Fighting Poverty with
Digital Opportunity

Startup Lions is an impact sourcing service provider, start-up incubator and co-working space provider, enabling talented youth living in rural Africa to make a living by selling Fair Trade digital services to international customers.

THE CHALLENGE

Empowering Africa's youth is one of the most pressing challenges facing the African continent today. The youth represent over 75% of the population and although many African countries are experiencing an economic boom, youth employment in Africa is at a crisis stage. In the past decades, great strides have been made in providing access to education, but not much has been done to match this with providing equal access to employment. While African youth are attaining higher education levels than ever before, 40 millions of people under the age of 25 are currently out of work. By 2050, they will be 400 million to be in need of sustainable employment.
(Source: African Economic Outlook)

OUR CONCEPT

FROM EDUCATION TO ENTREPRENEURSHIP

Under the leadership of Startup Lions, the project follows a three-step approach.

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NON PROFIT
ORGANISATION

  • Selects talented youth
  • Targeted training in specific high value ICT & Media skills
  • In partnership with renowned IT institute Tunapanda
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FAIR TRADE
SALES AGENCY

  • Provides traineeship to graduates from Learning Lions
  • Sources international clients through various sales channels
  • Fresh graduates profit from shared reputation enabling them to make their first steps into business
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INCUBATOR AND
CO-WORKING SPACE

  • Incubates and retains a share (~30%) of the different digital micro-startups created together with the Lions
  • Acts as startup accelerator by providing consulting, co-working spaces and access to equipment

SOCIAL IMPACT BY 2030

1,330

local talents who received free training

550

jobs created

1000%

impact workers' income increase

5.75m$

cumulative purchasing power injected in local economy

2,000

people lifted out of poverty

JOIN US

You have skills in programming, graphic design, film or music and want to help others doing what you do best? Volunteer with us & spend one or more months in one of the most remote areas of East-Africa mentoring a team of young adults on their way to become entrepreneurs on the global digital market. Build up a relationship to bright African minds, and enable them to have a successful career, without them having to leave their home region. You will receive free full board and lodging and… it will be a life-changing experience! Even if you can only help remotely, don’t hesitate to contact us. We have plenty of volunteering opportunities.