Past Events

Kampala Innovation Week 2022

Last year, Startup Uganda officially launched the new and improved Uganda Innovation Week, an event still geared towards bringing together all actors within the startup ecosystem but now with a focus on the country as opposed to the capital city. More inclusive, wider reach, a country-wide movement.

The re-brand to UIW represented an active effort to include startup ecosystem stakeholders from across the country in conversations on the future of entrepreneurship in Uganda. The context for such discussions improved to include factors specific to entrepreneurs in some of the more rural areas, such as internet connectivity, access to infrastructure and more.

The three-day event was held under the theme, Uganda’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Unlocking the Missing Links. Despite the growth of the startup ecosystem in Uganda, there are still several gaps to bridge in order to augment the development of viable, market-ready enterprises and the ability of relevant stakeholders to support said enterprises adequately. The event identified some of these missing links and facilitated conversations on possible ways to eradicate these issues. One track focused on links between academia and industry and highlighted how a strong connection between the two has enabled startup ecosystems worldwide to thrive and progress. Another track highlighted some of the current gaps in women’s entrepreneurship, such as the fact that despite recent statistics highlighting women as the larger percentage of entrepreneurs in the country, the number of women-owned businesses that scale up or attract funding remains significantly low. The final track explored the missing links in investment and financing for entrepreneurs.



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KIW 2021

KIW 2021 was also hosted as a hybrid event, this time over the course of five days, Nov 22nd – 26th 2021. Under the theme “Harnessing the power of Innovation & Entrepreneurship for Uganda’s digital transformation, job creation and economic sustainability” we gathered an online audience of over 15,000 across Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and the event hosting platform, Hubilo. In house numbers were kept to 50 people and below.

KIW 2020

Startup Uganda hosted KIW 2020 as a hybrid event, the first of its kind given the global circumstances. A small in-house audience (100 people per day) were gathered at MOTIV between Nov 26th & Nov 28th 2020. All session were streamed onto Whova, the platform that hosted the event. Whova alongside our social media platforms (Facebook & Twitter) attracted an online audience of over 10,000 people all learning and engaging under the theme, Recovery, Resilience and Innovation.

KIW 2019

Over the course of 3 days (Oct 16th – 18th 2019) at the Kololo Airstrip alongside various partners, we gathered over 2000 accomplished and aspiring entrepreneurs, local start-up hubs, both local and regional VC funds, industry experts and thought leaders and development partners to SHOWCASE, DISCOVER & ENGAGE, the theme for the event. The event also officially launched Startup Uganda, an association of entrepreneurial support organisations here in Uganda.

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