January 29th to February 1st, 2018, in Nairobi

Learning from digital Africa

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 Strathmore Business School and 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.

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Monday, January 29, 2018

Theme of the day: APPROACHING

Start of program at 10.00am
Welcome Reception and Introductory lecture:
“Silicon Savannah: A new Africa breaks free – societal change and new business opportunities”


Welcome Lunch


Konza Technopolis

Field visit to successfull Start-up in the energy sector


Reception, hosted by Austrian Embassy in Nairobi

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Theme of the day: DIGITAL AFRICA


Introductory lecture:
“Mobile phone and mobile money – access to communication and the money economy for hundred millions of people”
with a guest speakers from M-Pesa, the world market leader in “mobile money”

Visit of Nairobi’s first open-access makers space for prototyping and design




Field Visits to successful enterprise in off-grid solar systems

Visit to Nairobi first co-working space and affiliated companies

“Digital transformation in Africa”, lecture by Bitange Ndemo, former member of Government and important “enabler” of Kenya’s digital revolution


Growing Nairobi: Malls in the City

Networking Dinner

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Theme of the day: URBAN AFRICA


Introductory lecture: “Trajectory of the middle class”
Reading and discussion with artists and thinkers from Kwani Trust

Visit of an accelerator and affiliated start-ups




Hotspot Nairobi

“21st century entrepreneurship: a huge demand meets a networked society”
Local tour to Kibera, Nairobis biggest informal settlement: Tech in informal settlement

Nairobi National Park Game Drive 


Informal Dinner
Thursday, February 1, 2018

Theme of the day: CO-CREATION


Briefing by Delegation of German Industry and Commerce in Kenya (AHK)

Lectures and talks with “Digital Medical Information research project” and start-ups in health sector

Talk and discussion: “China in Africa”




Field visit to Eastleigh, “Little Mogadishu in Nairobi”

Synthesis: “Business with the poor, for the poor and Co-Creation”
Debriefing, next steps, exchange of contacts

6.00 pm

End of program

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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?

Individual arrival on Sunday, January 28th, 2017
The program starts on Monday, January 29th, at 10am and ends on Thursday, February 1st, 2018, in Nairobi, at 6pm.

Program fee is EUR 2.900,– plus 20% VAT
The fee includes a program of lectures, company and field visits, a 5-night stay in a 4-star hotel in Nairobi, a city tour and a night game safari. 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.


IDENITÄTER specializes on Employer Branding and Corporate Culture. Markenschärfe, Strategieklarheit und Innovationsfreude sind die Hebel, an denen wir seit über 10 Jahren für große Namen und kleine Flaggschiffe drehen.


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.


Strathmore Business School has a sound reputation for the effective development of talent and has consistently been ranked as the top Business School in Kenya.



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.



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For more information

You are welcome to contact us:

Hans Stoisser, hans.stoisser@ecotec.at, +43 676 9200200
Karin Krobath, karin.krobath@identitaeter.at, +43 699 1077 6611