Learning Journey to Silicon Savannah, Nairobi

24/02/2020-27/02/2020, Nairobi, Kenya

Get to know an economically booming Africa. Silicon Savannah, where a huge demand meets a newly networked society. Digital Africa as a starting point for new contacts and future cooperation. We in Europe have not recognized this side of Africa yet – our Learning Journey will change that.

A huge demand meets a newly interconnected economy

To most of Europe, Africa still means crises, catastrophes and wars, so we have not recognized that Africa’s businesses are booming. Our Learning Journey to Silicon Savannah will change that.

Too few of us are aware of the high economic growth rates of African countries and their pioneering solutions. Africa is the first “mobile-only” continent. 60 % of its 1.2 billion population are owning a mobile phone which gives them access to their bank accounts, acts as a credit card, provides them with medical advice, gives them market information and a platform to sell what they produce – generally it is a tool to earn a living.

African countries have simply by-passed the stage of fixed-line telecommunication, a banking system with only physical outlets and access to the internet only via desktop computers in their economic development. Can you imagine the ingenuity and power of innovation that has been released without Basel III und Solvency II restrictions?

Our program has been set-up in collaboration with LivingLab, a new-generation African think-tank. We show you what one of digital Africa’s hotspots has to offer. We will visit companies such as M-Pesa and hotspot-institutions as iHub or Gearbox. And we will meet local CEOs and other important decision makers. Additionally, we have also arranged visits to important spots of the city and a safari in Nairobi National Park.

What people who participated 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

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 a 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




Theme of the day: APPROACHING
Morning“Silicon Savannah: A new Africa breaks free”
Lectures and Talks from Nairobi business people and government officials
AfternoonField visits to Co-Working Space and
to successful Start-ups in ENERGYTECH
EveningSpecial dinner
Theme of the day: DIGITAL AFRICA
Morning“Mobile – access to communication and the money economy”
Field visit to Safaricom/M-Pesa, global market leader in “mobile money”
AfternoonField visits to Nairobi’s first open-access makers space and Nairobi’s co-working spaces like Gearbox, iHub and start-ups in FINTECH
EveningGrowing Nairobi: Bus ride, talk and visit of Nairobi’s modern malls


Theme of the day: URBAN AFRICA
Morning“Trajectory of the middle class”

“21st century entrepreneurship: A huge demand meets the networked global society”

Reading and discussion with artists and thinkers and ventures in EDUTECH and HEALTHTECH

AfternoonLocal tour to Kibera, Nairobi’s biggest informal settlement

Game Drive in Nairobi National Park Drive

EveningFree time


Theme of the day: CO-CREATION
MorningGerman companies in Kenya

Field visit to Eastleigh, “Little Mogadishu in Nairobi”

AfternoonChina in Africa

Synthesis: “New African-European relations: Co-Creation”, End of program at 6pm


optional: 2-day Safari to one of Kenya’s famous National Parks


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Who should join us on the Learning Journey?

1. CEOs, CIOs.
2. Business angels und incubators.
3. Decision makers in the fields of politics, business, technology, development cooperation and migration.


What will you get from it?

You will have got …

… a new perspective of digital Africa,
… insights into the techno-economic environment of Kenya and Eastern Africa,
… an awareness of how the digital revolution can meet the needs of people,
… ideas on how to access new markets,
… a sense of what the next global “big thing” could be,
… an understanding of smart approaches to African-European relations.


When and how much?

Next journey:
Monday, February 24th to Thursday, 27th, 2020

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

Booking before April 31st, 2019: EUR 2.600,– plus 20% VAT
Booking before October 31st, 2019: EUR 2.900,– plus 20% VAT
Booking after October 31st, 2019: EUR 3.400,– plus 20% VAT

The fee includes a program of lectures, company and field visits, a 4-night stay in a 4-star hotel in Nairobi, a city tour. Travel to and from Nairobi is not included.
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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 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.


Our partners are:

SUCCUS | Conferences organizes premium B2B-events in Germany und Austria. The focus is always on innovation and how to make change happen.

KienbaumPEOPLE make companies succeed.
That is why Kienbaum puts people first in all of its consulting services.




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You are welcome to 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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Report from the Learning Journey in January 2018