Paul Gauselmann, founder and CEO of Gauselmann Group, has supported the establishment of the coworking space Westerwelle Startup Haus Arusha in Tanzania with a donation. The facility is described as “the largest of this type” and was formally opened on Monday, now operational.
The start-up was established by the Berlin-based Westerwelle Foundation for International Understanding. The facility offers young entrepreneurs in Tanzania the opportunity to pursue their activities in modern, state-of-the-art offices, to meet and discuss with like-minded people, and to take part in special training programs and courses. An entrepreneur running a family-owned business, Paul Gauselmann has been committed to supporting social projects and initiatives for more than 60 years.
“I want to invest money that I have earned in young entrepreneurs and in this way give more people in Tanzania the opportunity to go into business in the same way that I did,” he explained in a video message to participants at the launch event.
Furthermore, Michael Mronz, Chairman of the Westerwelle Foundation, added: “A huge ‘thank you’ must go to Paul Gauselmann, who is sharing the vision of promoting young entrepreneurs in developing countries with great enthusiasm and commitment.”
The Westerwelle Foundation, which was established in 2013 by former German Minister of Foreign Affairs Guido Westerwelle and entrepreneur Ralph Dommermuth, champions young entrepreneurship in developing countries.
This year, 17 programs to support young entrepreneurs have already been successfully delivered and around 300 new jobs have been created in more than 60 startups. In Africa, the Westerwelle Foundation currently operates two startup centers in Tunis and Kigali.