Official Opening of the Startup Haus Tunis

In Tunisia’s Capital Tunis, yesterday evening, the Startup Haus Tunis was officially opened. The first entrepreneurship center of its kind in Tunisia is a cooperation project by enpact e.V. and the Westerwelle Foundation for International Understanding.

The German Ambassador to Tunisia, H.E. Andreas Reinicke, gave a warm and motivational welcoming speech at the opening ceremony.

The Startup Haus in Downtown Tunis is supposed to serve as the central spot for founders, and young people with an interest in entrepreneurship, to meet and share ideas. The Startup Haus offers them all relevant information, services, contacts and programmes, all in one location. In cooperation with local partners the center streamlines existing initiatives and programmes in an open space. This concept makes the Startup Haus unique.

The building’s office space of 500 square meters is spread on two floors, including more than 40 co-working spaces, three separate offices, a seminar room and a large event room.
Startups, prospective founders and interested parties are provided access to co-working spaces, office supplies and communication infrastructure, to national and international programmes, workshops as well as contact to potential investors, public authorities and legal consultation. These include, NGO’s and governmental organizations, the local and international chamber of commerce, incubators and private sector initiatives. The entrepreneurs receive advice and consultation regarding all relevant programmes and services in the field of entrepreneurship. Ranging from early-stage business support such as business plan creation and product development to specific challenges that entrepreneurs face during their entrepreneurial journey. The first group of founders has already moved into the Startup Haus.

In late 2014, the idea for the project had begun shaping into a robust plan to establish a center for entrepreneurs. From the beginning of their cooperation, the partners Westerwelle Foundation and enpact have focused on Tunisia. In the years following the Arab Spring in 2011, Tunisia has embarked upon a long journey to democracy and market economy, and has stayed on its course despite setbacks. This positive development is supposed to be fostered by establishing the Startup Haus and through giving impulses in the field of entrepreneurship.

In his welcoming words at the opening ceremony, Westerwelle Foundation’s Head of Office Alexander Vogel said, “We are very happy and glad to have implemented this project together with our partner enpact. It is right here on the ground, where we can create perspectives for young Tunisians, and thereby support Tunisia on its path to a stable economic and democratic future.”

Enpact founder Dr. Sebastian Rubatscher added, “The Startup Haus is the logical step and right tool at the exact right time to take the Tunisian startup-ecosystem to the next level.”