StartUp School Africa Week 2020

Join us in building a StartUp School network in Africa!

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Haaga-Helia StartUp School and Ambitious Africa are starting a big joint project called ‘StartUp School goes Africa’. The project will be launched to the world during Africa Week on November 2-6, 2020. In this great joint project, Nordic and African student colleagues will put their heads together and create a new kind of entrepreneurial environment and a better world, with the support of local governments, universities, and professionals from various fields.

– Despite the corona crisis, students must have opportunities to try entrepreneurship in practice, build an international network, have inspiring learning opportunities, and spend their time meaningfully while gaining credit points. We believe this collaboration offers exactly that, and we invite everyone to join us, says head of StartUp School Hannele Mennala.


As part of the theme week, there will be a three-hour innovation competition with interesting keynote speeches. Participants will work in small groups innovating new and fresh ideas for exporting entrepreneurship education to Africa. At the end of the Hackathon the teams will present their ideas and rough project plans. A jury consisting of Finnish and African experts will select the winning team, which will be awarded.

StartUp School will also start a new Work & Study Africa project course, through which students become familiar with education export opportunities, with a particular focus on building business incubators in African universities.

Both the EU’s and Finland’s Africa-strategies aim for a strong partnership with African countries, and StartUp School wants to be involved in developing those relations on its part. Haaga-Helia StartUp School has been attracting interest abroad for years and the operating model has been exported to several countries, so the cooperation with Ambitious Africa is a natural continuation to that work. See the video of previous projects here.



Ambitious Africa project has well-known, experienced and enthusiastic types of doers involved, such as Peter Vesterbacka and Minister for Development Cooperation and Foreign Trade Ville Skinnari. Ambitious Africa project involves already half of African countries, and the goal is to expand the operations to all 54 countries. Students can also join internship and volunteering projects, which will fill the gap left by the cancellation of big events such as Slush and NBF.

Highlights of StartUp School Africa Week:

Monday 2.11. at 1430 (UTC+02)  Pre-Event hosted by @peki_jay (Facebook & IG live)
Tuesday 3.11. at 16-19 (UTC+02)  StartUp School goes Africa Launch (Main event)
Wednesday 4.11. at 16-19 (UTC+02) StartUp School goes to Africa Hackathon.


More information:

Hannele Mennala, head of StartUp School, +358 50 486 8586