True socio-economic growth is not only about the highest number of businesses succeeding; it is about the sustainable support infrastructures built and the quality of lives that have been improved.
This report communicates a holistic picture of the impact intended and the impact achieved. With this format, we aim to present to you the big picture of our mission: what we have managed to achieve, what we have learned, and what we have in store for our next steps.
All of our work lies within the framework of the Sustainable Development Goals, which is the ultimate “bigger” picture. We are approaching the half-way point to the 2030 deadline, and we all have a collective responsibility to accelerate our efforts and pool our resources towards creating a more equal world that puts people and our planet first.
“We believe in being transparent at every step of the way; sharing our processes, learnings, successes and challenges is vital to not only our growth, but to advocating for change in the field of development cooperation.”
— Matthias Treutwein (Chair of the Executive Board)
Our work in 2022 at a glance
€3,974,500 direct financial support
1,387 people supported
497 companies/organizations supported
1,949 jobs created or preserved
2,236 women supported directly and indirectly
2,113 hours of expert training and dedicated mentoring
Our focus areas
Our projects and programs have focussed around the following objectives:
Global Partnerships and Access to Resources: removing structural and systemic barriers
We work with entrepreneurs and support organizations across all development stages and cluster our activities in three business areas:
Our approach combines financial support, skill-enhancing measures in business management skills, and access to local and international networks with private and public stakeholders. The objective is to promote local early-stage entrepreneurship through the combination of financial support, capacity-building and network development.
Crisis Relief and Resilience
We are dedicated to supporting small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and entrepreneurs in developing countries during times of crisis. Among the main objectives is the safeguarding of economic infrastructures, local and regional value chains, jobs, and livelihoods for those impacted by a crisis.
We are working to accelerate SMEs and entrepreneurs and strengthen the connection between entrepreneurial ecosystems internationally. The goal is to support the socio-economic development and empowerment of entrepreneurial ecosystems in our partner countries and Germany by promoting international cooperation, learning, and access to funding.
We are thankful for the support and the trust of partner organizations around the world that enable us to continue to reduce
economic inequalities and remove structural and systemic barriers.
Core Area 01: Early-stage development
A seed, by nature, has what it takes to blossom: from the drive to do so, to all the necessary makings of a plant. However, its nature alone is not enough. Without the right environment, and the right resources, the seed will never break through the surface of the soil.
Through our early-stage development projects, we empower new and existing businesses and organizations through mentoring, financial support, and capacity-building for nine to twelve months.
Startup Haus Cairo is the enpact hub in North Africa and is central to of enpact’s activities and support programs across the region. It was established in 2017 with the support of DROSOS FOUNDATION. Startup Haus Cairo is home to workspaces, services, amenities, and dynamic collaboration with a vibrant community where ideas, knowledge, and inspiration are exchanged.
“I think parts of the achievement was how that physical space has actually become the center for expanding the work of enpact to the region. To me, this represents how much this investment, this collaboration, acted as a true stepping stone to achieving much more than what we intended in the beginning of the partnership.”
— Wessam El-Beih, Country Director for Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.
08.05.18 to present
324 businesses (283 through programs, 41 in-house)
41 businesses called Startup Haus Cairo home.
Startup Haus Cairo hosted 12 entrepreneurship programs through which 283 businesses were supported.
Acted as a central location for collaboration between international development organizations, entrepreneurs, and ecosystem facilitators in Egypt.
Hosted 574 entrepreneurial and cultural events and established 32 local, regional and international partnerships.
SmartChange is a three-year-long project that targeted the promotion of good governance and sustainable urban development in Jakarta. Within its framework, enpact implemented the Future City Accelerator and the Jakarta Future City Hub, which were targeted at promoting local economic growth in Jakarta with an entrepreneurial ecosystem that enables the development of startups and generates jobs.
“It’s always a challenge for early-stage tech startups to engage and connect with government-owned businesses and large-scale service providers. This program helped us accelerate connections and engagement, especially with MRT Jakarta.”
— Gerry Mangentang, CEO, Izy.ai.
01.07.20 to 31.01.23
110 entrepreneurs, 37 businesses
SmartChange, Jakarta Smart City, MRT Jakarta, HypeLokal
Smart Change accelerator actively supported entrepreneurs to establish their ideas/solutions as marketable products, enabling them to sustain their businesses and employees.
