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  If you are a Nigerian startup and would like to learn from being exposed to accelerators and business environments outside of Africa, here’s an opportunity for you to make this happen. You can apply for a chance to take part in an 8-week exchange program which will see you visit North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW), Germany, and experience the startup scene there.
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This exchange program allows participants to get access to new markets, expand business relationships, and cooperate with new partners cross-continentally. Persons on the teams of selected Nigerian startups will get to visit startups and accelerators on-site in North Rhine Westphalia and engage them in meaningful and mutually beneficial ways.


The North-Rhine Westphalia (NRW)-Africa International Exchange Program benefits its participants in the following ways:
  • Receive a scholarship of €750 a month for their 8-week onsite phase in Germany
  • Get an additional €750 to cover accommodation costs
  • The cost of travelling to Germany will be covered as well
  • Get support to obtain a visa
  • Take part in workshops, technical discussions, and excursions

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The NRW-Africa International Exchange Program is open to startup founders, young professionals, representatives from incubators and accelerators, and individuals in business who want to have an international experience and gain a global perspective. If you would like to apply for this program, you should send the following, all merged into one PDF document, via email to
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  • A description of your startup, project or institution (less than 1,000 words) and a pitch deck
  • A letter of motivation
  • A CV
Applications will remain open until January 19, 2024. The exchange program will take place in March.
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This article was first published on 2nd January 2024 and updated on January 11th, 2024 at 8:41 am


Ikenna Nwachukwu holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. He loves to look at the world through multiple lenses- economic, political, religious and philosophical- and to write about what he observes in a witty, yet reflective style.

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