Welcome to StArfrica - Startup Germany-Africa
a pilot project of the ZIFET of the University Koblenz-Landau, fundet by the BMWi.
May 2020 to April 2024


In the terms of the formation of a continental bridge it is the mission of StArfrica - Startup Germany-Africa to increase the attractiveness of Germany - especially as a country of business start-ups from the scientific community - for African start-ups and to sensitize and facilitate the market entry of German start-ups in Africa, but if necessary also for the market entry of small and medium-sized companies in Africa. This will be implemented on a pilot basis with Rwanda and especially with the University of Rwanda in Kigali as a cooperation partner of ZIFET.



The objective of the bridgehead in Rwanda is to promote business start-ups from the field of science together with the University of Rwanda (Incubation) and especially to sensitize, motivate, advise and support (Attraction) for the possibility of founding a business in Germany, if necessary by means of an EXIST-founder's-scholarship.
The objective of the bridgehead in Germany is to sensitize scientific start-ups in Germany for the potential market entry in Africa (Sensitization) and to provide relevant information and contacts (Arbritation).
The objective of the bridge between Germany and Rwanda is to contribute to a foundation-related business interaction of start-up teams (Exchange) between both countries with their respective start-up ecosystems, which also includes the economic relation (Connection) between start-ups from both countries as well as between small and medium-sized companies and start-ups.



Under the direction of Prof. Dr. Harald von Korflesch (founder and director of ZIFET and the School of Entrepreneurial Design Thinking® at the University of Koblenz-Landau), Dr. Kornelia van der Beek (managing director of ZIFET and the Start-up Office of the University of Koblenz - Landau) and MSc. Niklas Richter (StArfrica Project Manager) and Marlene Göbel (Project Assistant StArfrica) and our partners at the University of Rwanda, we are currently putting together a competent team with many years of experience in the field of international entrepreneurship in order to jointly achieve the objectives of the pilot project StArfrica - Startup Germany-Africa.


We are looking forward to implementing the pilot project StArfrica - Startup Germany-Africa together with a large number of great partners.

Afro Deutsches Akademiker Netzwerk e.V.

Afrika-Verein der deutschen Wirtschaft e.V.

Association des Femmes Solidaires Koblenz (FSK)

Business + Innovation Center (bic) Kaiserslautern

Ecoliance Rheinland-Pfalz e.V.

Enpact e.V.

Goethe-Institut Kigali

Gründungsbüros Rheinland-Pfalz/Saarland

Hochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg

Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Verkehr, Landwirtschaft und Weinbau, Rheinland-Pfalz

Mittelstand Alliance Africa (MAA) des Bundesverband mittelständische Wirtschaft Unternehmerverband Deutschlands e.V. (BVMW)

Rwanda Diaspora Global Network (RDGN)

Startup League Koblenz

Stiftung Entrepreneurship – Faltin Stiftung

University of Rwanda

VASKO – Verein afrikanischer Studierender Koblenz e.V.

Verein Partnerschaft Rheinland-Pfalz/Ruanda e.V.

Verein zur Förderung nachhaltiger Entwicklung in Ruanda e.V.

VR Bank Südpfalz

World Innovations Forum Foundation


In addition to our partner network within the framework of the pilot project StArfrica - Startup Germany-Africa, we are closely linked with the following institutions and are open for further partnerships.


AG Careerhub

DAAD in Ruanda

Deutsche Botschaft in Ruanda

Deutsche Botschaft von Ruanda in Deutschland

German Rwandan Tech Network

GIZ in Ruanda

Handwerkskammer Koblenz in Kigali

ICT Chamber Rwanda

Impact Hub Kigali

Kigali Innovation City


Koordinationsbüro des Landes Rheinland-Pfalz in Kigali - Jumelage

Ministry of ICT and Innovation Rwanda

Ministry of Trade and Industry Rwanda

Private Sector Federation - Stiftung Bildung für Subsahara Afrika

trAIDe GmbH

Wirtschaftsnetzwerk Afrika


Would you like to know more about StArfrica - Startup Germany-Africa?
Do not hesitate to contact us.

Niklas Richter
Project Manager StArfrica
University Koblenz-Landau
Universitätsstraße 1 | 56070 Koblenz

+49 261 287 2324