Women made up over half of the participants (52.73%.)
123 hours of training facilitated.
110 new contacts obtained by the participants through the program.
Program Designers’ Lab Moldova
The Program Designers’ Lab in Moldova (PDL Moldova) provided technical support for six multidisciplinary project teams. The goal was to enable them to maintain their operations, build strategic partnerships, and secure funding in the long term. The program was implemented in collaboration with GIZ Moldova within the framework of the SDG Innovation Fund, commissioned by the German government with the aim of fostering sustainable development in the Republic of Moldova.
The program helped us to create more structure for our project. The visualization exercises were very beneficial. Also, we are now better at presenting it and delivering its key messages more clearly. All of this helps us to better advocate our cause.
— Ana Popa, Representative of the Moldova on Bike project, Ecovisio.
01.01.22 to 31.12.23
6 entrepreneurs, 6 organizations
PDL Moldova contributed to SDG 11 by accelerating SMEs/entrepreneurs developing solutions that contribute to achieving sustainable cities and communities.
83.33% of participating project leads were women.
100% of all participating projects developed a sustainable roadmap for continuing their impact.
Decentralized Development Lab
The Decentralised Development Lab (DDLab) is a twelve-month incubation and acceleration program. It offers multidisciplinary teams from different countries coaching, training, expert exchange, and financial support to develop solutions and maximize social impact for specific challenges.
I am grateful for the support by GIZ and enpact which is helping us a lot. Especially, their extensive networks allowed us to access many stakeholders that we would never have been able to reach, such as inno2grid, Hubject, representatives from Jakarta's Provincial Department, SUL E mobility in Kigali, and more.
— Shiddiq Sumitro, Co-Founder of Transisi.
01.12.21 to 31.03.23
24 entrepreneurs, 4 businesses
BMZ, GIZ, minds&makers
Women made up over half of the participants (58.33%.). One of the projects supported is dedicated to improving economic wellbeing of women, especially in rural areas.
31,500 Euros in direct financial support, 208,000 Euros as technical support package.
4 partnerships between participants and government organizations enabled through the program.
Core area 02 - Crisis relief and resilience
Nothing is certain! While you’re busy planning every detail of how to execute your project, allocating every single resource accordingly, you can never prepare for events that are beyond your control—events that can happen from one second to the next. The only way to overcome the impact of such crisis situations is together.
In a crisis, we provide quick, direct financial support, resilience training, and mentoring over three to six months for MSMEs to sustain their operations.
Tourism recovery program - our biggest program to date
The Tourism Recovery Program was a crisis relief and resilience support program designed for travel and tourism entrepreneurs in Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa, and Tunisia. It supported them in maintaining and building resilient, sustainable tourism businesses while recovering from the COVID-19 pandemic. The program provided direct financial support of a total of 3,735,000 Euros, resilience and leadership training, mentoring and network development support.
01.05.21 to 31.10.22
1242 entrepreneurs, 415 businesses.
Egypt, Tunisia, Mexico, South Africa, Kenya
BMZ, GIZ, TUI Care Foundation
By providing direct financial assistance, the program played a crucial role in preserving jobs that were endangered by the pandemic. 297 jobs were created as a direct result of the program.
569 women entrepreneurs received direct financial support, a total of 1.7M Euros, which accounts for over 45% of the financial support that went to entrepreneurs.
34.41% of participants were able to access new markets as a direct result of the program.
“We can’t express how much the support of the Tourism Recovery Program has helped us. It came just as our reserves were exhausted, which meant that we didn’t have to lay off any staff and no one had to leave. Now we’re starting to recover and people are more comfortable to travel again.”
The world is a small village” was one of the buzzing phrases when technology started peaking near the end of the last century. Today, it is more accurate to say that the world is at your fingertips. It’s easier than ever to communicate and collaborate across borders, which means it’s more important than ever to use these resources to facilitate information exchange and bridging opportunity gaps.
We facilitate market access opportunities, strategic partnerships, growth-oriented mentoring, and training for businesses to expand their international impact.
AfricaBerlin Network (ABN) is a collective platform for actors who support startups and SMEs in international expansion and overcoming the challenges of internationalization. The networking project builds bridges to connect entrepreneurship ecosystems in Berlin with the following four African countries: Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, and South Africa.
