Learning Journey Digital Rwanda, Kigali

04/05/2020-07/05/2020, Kigali, Rwanda

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.



ZiplineAt 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 RwandaRwanda‘s e-health system, a company providing connectivity, an 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 KigaliAt the Kigali‘s „Innovation City“ we will have talks with Volkswagen‘s „Moving Rwanda“ initiative and a new smart phone 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 digitale transformation, different from ours
  • 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 could be
  • Understanding of new approaches to cooperation between Europe and Africa,
  • New insights and perspectives on the relevancy of Africa

What makes this journey different:
Classical business missionLEARNING JOURNEY
Presenting and collecting informationJoint experiencing of local reality and developing local knowledge and insights
Getting official contactsOfficial contacts and serendipity contacts
Role-out of certain products or servicesEmerging of new business ideas, value propositions, business models, and partnerships


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, 4th to Thursday 7th of May 2020 

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

Booking before November 30th 2019: EUR 2.700,– plus 20% VAT
afterwards: 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.)


Please contact us:

Hans Stoisser
hans.stoisser@ecotec.at, +43 676 9200200

Karin Krobath
karin.krobath@identifire.at, +43 699 1077 6611


Register here


What other people say

This will be our first Learning Journey to Rwanda. What other people who participated in one of our African Learning Journeys say:

It has really changed my life, at least the perspective on much of what we Europeans think is good, right, meaningful or whatever. What really counts is what locally is considered as appropriate.
Dr. Markus Griesbeck, Member of the Executive Board, Crespel & Deiters Group, Germany

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 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

“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, Chief Innovation Officer, Kienbaum und Partner GmbH – Kienbaum Consultants International, Germany

“I only knew the promoted program and that was already very good. But the reality then has exceeded my expectations many times! Best Learning Journey ever – strong impact on my life.
Bernhard Hoetzl, Entrepreneur, Co-Founder of kompany.com, Managing Partner of funkensprung.com

Who are the organizers?

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.


ECOTEC makes collaboration in Emerging Countries work.
We bring together many years of working experiences with companies and organizations at the interface with emerging countries, top management expertise and partnerships with leading European management institutions.


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



Further information:

Rwanda – the Proof-of-Concept country