Tunis (Tunisia) and Frankfurt (Germany), November 2019. Earlier this month, GreenTec’s Head of Risk Management travelled to Tunis, Tunisia to support the Westerwelle Foundation’s Young Founders Conference Tunis 2019 and its cohort of newly inducted founders at the newly opened Startup Haus Tunis.
The Startup Haus Tunis is the first entrepreneurship center of its kind in Tunisia and was launched as a cooperative project by enpact e.V. ( http://enpact.org/) and the Westerwelle Foundation for International Understanding. Located in downtown Tunis, the 500 square meter facility is intended to serve as a central spot for founders and young people with an interest in entrepreneurship to meet and share ideas. In addition to the Westerwelle Foundation’s Startup Haus Kigali, this is the foundation’s second Africa-based location representing the Foundation’s commitment to supporting and developing the global entrepreneurship ecosystem.
As an active supporter of the Westerwelle Foundation and its Young Founders Programme, GreenTec actively contributes to and participates in Young Founders Programme events. Peter joined Rob Henley of Stadia Capital, Walid Triki and Yehia Houry of Flat6Labs Tunis, and Sarra Ben Milled of Impact Partners in providing mentorship, expertise, and guidance to the assembled Tunisian Young Founders. The Young Founders Conference Tunis 2019 was focused on the theme of “Achieving Investment Readiness” with Peter and the other coaches providing presentations as well as providing mentorship, sharing expertise and leading group sessions.
The nineteen-member cohort was heavily technology oriented. Peter said “I was particularly impressed with the maturity of the selected Tunisian Young Founders as well as with the range of novel and innovative technological solutions in the cohort. The newly opened Startup Haus Tunis clearly addresses an active need and is a welcome contribution to the entrepreneurial support ecosystem in Africa.” GreenTec is very happy to be able to contribute to the Westerwelle Foundation’s mission and provide support to the developing entrepreneurial support ecosystem. The Startup Haus Tunis represents an important development for the Tunisian start-up ecosystem and we expect to see some very interesting start-ups to emerge from there.