In response to the great success of the event in 2017, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy will join together with the German–African Business Association (Afrika-Verein), the global network of German chambers of commerce and the ‘’ women entrepreneurs network to host the 2018 Start-up Night! Africa on 20 March 2018. It will bring together entrepreneurs from Africa’s digital sector, German start-ups and established companies. At the , entrepreneurs from Africa can present new, innovative solutions that have the potential to be brought to market in G2018ermany. German start-ups are also given the opportunity to present their digital business ideas aimed at the African market.
The Start-up Nights! organised by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy are an opportunity for young entrepreneurs to introduce themselves to established companies, industry associations and institutional investors, and to build networks. Young companies can showcase their digital business ideas to large corporations and SMEs. In turn, these well-established companies can also make use of the opportunity to talk to innovative start-ups.
So far, the ministry has organised seven of these events – each dedicated to a specific sector or region. These have included the healthcare and energy industries, municipal services, social entrepreneurship, aerospace, and innovations from and for Africa. A Start-up Night for Africa which was not restricted to any specific sector was held in 2017, and another “Start-up Night! Africa” is scheduled for 20 March 2018. More than 140 start-ups have pitched their innovations at these events and taken part in poster sessions.
Looking for cooperation: brand new business ideas meet well-established companies
The Start-up Nights! offer both start-ups and well-established companies an opportunity to meet with potential partners. As part of each Start-up Night!, there is an exhibition allowing start-ups and well-established firms from a particular sector an opportunity to showcase their innovative ideas and products and to engage in networking. This makes it possible for the well-established firms to pick up on innovative ideas for their companies and for young entrepreneurs to benefit from other companies’ experience.