While many people have put migration, its causes, risks and potentials, on the top of their agendas, we at enpact have already started working on developing perspectives and business opportunities in Tunisia and other developing economies some time ago.

With the first anniversary of our latest project the Startup Haus Tunis just ahead of us in Mid-March 2017, today we were proud hosts to the German chancellor Ms. Angela Merkel, who took the time to discuss with several startups from our varying programs and activities in Tunisia in order to get first-hand insights about the Tunisian entrepreneurial ecosystem.

This is a well needed sign in the process of empowering entrepreneurs!

We strongly believe that a direct exchange between changemakers, the granting of access to mentors, networks, peers and financial means are the best remedies to contribute to economic growth and democratic development. Therefore, we pursue this philosophy with a variety of partners since 2013, like the German Federal Foreign Office who co-financed our international mentoring programs for startups, or the Westerwelle Foundation, who is funding our holistic concept of a one-stop-shop for startups – the Startup Haus Tunis.

The visit and the discussion today are the proof, that innovative concepts that focus on people and their development can turn into efficient and effective tools of international development cooperation. While many things still remain to be done, especially in the fields of access to finance, legal frameworks and political support for entrepreneurs, today is also a good moment to look back on our achievements.

The growing community of startups at the Startup Haus Tunis now consists of 50 co-workers with a variety of backgrounds and businesses, such as 3d-printing, gaming, hive-technology, NGO’s and web services.

The Startup Haus Tunis has become an important hub and event space for startup-related activities where a variety of national and international partners and actors are now implementing their workshops and programs. Additionally, it offers a growing range of services for startups, including legal advice, accounting and mentoring. Last but not least it is the community of like-minded people, that support and learn from each other, that are the essence of the Startup Haus Tunis.

by Matthias Treutwein