Webinar Series


SASBI Knowledge Group Meeting #2 | Published on: 16. September 2021

SASBI Knowledge Group Meeting #2

Looking Outside Academia – The challenge of convincing the market

This event is part of:
SASBI – Swiss African Science and Business Innovators Program


Wednesday 27. October 2021, 13:00 – 14:00 CEST

  SASBI Regional Meeting #1 | Published on: 29. July 2021

SASBI Regional Meeting #1

Sustainable use of solar-powered drinking water treatment systems – examples for interaction among students in Africa and Switzerland. 

This event is part of:
SASBI – Swiss African Science and Business Innovators Program

The SASBI Regional Knowledge Group Meetings serve to intensify dialogue among stakeholders of the tech transfer and start-up promotion ecosystem. Every six weeks, one of the five countries present in this group (Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, South Africa) will present challenges and good practices and open up the discussion for joint reflection and comment.


Wed 15th September 2021 / 13:00 – 14:00 CEST


Prof. Christof Biba
Professor for Electric Solar Technology and Head of the Photovoltaics System Technology at SPF, the Institute for Solar Technology in Rapperswil, Eastern Switzerland (Canton of St. Gallen)


Dr. Norah Clarke
Program Director of EDHE, the Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education at Universities South Africa


Tentative agenda

13:00 – 13:05 Introduction to SASBI Regional Knowledge Group Meetings (Erich Thaler)
13:05 – 13:35 Presentation Prof. Christof Biba:
Sustainable use of solar-powered drinking water treatment systems – examples for interaction among students in Africa and Switzerland.
This presentation will focus on the interaction among students and the opportunities that arise out of these interactions for later employment, including the creation of start-ups. Focus countries will be Liberia and South Africa.
13:35 – 13:45 Discussion moderated by Dr. Norah Clarke
13:45 – 13:58 Discussion open to the plenary
13:58 – 14:00 Summarizing and Words of Good-Bye (E. Thaler)


  SASBI Directors’ Innovation Round Table | Published on: 28. June 2021

SASBI Directors’ Innovation Round Table

Cooperation between Switzerland and Africa continues into 2021 – 24.

On 30th of June, the Directors’ Roundtable on Innovation will kick-start this new phase by bringing together stakeholders from Tech Transfer and Innovation Offices. Under the name of SASBI, the Swiss African Science and Business Innovators Program, joint activities will be launched and a greater understanding is targeted of each other’s know-how transfer ecosystem. This program is part of the Swiss-African Academia – Industry Training (Sensitization Phase) financed by the Swiss Ministry for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).

The SASBI LinkedIn Account offers the platform to connect to likeminded people. All major information will be made available on sareco.org




Arrival of participants; Logging in

Welcome by Host

Mr. Erich Thaler, University of Basel/ National and Int. Cooperation

Ms Pauline Koelbl, CEO, AfriProspect

11h05 Welcoming Remarks by H.E. Amb. Mr Pietro Mona

Swiss Ambassador to Djibouti and Permanent Representative (designate)

to the African Union, IGAD and UNECA

Linking Universities to Market and Society




The example of EDHE – Entrepreneurship Development in Higher Education in South Africa.

Dr Norah Clarke, Program Director

The example of Nigeria.

Prof. Dr. Oyedunni Arulogun, Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, University of Ibadan School of Business (UISB)





The example of AfriLabs’ support systems in Nigeria and Ghana.

Mr Charles Emembolu, Co-Founder/Director, Roar Nigeria Hub, University of Nigeria Nsukka

Prof. Benjamin Chukwuma Ozumba, Chairman/CEO, Areas of Innovation, University of Nigeria Nsukka, Nigeria

Mr Eric Anthony Vurinye Kavaarpuo, Director Innovation, University of Mines and Technology, Tarkwa, Ghana

11h55 The example of Switzerland.

Dr Daniel Gisi, Team Leader Life Science Unit and Member of the Executive Board, Unitectra Basel

12h10 Short health break
12h15 Round Table: Presenters and Moderator, Ms Pauline Koelbl

What’s working and what’s not working?

How to get the best out of different systems?

How to address challenges jointly?

What and how can others learn from experiences shared?

13h00 Health break and individual networking
Instruments to strengthen enablers of the innovation ecosystem


The African Online Academy for Innovation. Dream or Reality? The Example of UNISA.