Through the AfricaBerlin Network, I am connected to individuals that can ease our entry into the Berlin market and functionally allocate our graduates to relevant companies.
— Richard Brandt, Founder, CodeTrain.
01.09.21 to 30.06.23
500+ network members, 600+ stakeholders engaged
Egypt, Germany, Ghana, Kenya, South Africa,
Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, Berlin Goes International, European Regional Development Fund.
The AfricaBerlin Network implemented targeted capacity-ehancement measures ofr internationalization of SMEs in developing and emerging economic, and linked entrepreneurial drivers from African countries with the EU market through Germany.
AsiaBerlin Community aims to establish a sustainable network among entrepreneurial ecosystems in Asia and Berlin and facilitate opportunities for internationalization, institutionalization, and talent access.
“We urgently need to scale up our joint efforts. Because, in a nutshell, in the spirit of 2030 Agenda, achieving the 17 goals is not just a job for politicians or politics, the private sector, the scientific community, the civil society and each one of us, we all have a responsibility here. And startups can play an important role in this regard. They are where innovations are forged, where trends are set; with their tech and business models, they show us the ways of working. They respond very rapidly and are flexible and ready to take the risks. They create jobs and contribute to economic development.”
— Svenja Schulze, Federal Minister of Economic Cooperation and Development, Germany.
01.08.22 to 30.11.22*
*Duration of the AsiaBerlin Summit 2022 collaboration. In general, enpact started implementing AsiaBerlin activities in 2019 and is presently organizing a series of AsiaBerlin events.
700+ participants, 455 connections established*
*By surveyed individuals.
Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, European Regional Development Fund, Berlin Goes International, AsiaBerlin Forum e.V., Siemens, Mitsubishi Electric.
Women represented 31.68% of experts/speakers at the summit and 36% of the ambassador network. Through the summit, 137 new leads were acquired by attendees, and a total of 66 international community partners took part, connecting organizations, investors, startups and public sector stakeholders across Asia and Europe.
Berlin Landing Pad
Berlin Landing Pad aims to facilitate market entry, remove barriers to access, and create points of connection between international startups and Berlin as an entrepreneurial hub.
Overall, I now understand the general situation of the market, the business culture of Germany and also how friendly it is for startups. We now have active contacts in Berlin, consisting of ecosystem builders, as well as sales and distribution partners.
— Dan Hoike, Executive Director, Capy.
17.05.22 to 30.06.23
24 entrepreneurs, 11 businesses
Berlin Senate Department for Economics, Energy and Public Enterprises, European Regional Development Fund, Berlin Partner for Business and Technology, betahaus, Bosch Startup Harbour.
25% of the total numbers of employees of the participating businesses are youth, 3 teams pitched at the international AsiaBerin Summit, 45 hours of EU market access training provided.
We are proud to announce that with the upcoming legal changes in our structural setup—moving from being a non-profit organization towards being a charitable foundation—we have developed a strategy for the period up to 2030. It is based on the overarching goal of making enpact an integral part of German development cooperation through direct financing instruments and promoting sustainable entrepreneurship. We have developed a set strategy with underlying outputs and results to achieve this. You can learn more by downloading the full report.
Get to know our ongoing projects across the different core areas.
The Manufacturing Advancement and Development in Egypt (MADE) Program empowers university students and recent graduates. The program offers a curated mix of technical support, resources, and tools to transfer ideas into ready-for-market solutions for aspiring entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for manufacturing across three stages: ideation, pre-incubation, and incubation.
Our cooperation with the DROSOS FOUNDATION continues with doroob, an integrated support program for innovative entrepreneurial ideas focusing on social impact. The program concept consists of four components to create a supportive ecosystem for entrepreneurs with a specific focus on the following sectors: agriculture, including food and water security; tourism; creative industries; and health.
The Female Entrepreneurship in Moldova – Emergency Initiative for Economic Empowerment (FEMEIE) program, we support female Moldovan and Ukrainian entrepreneurs affected by the Russian war of aggression. This entails the provision of a support center in Moldova, financial support, access to our global network and resources, and entrepreneurship education and training.
