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TANZANIA LAB: Learning From Africa's Entrepreneurs

Explore concepts in entrepreneurship, social impact, and product design. Connect with local startups in East Africa to explore real world problems and collaborate to develop solutions.


Program Highlights:

  • Spend two days trekking in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro

  • Spend three nights in a homestay in Nronga village

  • Explore, Discover, & Launch your own small business idea

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$3,995 + airfare


Moshi, Tanzania


10-20 students


16 years


14 Days


Itinerary Snapshot:

Day 1: International Flights to Moshi
Day 2: Karibu – Welcome to Tanzania!
Day 3: Explore Design Thinking at Kili Hub 
Day 4: Empathy Mapping at Kili Hub
Day 5: Head to the Nronga Village District
Day 6: Homestay and Economic Opportunity
Day 7: Brainstorm & Prototype in Nronga
Day 8: Business Model Canvassing in Nronga
Day 9: Kilimanjaro Trek to Mandara Hut
Day 10: Kilimanjaro Descent to Moshi
Day 11: Pitch Deck Prep at Kili Hub
Day 12: Pitch Day at Kili Hub!
Day 13: Reflection and Celebration in Moshi
Day 14: International departures


The Tanzania Innovation Lab offers a unique, hands-on learning experience for students to embrace big ideas and new cultures alongside their peers. Itineraries combine classroom learning led by skilled instructors in Moshi, Tanzania, cultural immersion and home stays, with trekking and adventure activities supervised by our experienced OneSeed guides.  


  • An introduction to invaluable tools to help tackle real-world problems.
  • Lessons in design thinking, cross-cultural collaboration, and active listening. 
  • A chance to develop leadership skills, foster curiosity, and build new friendships while gaining an appreciation for another country and culture.
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DAYS 1-4

Meet the local OneSeed Innovation Labs and settle into your hostel in the center of Moshi, Tanzania where you'll get to know your OneSeed Labs peers.  


The next few days will be spent at Kili Hub, your "Base" for programing in Moshi that serves as a community for small business owners and entrepreneurs dedicated to innovation and collaboration including Anza, an incubator for social enterprises in Tanzania. Here you will learn the fundamentals of entrepreneurship, including Designing with Empathy and Human-Centered Design.

Days will be broken up into programming at Kili Hub and excursions like visiting a local coffee farm to learn more about this small business. Meet with local entrepreneurs who have completed Anza's programming, and hear their stories of how they grew their business.

Select a challenge to focus on, identify the main customers who might benefit from your proposed business solution, and form working teams.  


DAYS 5-8

Head to Nronga Village district located in the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro. Stay with a local family for four nights as you explore your surroundings and meet with locals.

Observe local businesses like a Women’s Dairy Cooperative to learn about the importance of dairy to the economy of the Nronga village. Continue to uncover opportunities for a product or service to improve lives and create job opportunities.  

Spend time in Nronga prototyping your new business idea. Reviewing, processing, and brainstorming are essential to create any new business, and you’ll have your team members and your own experiences over the past week to draw from.  

Rest up and get ready for your hike around the foothills of Mt. Kilimanjaro!

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DAYS 9-14

Depart with only a daypack and begin hiking through villages, past giant waterfalls, and through forests with the perfect view of Kilimanjaro as a backdrop. Take a break in the afternoon to continue prototyping your business and begin drafting your final pitch decks.  

During your second day of trekking, think of all you’ve seen and learned over the past 10 days. Be sure to consult with your team members and group leaders as you work on your pitch deck over the next couple days.

On Pitch Day, present your plan for a new business to your fellow team members, teachers, and the local entrepreneurs you met at the beginning of your time in Moshi.  

The final day is one of reflection and celebration. How has your view of entrepreneurship evolved during your time in Tanzania? Consider how you fit into the community in Tanzania and at home. How has this experience changed you? What challenges do you want to take on next?