Mr. Ayanda V. Noma, Director Innovation, Tech Transfer, Innovation



The South African Technology Innovation Agency TIA – The African Outlook.

Ms Senisha Moonsamy, Head Innovation Skills Development, TIA, Pretoria



Break-out rooms 1 – 3

Discussion: Instruments to foster entrepreneurship education and transfer to market and society.

Room 1: Connectivity (Moderator: Pauline Koelbl)

Room 2: Online Academy (Moderator: Erich Thaler)

Room 3: Residency Program (Moderator: Jacquelene Friedenthal)



Rapporteurs (group volunteers) present outcomes to the plenary (5 min. each)

Group 1, Group 2, Group 3

14h40 Listing of preferred instruments and invitation to Launch of instruments at 10th Annual Afrilabs Meeting in Abuja.

Mr Erich Thaler, University of Basel

14h55 Final remarks
15h00 End of Workshop

  2021 SABII and SSABDP Webinar Series | Published on: 21. March 2021

2021 SABII and SSABDP Webinar Series

Participating in these webinars shall assist start-ups in bridging their current status of company development and link up to their start-ups’ ecosystems.

Participation is restricted to alumni of the Swiss – African Business and Innovation Initiative SABII or the Swiss – South African Business Development Program SSABDP. Registration invitations will be sent directly via mail.

Webinar 1

Wed 31st of March, 11h00 CEST
: Journey of the innovator from Concept, Research to MVP – embedded in the African context.

Topic:  Innovator’s journey: From idea to market

Webinar 2

Wed 28th of April, 11h00 CEST
Focus: Growing and gaining market traction – African focus and Peer-2-Peer Learning.

Topic: Market Growth & Market Traction – Business Validation

Zachariah George
Leading African Tech Angel Investor; Chief Investment Officer Startupbootcamp Africa; Principal Nedbank Venture Capital; Former Wall Street Investment Banker
Pauline Koelbl
Founder & CEO at AfriProspect GmbH | Founder & Managing Partner at ShEquity | Innovation Expert in Developing and Emerging Markets | Passionate about Innovation, Inclusivity and Female Empowerment

Webinar 3

Tue 25th of May, 11h00 CEST
Focus: Growing and scaling businesses across Africa

Topic: AfCFTA: Opportunities for scaling your biz.

This webinar will explore the following: What role does the recently launched African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) play for start-ups? How can entrepreneurs and investors benefit from a unified Africa of 1bn+ potential customers? How does this larger framework change the fundraising perspective? How can regulatory questions be addressed?

Dr. Mena Hassan
Trade Policy and Trade Facilitation Expert | Author | WTO
Moataz Helmy
Executive Director, Rollo Africa
Pauline Koelbl
Founder & CEO at AfriProspect GmbH | Founder & Managing Partner at ShEquity | Innovation Expert in Developing and Emerging Markets | Passionate about Innovation, Inclusivity and Female Empowerment

  2020 Webinar: Covid Support | Published on: 28. July 2020

2020 Webinar: Covid Support

Support for Swiss and African Science-based Start-Ups in Times of COVID-19

Date and Time Tue, 16th June 2020, 14:00-14:30 CEST

The Swiss – African Business Development and Research Cooperation (SARECO) launchex its first webinar on Tue 16th of June. With the focus on COVID-19 Alfredo Cuanda from Idéario Hub and Jordi Montserrat from Venturelab addressed the challenges that science-based entrepreneurs are confronted with today and share their personal approaches to move forward one’s own business.  The SARECO program is supported by the Swiss State Secretariat for Research, Education and Innovation (SERI). Afrilabs is the partner in Africa for implementing and growing the Swiss – African business development program.

Download the Slides here (PDF, 2Mb)

Program and Speakers

Introduction Erich Thaler (Host) – Desk for Networks and Global Partnerships, University of Basel
14:00 – 14:10 Jordi Montserrat – Venturelab
Opportunities and challenges in the post COVID support and funding ecosystem for startups and early entrepreneurs, in particular in Switzerland
14:10 – 14:20 Alfredo Cuanda – Idéario Hub/Afrilabs
Rethinking about Asset-Light Business Models and Strategies for the “Business-as-Unusual” Economy in the post COVID, particularly in African markets.
14:20 – 14:30 Q&A-Session