Learning Journey Digital Rwanda, Kigali

02/05/2022-05/05/2022, Kigali, Rwanda

The small country of a thousand hills, is a pioneer and the scene of a unique digital transformation. New developments emerge, also because old technologies and vested interests are not in their way. - A four-day learning journey.

Dreamers of a Digital Society

A digital transformation on a greenfield, closer to people’s needs. – What we can learn from Africa.

Rwanda, the land of a thousand hills. Rebuilt after the destructive genocide 25 years ago. Today, it is a pioneer and the scene of a unique digital transformation.

A Learning Journey with many direct encounters and meetups, discussions, also on controversial political topics, and emerging economic opportunities.

What to expect?

We explore the digital foundation of Rwanda and the start-up scene of the capital Kigali. Networking and co-creation is our focus.

Together with our local partners, Africa-management-expert Hans Stoisser and management-geographer Karin Krobath.



Faith Keza

After an introduction by the Rwanda Development Board, we will visit Ms Faith Keza, the young Lady running Irembo, the e-government platform. And we will visit an Energytech company, the startup “Code of Africa” and software developers. Ending then with a networking event in the backyard “garage” of a company.



At Fred Swaneker‘s African Leadership University we will discuss Africa‘s contribution to the digital society. And we will visit the Startup House and get to know some of these young entrepreneurs. In the afternoon we will go out of town, to ZIPLINE, the world‘s first cargo drone line.


Agriculture in Rwanda

Rwanda‘s e-health system, a company providing connectivity, a university engaged in artificial intelligence, that will be the morning program. In the afternoon we again go out of the city, to visit new forms of agricultural entrepreneurship ventures.


Awesomity Lab in Kigali

At the Kigali‘s „Innovation City“ we will have talks with Volkswagen‘s „Moving Rwanda“ initiative and a new smartphone production facility. After visiting the pan-African IT education initiative „Andela“ we will finally recap and discuss possibilities for African-European co-creation .

What will you get from it?

  • Insights into a different digital transformation
  • Access to agile people and organizations
  • Starting points for further contacts and cooperation
  • Ideas and Concepts for access to new markets
  • Indications of what the next market disruptions can be
  • Understanding new approaches of collaborations
  • New insights and understanding of Africa’s relevance

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What makes this Learning Journey different?

Our Learning Journey comes before you go on a classical business mission:

LEARNING JOURNEYClassical business mission
Joint experiencing of local reality and developing local knowledge and insightsPresenting and collecting information
Planned contacts and serendipity contactsGetting planned contacts
Emerging of new business ideas, value propositions, business models, and partnershipsRole-out of certain products or services
Peer group – Changes need a fresh look to the outside and from the outside.

The group consists of entrepreneurial thinking people. Joint development of knowledge and ideas is important to us. Hans Stoisser and his local partners provide additional inputs.

Who is participating?

CEOs, CIOs, CDOs of big and small companies, Business Angels and political decision-makers

When and how much?

Next journey:
Monday, 2nd to Thursday 5th of May 2022

Individual travel to Kigali on Sunday before.
We start on Monday at 9 am and end on Thursday at 6 pm.


Christmas bird:
Booking before December 24th, 2021: EUR 2.400,– plus 20% VAT
Early Bird:
Booking before February 28th 2022:  EUR 2.700,– plus 20% VAT.
Last bird:
Booking after March 1st, 2022: EUR 3.200,– plus 20% VAT

The fee includes hotel staying (4 nights), breakfast, lunch and dinner (except one free evening), a program of lectures, company and field visits, a city tour. (Travel to and from Kigali is not included.)

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What other people say

What people of our first Learning Journey to Rwanda say:

In a 4-day intensive program, Hans Stoisser and Karin Krobath have provided a deep insight into the dynamics and the pioneering digital economic strategy of Rwanda. Our many discussion partners in start-ups, established companies, universities and authorities have convinced me that Rwanda is on a very exciting path and offers a lot of potential. My expectations for this trip were far exceeded!“

Andrea Stürmer, CEO, Zürich Versicherungs-Aktiengesellschaft, Vienna

Anyone who wants to see leapfrogging innovations and the transformation of a continent can not ignore Africa and its rapid development. We can learn a lot from the drivers of this movement – especially in bottom-of-the-pyramid innovations. The Learning Journeys to Rwanda and Kenya are like a journey of discovery with innovators. For me, every journey has been enlightening.“

Stephan Grabmeier, Management Practitioner for Sustainable Business Transformation, New Work und Innovation

‘Leapfrogging’ was one of the terms I used to travel to Rwanda and was able to convince me locally. A country in the midst of departure and in noticeable movement. At one point catching up, in other areas development stages are skipped. Special thanks go to the perfect organization and the entire Learning Journey crew for the moving insights.”

Jana Rösch, Director Bürgerstiftung Volksbank Mittweida

As CEO of a German company operating in Kigali, the Learning Journey Rwanda was doubly exciting: Through the exchange with the other participants, I was once again able to reflect on the experiences since my arrival 6 months ago. On the other hand, as a participant, I was able to get to know projects, organizations and companies that once again sharpened my view of the ecosystem.“

Anja Schlösser, CEO, Code of Africa

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Who is behind the journey?

Hans Stoisser (author of “The Black Tiger – what we can learn from Africa“) and Karin Krobath have joined forces to create this program. They have two things in common: They are both management consultants and both are passionate about African countries. Hans brings his expertise as a Malik-Associate and extensive experience in African countries. Karin brings her passion for brand positioning, innovation culture and empowerment together with honorary board functions for Light for the World.



NextAfrica – We bring together purpose-driven organizations from Africa and Europe to collaborate and co-create.

NextAfrica is powered by:


ECOTEC makes collaboration in Emerging Countries work.
– We bring together many years of entrepreneurial experiences with companies and organizations at the interface between Europe and Africa.


IDENTIFIRE specializes on Employer Branding and Corporate Culture. Clarity on brands and strategy and focus on innovations are essential.


The Living Lab at the University of Nairobi is a co-creative space for researchers and experts who have a common interest in sustainable urban change.

NextAfrica’s partners are:

Stephan Grabmeier is Purpose Innovation Contributor for sustainable business transformation, New Work and innovation.

Code of Africa

Code of Africa – Our heart beats for building a business bridge between tech talents in East Africa and the demand for IT services in Europe.

Further reading:

Rwanda – the Proof-of-Concept country

For further information please contact us:
Hans Stoisser, hans.stoisser@ecotec.at, +43 676 9200200
Karin Krobath, karin.krobath@identifire.at, +43 699 1077 6611

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