GCRF START is a grant-funded project, which aims to develop close interactions between researchers in the UK and those across Africa, through collaborative work and networking events.  START has hosted numerous workshops focused on specific topics spanning from data analysis, science based meetings, remote operation of the beamlines at Diamond and events to build the network.  START members have also presented work at international conferences including the African Materials Science Research Society meetings in Botswana (2017) and Tanzania (2019), the Pan African Conference on Crystallography and the Second African Light Source Conference in Ghana (2019).  We aim to support events that open up the opportunities available at synchrotron facilities to researchers across Africa, in the fields of energy materials and structural biology research.