ABOUT

 

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)

The youth from impoverished rural areas are the most directly affected. These regions often have poor infrastructure, limited access to markets and infertile soil that do not permit the development of a sustainable economy. There is consequently little opportunity for the youth to find a job and move beyond subsistence livelihoods in their home region. It causes often serious complications that haunt the African continent: misery, mass immigration, violence, extremism, etc.

 

 

ICT = Opportunity

 

Internet access & rise of ICT sector

 

 

IT skills and tools

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Job opportunities

even in the most remote areas

 

 

Our Approach

 

Our concept: a two-step approach

 

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1. Learning Lions


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We select high potential candidates having sucessfully completed school via a rigorous testing and interviewing process. Our acceptance rate lies by 5%.

We train the youth in specific ICT & Media skills aligned to match clients need during a 3 months intensive training.

We invite the brightest students from the Learning Lions educational program to stay on campus as trainees to get a hands-on training with IT experts.


2. Startup Lions


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We enable talented and skilled Lions to start their own startup by providing them with the necessary funds and tools.

We support the development of the young digital startups by providing the Lions with sales assistance and a standardized back office , reliable internet connection in a friendly campus like environment in our ICT center.

 

We encourage the Lions to continuously improve their skills by offering formation with IT professionals from around the world.

  

Our Business model

 

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What makes us special

 

JOB CREATION & PROGRESSIVE TRAINING

Selection, education, training and ultimately the path to entrepreneurship are covered within Startup Lions business model providing an innovative self-sustainable approach.

RURAL DEVELOPMENT COMMUNITY BENEFITS

Startup Lions is especially designed for remote African areas; its regional establishment maximizes the social impact on the communities.

SCALABLE INNOVATION

The project is easily scalable and designed to be expanded to other African rural regions.

STRONG, SUSTAINED IMPACT

Startup Lions operates a model that clearly commits to an area and to a set of talents with its campuses and employment-to-ownership remuneration, providing sustained livelihoods and high local value-creation.

 

UNLOCK UNTAPPED POTENTIAL

By operating in remote and marginalised areas, Startup Lions provides opportunities to those young talents which have been neglected for too long.

HIGH LEVEL OF ENGAGEMENT

“Lions” are motivated to deliver against their clients' objectives by taking a share of the profits in each project, and owning their business. This encourages them to be ambitious and hard working.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Empowering the youth to transform the lives of millions

 

 

 

 

 

 

Founding team

 

LUDWIG BAYERN

Co-Founder & CEO

Director of the Hilfsverein Nymphenburg. Accomplished autodidact in programming and digital media, he founded his first internet startup at the age of 18.

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BENEDIKT WAHLER

Co-Founder & Strategic Planning

More than fifteen years of professional experience in banking & finance and strategy consulting.

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BRIZAN OGOLLAN WERE

Co-Founder & Regional director

A teacher by profession, he has 10 years teaching experience and worked for several development aid projects in Northern Kenya. Brizan is a Kenyan national, native of Turkana.

WILHELM STOTZINGEN

Co-Founder/ Finance and investor relations.

Worked as finance and strategy manager at Procter & Gamble for 6 years, with P&L responsibilities for more than 20 countries.

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ANTONIUS STOTZINGEN

Co-Founder & Logistic and coordination

After studying business administration at the University of Buckingham, Antonius worked in the last years in sales for BMW and as sales & logistics manager for IBG Montforts.

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CHARLOTTE DE BONCOURT

Co-Founder & Communication

Worked in the last 5 years at Blondeau & cie sourcing contemporary and modern masterworks for major collections. Charlotte holds a double degree in Economy and a MA in History of Art.

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EDWARD TAYLOR

Co-Founder & Business Development and Sales

ICT industry expert with a decade of sales and management experience in Australia, US, CEE and Europe at IBM and SAP.