and innovative entrepreneurial ecosystem without barriers and borders!

  • Startups selected to participate in the bootcamp week will have the chance to create long-term, valuable connections with stakeholders of the local ecosystem of innovation and with our network of Italian partners and excellences.

    Furthermore, the best 3, evaluated during a final event by a jury made up of members from Rwandan universities, incubators, investors, and institutions, will win the opportunity to travel to Italy for a fully funded road trip to meet potential partners. Moreover:

  • They will have the opportunity to collaborate and co-design new ideas with some of the most-influential stakeholders of the Rwandan ecosystem of innovation;

  • They will also have the opportunity to network with mentors, potential investors, partners, and other interesting stakeholders;

  • Throughout the bootcamp, participants will have access to not only learning opportunities, but also exciting, engaging, and inspiring events;

  • They will have the chance to improve
    their early business features with tailored mentorship and tutoring, and work with experts to enhance the potential of their projects;

  • They will also have the opportunity to improve their storytelling and build compelling pitches;

  • Startups will have the chance to present their ideas to the local investor network and other influential individuals, and foster conversation with them;

  • All the startups will enter our community of professionals and individuals with shared passions and ambitions!


    The selection committee evaluates all the applications with also 1-1 in-depth meetings


    Introduce our methodology and prepare startups to the bootcamp in Kigali, Rwanda


    An intense journey of learning by doing and fruitful meetings with the key players of the local innovation ecosystem (7th – 11th of August 2023)

    Final Event

    Showcase your progress and take your startup to the next level!

    Application steps

    Screening phase

  • Tell us about your team and project/ startup with detailed info about your project, revenues and customers.

    What You Need

  • Pitch Deck (mandatory)

  • Business Plan (optional)

    One to One phase

  • Let’s get to know each other better. This is your chance to show to us your potential.

    What You Need:

  • Pitch Deck

  • Business Plan (optional)

  • Prototype (optional)

  • Visual explanations (optional)

    Announcement Day

  • We will get in touch with the team that has made it to the bootcamp in Kigali!


  • Time to e-meet your future partners, mentors and other startups. It’s a great time to show your soft skills.

    What You Need:

  • Pitch Deck

  • A lot of.. energy!

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; Next Generation Africa Think Glocal Startup Africa Roadtrip for East African Entrepreneurs and Innovators

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