  • medical/evacuation insurance for all participants confirmed 30 days or more prior to program start date
  • airport transfers
  • 8 nights accommodation in Moshi
  • 4 nights of homestay accommodation in Nronga Village
  • 1 night mountain hut accommodation on Kilimanjaro
  • all meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner  
  • trekking permits and entry fees
  • guide & porter services
  • all ground transportation  
  • guided excursions


  • personal items  
  • trip cancelation insurance (highly recommended)
  • international airfare and meals during travel
  • snacks during trek
  • beverages outside of designated meals


*All itineraries are subject to change based on local conditions and the judgment of the guide. We reserve the right to modify the itinerary due to medical considerations or the ability of participants as judged by the instructors. For complete terms and conditions, see here.

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Kili Hub is a coworking space and community that houses a variety of Tanzania-based start-ups where our Labs programming will take place when we're not in the field. It's more than just a building, it's an inspiring community of changemakers. It's a space where innovation and collaboration collide through opportune moments and serendipitous meetings.

Many of our local mentors are members of Anza, a company in Kili Hub that assists local entrepreneurs in starting and scaling businesses that address socioeconomic or environmental problems. Past and current Anza entrepreneurs own and operate businesses that provide solar in rural areas, ceramic water filters to prevent disease, and affordable refurbished computers for schools with limited to no access to technology.

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IN THE FIELD - nronga & Kilimanjaro

On Days 5-10, the group will travel to the foothills of Kilimanjaro, home to beautiful valleys, waterfalls, farms, and the Chagga people. Students will be spend their time in and around Nronga Village for a four night homestay with a local family. Students will stay in groups of four or more and will have dinner with their hist family every night after the day's activities. 

After the Nronga Village visit, students spend two days and one night on Kilimanjaro, trekking the Machame route to the Mandara Hut at 8,900 feet in elevation. Students will be staying in A-frame dorm style bunk houses and will eat meal together prepared by OneSeed staff.

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Safety is rule number one, and our Labs team is dedicated to fostering a safe and welcoming environment for all high schoolers during their two-week program.

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If you travel with us, you share our adventurous spirit and our commitment to learning from and collaborating with people in the countries we visit together.

But no adventure is without risk — and at OneSeed, we take risk management seriously. Please take some time to review our approach to keeping you safe and your role in managing risk on the trail on our Safety Abroad page.


Chris Baker: Labs Instructor

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Chris was born and raised in West Virginia, but now calls Denver, Colorado home where he lives with his wife Elly and their two sons. After graduating from Yale University, Chris lived and studied in Nepal where he started OneSeed Expeditions in 2011 as a way to harness the power of travel for good. With 10% of all OneSeed Expeditions trip costs designated for micro-lending, more than $300,000 has been invested to date in more than 650 small-scale entrepreneurs around the world through the OneSeed Microfinance Fund. Chris is a former Kiva Fellow, Teach for America Corps Member, NOLs alumni, and currently serves as a Business Mentor at the Rocky Mountain MicroFinance Institute.

When he’s not working, Chris loves a good trout stream, dumplings, and getting haircuts in unfamiliar languages.  

Glenna Barron: Labs Team Leader

Glenna originally hails from Chicago but now calls Denver home. After working in advertising and tech, Glenna decided to make a move to the outdoor industry and hasn’t looked back. Travel is in her blood (her mom was a flight attendant), and Glenna has found a home at OneSeed Expeditions working as the Head of Operations. She is the country director for all OneSeed trips to Tanzania and manages the OneSeed Microfinance Fund, working with our nonprofit partners around the globe to grow and expand the impact of microfinance through travel.

When she’s not cooking or baking, Glenna enjoys everything Colorado has to offer - skiing, hiking, swimming, yoga and barre-ing. Have a question about any of our Labs destinations? Ask Glenna!



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Krupa Patel is the Founder and CEO of Anza, a Tanzanian organization that provides capacity building, access to debt capital and collaborative co-working space for social businesses. Through this robust range of offerings, Anza meaningfully assists to start and scale businesses that create more jobs and provide life improving products or services to low income Tanzanians.

Krupa has co-founded five additional start-up businesses creating Impact in Tanzania, ranging from a new chain of quality & affordable primary schools, a waste management & recycling business, a network of last mile sales agents distributing life improving products, an ethical fashion production line and Northern Tanzania's first co-working Hub. As an Acumen East Africa fellow of 2015 and an all round impassioned social entrepreneur, Krupa is dedicated to stimulating innovation geared for scalable and sustainable social impact in Tanzania.