The Startup Ecosystem of Windhoek

Home to 97% of Namibia’s startups, Windhoek boasts a vibrant startup ecosystem that is ranked 700 in the world.


In 2022, the startup scene of Windhoek developed considerably and increased in the Global Ecosystem Index by 156 spots.

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In Southern Africa

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The Startup Ecosystem in Windhoek

Startups in Windhoek excel in Ecommerce & Retail, Hardware & IoT, and Social & and Leisure. There are some notable success stories contributing to the city’s growing Ecommerce & Retail industry. One of the most promising startups in Windhoek in 2022 is Find My School, JABU, and Tutors Hub.

Global Rank

Windhoek is ranked within the top 1000 startup ecosystems globally.

Top Industries

Windhoek’s startups excel particularly in Ecommerce & Retail where it ranks 306 and in Hardware & IoT, and Social & Leisure. Find out more

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Notable Startups in Windhoek
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Find My School
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Tutors Hub


Successful Ecommerce & Retail startups in Windhoek
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Tololi Online Store


Startups Ranking by Industry

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Ecommerce & Retail
#306 worldwide

On our map, you can explore a total of 6 startups for Ecommerce & Retail.

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Hardware & IoT
#308 worldwide

In Southern Africa, Windhoek's Hardware & IoT is in top 308. Windhoek has a concentration of about 0% of the country's total Hardware & IoT startups that are represented on our map.

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Social & Leisure
#339 worldwide

Social & Leisure is ranked 339th in the world. Our database contains 5 startups for this industry.

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Why should you join Windhoek's Startup Ecosystem?


Within Windhoek there is an increased attraction for entrepreneurs to set up their startups in industries such as Ecommerce & Retail, Hardware & IoT, Social & Leisure. These three industries represent about 47% of the startups represented on the Startup Ecosystem Map of Windhoek.


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Regional Rank


Windhoek is Namibia's 1st best startup ecosystem and is ranked 5th in Southern Africa. With a population of 0.1M - 0.5M people, Windhoek is ranked th in the world. The city boasts some notable startup success stories including Find My School.

Startup Infrastructure in Windhoek
With a large variety of initiatives, Windhoek's startup ecosystem stands out from other cities in Southern Africa. Windhoek offers a number of funding opportunities for entrepreneurs and startups. Below is a list of Windhoek's most prominent support initiatives:


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Konigstein Capital

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Environmental Investment Fund of Namibia

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