Our philosophy

The network for experienced entrepreneurs, investors, sponsors, Africa enthusiasts and development and rating experts. We support commercial projects with high social and environmental impact - from the idea to realization.


We are convinced that  Africa is a continent of opportunities – with a young population, great entrepreneurial spirit an a vibrant startup-scene.

The image is a continent of corruption, crises and catastrophes that is still widespread in Europe is grossly distorted.

Numerous countries have made astonishing progress in recent years and matured into highly attractive destinations for investors. Africa therefore needs no handouts or raised forefingers, but positive impulses.

Investments are the best development aid

We believe that investments in local projects, startups and enterprises are the best development aid, because they create jobs and contribute to building value chains.

In their book:  “Africa First! Roadmap for a joint future”, AFN initiator Martin A. Schoeller and journalist Daniel Schönwitz show how we can mobilise European capital for infrastructure development in Africa – as a foundation on which investment and entrepreneurship can flourish.

After the EU has launched such an infrastructure program („Global Gateway“), it’s now time to promote entrepreneurial investments. So AFN is, so to speak, an initiative to put ideas into action.

About us

The Africa First Network is an alliance of people who share the same conviction:  We believe that Africa and Europe can only master the challenges of the future together. That’s why we want to promote cooperations between the continents.

In concrete terms: We’re building bridges between the European capital market and the economy in Africa by bringing founders, entrepreneurs and project developers together with professional financiers. And we promote the dialogue between investors from both continents to strenghthen cooperation.

Our network includes experienced entrepreneurs as well as investors, economists, Africa enthusiasts and development and rating experts. Together, we want to promote investments that pay off for both sides – not only financially, but also in terms of social and enviromental impact.

The Africa First Network supports commercial projects with high social an environmental impact – from the idea to realization.

We support: from Europe to Africa, from Africa to Europe, but also just within.

We are a network which has own capabilities along the value chain and we bring together our network of professional service provider to support the realization (“make it happen”).


  • Pre-evaluate the project by assessing the business model and the business plan
  • Review financing needs and structure as well arrange equity and debt financing incl stateowned banks like KfW
  • Secure political support through long established network in Africa and resillient contacts into to European Development Institutions
  • Support in building and expanding the business, potentially through identifying industrial partners in Europe
  • Attract potential management and other resources
  • Identify exit routes for companies expanding internationally



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We qualify and select according to our compentences and capacities.

We get compensated largely on success at competitive rates.

Ask for a proposal or quote.

Contact: info@africafirst.net



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