In 2023, we’re implementing a series of events within the AsiaBerlin Community to connect innovative hubs and entrepreneurship ecosystems in Asia with the Berlin ecosystem through a variety of international activities. The aim of the activities is to build bridges, facilitate access to resources, remove barriers to entry and foster global partnerships. It is a community-driven platform that creates and enables relationships between investors, entrepreneurs, experts, and organizations from the private and public sectors.
enpact for me is a ratatouille. Constantly, different flavors and ingredients are added and become a delicious plate. They taste delicious, and they look fantastic, and that is what I like the most in enpact, which is diversity.
– Shaimaa Emam, Project Manager, Cairo.
2022 allowed me for the first time to meet the participants of our programs, like the Empowering Entrepreneurship Initiative, the Decentralised Development Lab, AfricaBerlin Network, etc. in an analog way. It was really great to be able to connect with people directly. For me personally, work is not just performing something or selling something. I prefer having a mission and doing something useful for somebody. At enpact, we’re creating connections and global synergies.
enpact in one word? Accelerate.
– Hanna Starchyk, Senior Manager, Berlin.
We have so many different projects. So many activities. One of the biggest milestones was implementing the AsiaBerlin Summit, so kudos to the team there. I am very proud of the DDLab to be honest. We were able to bring the participants to Berlin—once more the effort of all the team, with all hands on deck to get them their visas, and organize the events etc. as it was one of the first in-person activities we organized in Berlin since the pandemic.
– Wail Daoud, Senior Manager, Berlin.
My highlight is dealing with so many different people in our projects, both seniors and fresh grads, which makes my daily work such a unique and new experience—every single day.
– Heba Mohammed, Project Associate, Cairo.
What inspires me the most is the team that I have been working with, either over here in Egypt or in our HQ in Berlin. Also, the projects we have been able to start here in Egypt, tapping on entirely new sectors for enpact and accelerating innovation and development within them.
– Rawan Bassam, Senior Manager, Cairo.
I don’t think there is one word that summarizes enpact well. For me on a personal level, I have been at enpact for a long time, I have been through the highs and lows, so the word that keeps jumping up for me is longevity. People in our generation are typically not known to spend a lot of time working for one organization. So, for me, continuing to find the work motivating, challenging and rewarding is a big testament to the impact we are creating.
– Essam Sharaf, Head of Projects, Berlin.
The most impactful moment in my 2022 was the AsiaBerlin Summit’22 as it allowed me to learn and explore myself. I was in charge of the exhibitions, our interaction spots area. I got to know many different partners, sponsors, entrepreneurs and gained really deep insights about the state of different entrepreneurship ecosystems all across Europe and Asia. So, it was the best experience I ever had.
– Gabrielle Liu, Project Associate, Berlin.
2022? Wow. That was already last year! My highlight is that we managed to juggle so many different projects, like the AsiaBerlin project, summit, delegation trips, and the Berlin Landing Pad. We brought startups from Indonesia, Japan, and Turkey to Berlin, while—in the meantime and applying a core strength of ours—we were leveraging our Berlin ecosystem network, and brought ecosystem actors and entrepreneurs to Singapore and Indonesia. I love working with the community, especially entrepreneurs, that are committed to creating impact, to exploring and finding opportunities, and accessing new markets.
– Shira Putrinda, Project Manager, Berlin.
What stood out in 2022 was resilience. The resilience of African businesses despite COVID-19 aftershocks and global economic difficulties is the most inspiring part of my work.
For me, enpact is a verb: Do!
– Ernest Armah, Project Manager, Accra.
enpact in one word? Bold. 2022 was another point of inflection towards new beginnings and interesting challenges. Now I know for sure, that every year at enpact always brings something new.
– Sergio Rakotozafy, Project Manager, Berlin.
One of the most impactful parts of 2022 was the start of our project in Moldova for Ukrainian and Moldovan female entrepreneurs. Right now we are setting up a support center and in the next couple of months what is now a construction site will turn into a nice event area with lots of workshops, networking sessions, and a community.
– Elisabeth Uhlig, Project Manager, Berlin.
For enpact in 2022? I think the highlight really was induced by a big lowlight for the whole world: the Russian war in Ukraine. I am glad and proud that enpact was quick to react and able to propose a program that really seeks to improve the situation of women that were affected in Ukraine and Moldova. The most impactful part for me was when the planning process went to its final stages, and we could actually start implementing this project and rolling it out. This was really the start for helping people in Moldova and Ukrainians in Moldova that were affected by this war to get better and to improve their living conditions.
– Simon Wendelin Burger, Head of Strategy, Berlin.
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