About the Westerwelle Entrepreneurship Programme East Africa

The Westerwelle Entrepreneurship Programme East Africa supports 30 digital and tech-enabled startups with high market potential in East Africa. The programme moves from past local focus to a more regional approach and provides six months of acceleration to 20 startups based in Kigali and Rwanda, as well as 10 startups based in Arusha, Tanzania. Among these startups, 20 are growth-stage and 10 are early-stage.

Westerwelle Entrepreneurship Programme East Africa

“Previously, the programme prioritized investment readiness. Now, considering Africa’s market challenges, our East African programme is honed on scaling beyond borders, attracting more investors, and boosting business growth.”

– Sarah Rukundo, Country Director for Rwanda

Programme Benefits

Free Access

6 months free access to workspace


Access to Makerspace / Digital fabrication lab and product development support


Business and leadership skills training with specialized experts

Technical Advisory

Technical advisory support: legal, financial and digital marketing


Individual mentoring with investors, business leaders and industry experts


Online/offline meetups with peers and entrepreneural communities around the world


East Africa corporate linkages



startups supported


jobs created

$ 3.5M

revenue raised

*Results from the previous programme in 2022

Programme Donors

We sincerely thank GIZ and MAKE-IT in Africa for their vital support in empowering Westerwelle Startup Haus through the programme, driving innovation and economic growth in Rwanda and Tanzania.

Westerwelle Entrepreneurship Programme East Africa - Donors

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