Learning Journey to Silicon Savannah

23/09/2024-26/09/2024, Nairobi, Kenya

This Learning Journey is a further development. The collaboration with Kenyan stakeholders will be deepened with a focus on the Payment Ecosystem and Skilled Labor Migration.

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 Journeys are accelerating 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.

LEARNING JOURNEYClassical business mission
Objective: Develop ideas and concepts for a win-win co-creationObjective: to find new markets for a product or to find new input resources
Business developmentSales
Joint experiencing of local reality and gaining 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

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.


MondayApproaching Silicon Savannah
MorningContext and Opportunities
AfternoonField visits to successful Startups
EveningDinner with Nairobi business people
Tuesday Digital Africa – The Financial Sector
MorningThe Mobile Money Story: field visits to financial institutions and fintechs
AfternoonFurther field visits
EveningVisit to the National Park
Wednesday Urban Africa – the interconnected global society
MorningField visits to coworking spaces and startups
AfternoonNairobi’s informal settlements
EveningNetworking Dinner
Thursday Co-creation
MorningAfrican-European Collaboration
AfternoonSynthesis: defining principles
Fr/Sa optional:
2-day Safari to one of Kenya’s famous National Parks


Next date:
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 June 30, 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


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.