– Matching talent across the globe: African-European collaboration
The Silicon Savannah is where huge needs meet a newly interconnected society. With Digital Africa as a starting point for new contacts and future cooperation. Europe is only beginning to recognize this side of Africa – our Learning Journey will accelerate that.
Kenya is the economic powerhouse in East Africa – with a population of over 50 million people and a skilled youthful population. While Kenya has great potential for a coordinated international labor market, Austrian and German businesses are critical players on the demand side.
Our Learning Journey will be focused on linking key Kenyan minds to join international participants in co-designing solutions for a global labour market. The overall aim is to match talent to the right opportunities within and across borders.
What will you get from the Learning Journey?
- Access to agile people and organizations
- Starting points for further contacts and cooperation
- Ideas and Concepts of how to deal with the shortage of skilled people
- Understanding new approaches to collaborations
- New insights and understanding of Africa’s relevance
- Insights into a different digital transformation
What makes this Learning Journey different?
Our Learning Journey comes before you go on a classical business mission.
Entrepreneurial-thinking people from Europe will be joined by local entrepreneurs and thinkers. Together they complete the program.
|Classical business mission
|Objective: Develop ideas and concepts for a win-win co-creation
|Objective: to find new markets for a product or to find new input resources
|Joint experiencing of local reality and gaining insights
|Presenting and collecting information
|Planned contacts and serendipity contacts
|Getting planned contacts
|Emerging of new business ideas, value propositions, business models, and partnerships
|Role-out of certain products or services
Who should join us on the Learning Journey?
1. CEOs, CIOs.
2. Business angels and incubators.
3. Decision-makers in the fields of politics, business, technology, development cooperation and migration.
Generally speaking, we are looking out for entrepreneurial-thinking people. We think they can get the most out of this program.
|Approaching: A new kind of Africa Rising
|Context and Opportunities
|Field visits to successful Start-ups – ENERGYTECH
|Dinner with Nairobi business people
|Digital Africa: Mobile driving all tech
|Field Visits to tech companies, tech spaces and enablers
|Co-creation session: Matching talent in IT
|Urban Africa: The digital interconnected society
|Field visits EDUTECH and HEALTHTECH
|Urban Africa: The Digital Interconnected Society
|Synthesis: Defining principles
|Co-creation: New African-European Collaboration
|German companies in Kenya
|Exploring the success of China as an infrastructure powerhouse in Kenya
2-day Safari to one of Kenya’s famous National Parks
Monday to Thursday, September 23 to 26, 2024,
Individual travel to Nairobi on the Sunday before.
We start on Monday at 8 am and end on Thursday at 6 pm.
What are the costs?
Booking before March 31, 2024: EUR 2.100,– plus 20% VAT
Booking before June 31, 2024: EUR 2.400,– plus 20% VAT
Booking from July 1, 2024: EUR 2.900,– plus 20% VAT
The fee includes a program of lectures, company and field visits, four lunches, coffee and tea catering and one dinner. Hotel stays and travel to and from Nairobi are not included.
What people who participated in our Learning Journeys say
“I knew Kenya already very well. But in this Journey, I have really got to know another side. I want to become a facilitator for serious European business engagement in Africa.“
Florian Demmer, Entrepreneur, Founder and CEO of Coolibree GmbH, Austria
“The Learning Journey has been an outstanding experience! The selection of companies and people we met was truly amazing – from urban to digital to entrepreneurial Kenya. It felt like decades of experience condensed in just a few days. There is just so much going on right now in Kenya – a living lab in itself and we had a chance to grasp this spirit. The trip has definitely inspired me – to learn more and go back.“
a.o.Univ.Prof. Dr. Barbara Stöttinger, Dean WU Executive Academy, Vienna
“I’ve been touring the world’s Innovation Hot Spots for many years. The Silicon Savannah Journey was the best I’ve experienced so far. There are few regions that are so diverse and have such an enormous potential. Experiencing the innovative power of digital Africa has touched me deeply.”
Stephan Grabmeier, Zukunfstinstitut GmbH, Germany
“Enhancement of knowledge, fascinating ideas, exciting travel colleagues, start of new ideas ….“
Roland Tscheinig, CEO, OBJENTIS Software Integration GmbH
“My expectations have been completely exceeded – such diversity and variety of topics and encounters could not have been expected. I am very impressed by Kenya and its dedicated people.“
Jutta Jakobi, Deutsche Messe AG
“Dear Mr. Stoisser, … as a diplomat, I see myself as an “interpreter between cultures” – and you do it in the private sector, you have your target audience which you know and which trusts you. I would like to support you and your partners in exploring these possibilities, opening doors, taking advantage of opportunities – and, if necessary, averting dangers.”
Dr. Christian Fellner, Ambassador of the Republic of Austria in Kenya
Since 2017, ECOTEC and Identifire together with local collaborators have run Learning Journeys for Austrian/German business people in Kenya. Themed The Silicon Savannah, the main aim of these missions has been to showcase Nairobi’s technology ecosystem and to facilitate an in-depth immersion of the Kenyan business and innovation context for the participants.
This Learning Journey is a further development. The collaboration with Kenyan stakeholders will be deepened with a focus on the challenging topic Skilled Labor Migration.
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.