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Start me up Africa! Empowering Young Entrepreneurs
Start me up Africa
Wednesday October 26, 2016 Image: Eventbrite
5:15 pm - 9:00 pm


October 26, 2016
5:15 pm - 9:00 pm


Caballero Fabriek
Saturnusstraat 60
The Hague, 2516 AH Netherlands
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MinFA, 1%Club, Crosswise Works & partners

The Start Me Up Africa event consists of two elements: the Startup Battle from 09.00-17.00 (closed audience; and the Startup Talk from 17.15-21.00 (public event, small bite beforehand, networking drinks afterwards).

Startup Talk

When you start a business, whether in Africa or in the Netherlands, you will face similar challenges and will overcome similar hurdles. Together with thought leaders the Start me up Africa Talk is a deep dive into the Dutch and African startup scene, it’s fast moving developments, the highs & lows and the opportunities that arise.

Speaker line-up

Join an interactive Q&A-session with Prince Constantijn van Oranje, Special Envoy of StartupDelta and Minister Lilianne Ploumen, Minister for Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation, on the fast-moving landscape of startups that are increasingly active in new markets. Be inspired by Oscar Kneppers, founder of Rockstart (expanding internationally at a rapid pace) on his entrepreneurial journey and on creative leadership. Gain new insights on the growing African startup ecosystems and the Orange Corners initiative from Barry Dwolatzky, Director and CEO of Joburg Centre for Software Engineering. Acquire tips from African startup founders and youth ambassadors of the Road to Nairobi 2016, a project which connect and highlights youth entrepreneurs in eight African countries. Enjoy Marina Diboma, country head Netherlands of Africa 2.0. as the Master of Ceremony of the evening.


The four startup finalists who came out of the Reversed Innovation Battle during the day will present their business once more in front of the jury. Only one African and one Dutch startup wins a flight ticket to Nairobi and the opportunity to pitch at the prestigious Get in the Ring Final on November 30. This final takes place during the High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership.

Programme Timetable

17.15 Welcome and join us for a bite
18.00 Start Me Up Africa Talk
20.00 Networking drinks (own account)
21.00 Goodbye and goodnight

Registration details

Attendance is free of charge. Please let us know in time, should you be unable to attend. In case of no show, we will charge a 15 Euro fee.

Contact details

For more details and questions, you can contact Kaline van Halder, programme manager, Crosswise Works, via mail:.

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