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Start-up Night! Africa

Connecting Africa's women entrepreneurs to the world

Start-up Night! Africa events take place in major cities across the globe and are designed to stimulate market access for Africa's exciting next generation of high potential women entrepreneurs.


For many women entrepreneurs in Africa, getting access to key global markets is a real challenge. There is a need to provide powerful platforms where established and up-and-coming women entrepreneurs on the continent who are developing innovative solutions and products can showcase their businesses to the world’s buyers, influencers, investors and collaborators. Lionesses of Africa's Start-up Night! Africa events take place in major cities across the globe and connect Africa's exciting new generation of women entrepreneurs to international market opportunities.




Start-up Night! Africa - Berlin, Germany

20 March 2018, starting at 6pm / Venue: Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy Invalidenstraße 48, 10115 Berlin

Watch a live stream of the event online at, which will be made available on 20 March 2018 starting at 6pm.

Download programme here (PDF, 985KB)


UK Start-up Night! Africa - London

26 April 2018, starting at 6.30pm / Venue: Oxo2, Level Two Oxo Tower Wharf, Bargehouse Street, London SE1 9PH


START-UP NIGHT! AFRICA - Berlin, 26 October 2017

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The first in a series of Lionesses of Africa Start-up Night! Africa events took place in Berlin on 26 October 2017, in partnership with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy in Germany. 5 High growth potential women entrepreneurs from the Lionesses of Africa community will pitch their digital solutions at this event, to an audience of over 250 attendees. 


Brigitte Zypries, Federal Minister for Economic Affairs & Energy Opens Start-up Night! Africa

Digital Women Pitch at Start-up Night! Africa in Berlin October 2017

Melanie Hawken Keynote Address at Start-up Night! Africa in Berlin October 2017

Highlights of Start-up Night! Africa in Berlin on 26 October 2017



"A key goal is to bring together African entrepreneurs with German startups and German technology. One of the ways in which we are doing this is by hosting a ‘Start-up Night! Africa’."

- (Left) Brigitte Zypries, German Federal Minister for Economic Affairs and Energy


"We've launched this powerful partnership to showcase amazingly talented women in tech from across Africa to German partner companies, collaborators and potential investors."

- (Right) Melanie Hawken, founder & ceo of Lionesses of Africa


5 inspirational Lionesses of Africa selected to showcase their digital solutions at Startup-Night! Africa in Berlin


Temie Giwa-Tubosun, founder of Lifebank (Nigeria)

Getting safe blood supplies delivered to those who need it most using the power of technology.

Company Website

Startup Story


Brenda Katwesigye, founder of Wazi Vision (Uganda)

A mobile app that uses virtual reality technology to perform visual acuity tests.

Company Website

Startup Story


Vere Shaba, founder of the Shaba & Ramplin (South Africa)

A mobile App to monitor, control, report and track green building performance in real time.

Company Website

Startup Story


Benji Coetzee, founder of Empty Trips (South Africa)

An online trip exchange using smart technology to match & connect spare capacity on a truck, train, plane or ship to those requiring goods transported.

Company Website

Startup Story


Josephine Marie Godwyll, founder of Young At Heart (Ghana)

Creating digital learning experiences that are game-changing to young people’s minds and futures.

Company Website

Startup Story


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