Start Me Up Africa Talk

Empowering young entrepreneurs

Whether you are based in Africa or in the Netherlands, impact startups face similar challenges and walk the same road to success (or failure). How can Dutch and Pan-African startups work together, share knowledge and create sustainable partnerships? Leading up to the High Level Meeting of the Global Partnership in Nairobi, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in close cooperation with 1%Club, Crosswise Works and African Hubs, organise an exciting startup-event on Wednesday, October 26 in the Caballero-fabriek in The Hague.

The ‘Start me up Africa! event consists of two elements:

1. Startup Battle from 09.00-17.00 (closed audience, more infohere)
2. Startup Talk from 18.00-20.00 (public event, small bite beforehand, networking drinks afterwards)

Startup Talk
When you start a business, whether in Africa or in the Netherlands, you will face similar challenges and will overcome similar hurdles. How can we hop on the same bus and ride the startup journey together? The Startup Talk is a deep dive into the Dutch and African tech startup scene, it’s fast moving developments, the highs & lows and the opportunities that arise.

Potential speaker line-up
Join an interactive Q&A-session with Prince Constantijn van Oranje, Special Envoy of StartupDelta and Minister Lilianne Ploumen on the fast-moving landscape of startups that are increasingly active in new markets. Get inspired by entrepreneur & managing director of Nailab, Sam Gichuru on his new adventure inside the renowned Y Combinator incubator out of San Francisco. Learn from Oscar Kneppers, founder of Rockstart accelerator (expanding internationally at a rapid pace) on creative leadership ‘how to create more impact, with less effort’.

Ride along with the Jilt van Schayik, founder of Road to Nairobi 2016. This project connect and highlights youth entrepreneurs in eight African countries.

Enjoy Marina Diboma, country head Netherlands of Startup Africa / Africa 2.0. who will, aside from moderating, take you on her personal journey. Please note: speakers & special guests are invited, but not confirmed yet.

Programme Timetable
17.15 Welcome and join us for a bite
18.00 Start Me Up Africa Talk
20.00 Networking drinks (own account)
21.00 Goodbye and goodnight

Registration details
Attendance is free of charge. Please let us know in time, should you be unable to attend. In case of no show, we will charge a 15 Euro fee.

Contact detailsFor more details and questions, you can contact Kaline van Halder, programme manager, Crosswise Works, via mail:


Oct 26, 2016: 18:00 - 21:00
Organizer Crosswise Works
Website Visit website
Location Caballero Fabriek
Saturnusstraat 60, The Hague, Netherlands
Targets Kenya
Sectors Clean technology