HNU students cooperate with young entrepreneurs from Kenya
17 students of the University of Neu-Ulm (HNU) worked on their business ideas with young entrepreneurs from Kenya. The guests from Neu-Ulm were able to put their business and consulting skills acquired during their studies into practice.
The business models of the Kenyan students that were developed included medical devices (e.g. for non-invasive blood group determination and for mobile oxygen production and supply for patients), processes and devices for the production of oils and fuels from organic waste, recycling processes and products for plastic and electronic waste as well as digital business models and solution ideas in the area of financial and personnel management.
The HNU students of Business Studies, Industrial Engineering and Master of Advanced Management worked intensively for eight days with around 25 students from mainly engineering and natural science study programmes at Kenyatta University (KU) in Nairobi in small mixed project teams of three to five students. The interdisciplinary teams had set themselves the goal of further developing the business ideas of the KU students and bringing them to an initial presentation stage. The students from Neu-Ulm were able to apply and improve the business and consulting skills they had acquired during their studies, while the Kenyans learned to test and develop their ideas. Specific visits to companies gave additional impetus to the concretisation of ideas.
"Africa belongs to the DNA of the HNU," says HNU President Prof. Dr. Uta M. Feser. "We are enthusiastic about the innovative business ideas that emerge there: The young entrepreneurs of the KU want to make a concrete contribution to the reuse of electrical waste". Prof. Dr. Thomas Bayer, head of the Kenya excursion, adds: "The aim is to produce simple electronic teaching sets using components from old electrical appliances for science teaching in schools. The aim is not only to recycle material, but also to remedy the lack of practical training materials in many Kenyan schools."
The excursion took place for the third time as part of the "Applied Entrepreneurship Academy" project (2017-2020) funded by the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) with funds from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ). The cooperation project with Kenyatta University (KU) in Nairobi aims to improve and increase the practical orientation of the training and mentoring of young student entrepreneurs who are still in the early stages of developing ideas for technically and scientifically driven business concepts.