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Call for Land of Ideas African German Young Leaders in Business Network 2024 is open now!!!

Join the African German Young Leaders in Business Network: Through cross-border exchange and direct encounters, the applicant, as a young leader, will develop their responsible leadership skills, shape the transition towards a circular economy and lay the foundation for further economic cooperation: sustainable, fair, agile.

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AGYLE is a programme of the Agency for Business & Economic Development (AWE) and Germany – Land of Ideas. AWE is funded by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and supported by GIZ and DEG Impulse.

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AGYLE – African German Young Leaders in Business, selects 80 outstanding personalities from Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda and Tunisia, as well as from Germany are a part of the “AGYLE – African German Young Leaders in Business” leadership programme already. At the end of September, all alumni came together in Berlin for the first time to attend AGYLE Berlin Week.


Every year, a jury will choose 40 young leaders from Germany and selected African countries. In the fall of 2024, the young leaders will come together for a week of events, offering exclusive discussion forums with representatives from business and politics, as well as the opportunity to exchange ideas and network. Through intercultural co-operation, professional formats and leadership impulses, the young leaders can develop personally and professionally.

From September 11th to 15th, 40 young leaders from Ghana, Rwanda, Tunisia, Senegal, and Germany came together in Berlin for the AGYLE Live Week 2023. The goals of this event included strengthening the African-German dialogue, initiating new economic partnerships, and modernizing Germany’s perception of Africa. In addition, these young leaders collaborated in workshops to develop innovative solutions for common challenges within the context of digital transformation.

The core theme of AGYLE 2023 was: Digital transformation – young leaders working towards a green and inclusive future. 

Key topics included: the growing disparity in digital technology access, ethics in AI, digital education, and blockchain. As part of an exclusive closing event on September 15th, an expert jury recognized the most promising idea from the creative workshops. The programme was enriched by panel discussions, exclusive dialogue formats featuring representatives from politics and business, and visits to leading companies.


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Why should applicants join?

  • Take part in the AGYLE Live Week in Berlin in September 2024: Participate in a week of inspiring events, including panel discussions, interactive bar camps, targeted matchmaking formats, and insightful company visits.
  • Collaborate in an intercultural setting: Work with young leaders from Africa and Germany on compelling challenges for circular economy and test the applicant’s skills.
  • Unlock leadership and personal development opportunities: Benefit from tailored leadership and personal development opportunities designed to enhance the applicant’s skills and capabilities as a young leader.
  • Forge long-term connections: Become part of a long-term business network and gain exclusive contacts in Germany and Africa. Build lasting connections that extend beyond the programme.
  • Participate in virtual events: Stay connected through regular virtual events, featuring professional insights and networking opportunities that keep the applicant engaged and informed.


Who can apply?

  • a young leader up to 40 years of age,
    from the field of business, politics, or media,
  • dealing with innovative solutions in the field of circular economy,
  • from Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, Tunisia, or Germany,
  • and willing to actively participate in the Young Leaders Alumni network.
  • (previous experience, already existing cooperations or projects in Africa are not necessary)
Eligible Regions: Ethiopia, Ghana, Rwanda, Senegal, Tunisia, Germany

Application Process

  • Apply by going to the ‘Apply Link’ and filling out the form with the required information.

  • Timeline

    • Application period: 27 February – 7 April 2024
    • Jury meeting and selection of AGYLE Young Leaders: May 2024
    • AGYLE Live Week in Berlin: 23 – 27 September 2024

Application Deadline: April 7, 2024

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