The Uganda Innovation Week

The Uganda Innovation Week is an event that was established with a specific goal in mind, To bring together the startup ecosystem of Uganda. Since 2019, Startup Uganda, an association of Entrepreneurial Support Organisations, have brought together startups, investors potential mentors, thought leaders and pacesetters to showcase discover and engage.

Startup Uganda is an association of innovation and entrepreneurship support organizations (IESOs) working together to improve our collective capacities, influence, and impact, and to create a more enabling environment for innovators and businesses that in turn drive development across Uganda.

With support from UNCDF, we officially launched in October 2019 and set out a mandate focused on: Increasing sustainability and investments to and through Innovation and Entrepreneurship Support Organisations;
Strengthening Innovation and Entrepreneurship Support Organisations and the sector Engaging Government for an enabling entrepreneurship environment
Representing diverse IESOs across Uganda working on impact and diversity
Developing a culture and systems for collaboration among key players in the ecosystem Acting as the research and knowledge management engine for the startup ecosystem

UIW 2022 is proud to announce key partners including The United Nations Capital Development Fund (UNCDF) and the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) as platinum partners and in the gold category, The International Trade Center (ITC) and Village Capital.

DATES : 22nd - 24th November 2022
THEME: Uganda’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Unlocking The Missing Links.

The event is set to feature panel discussions, workshops and masterclasses where startup ecosystem stakeholders can contribute to theme conversations and evening fireside events that will allow for peer engagement, partnership formation and networking. The best and brightest in the Ugandan startup space will also feature, with a dedicated exhibition space running on all three event days. The event agenda will also include report and program launches all geared towards identifying and providing solutions to the missing links within Uganda’s entrepreneurial ecosystem.

In the spirit of reaching entrepreneurs outside of the capital city, Startup Uganda is running a video challenge, #iInnovateBecause, that will allow shortlisted entrepreneurs from across the country to attend the event in person and engage with different thought leaders, mentors, and fellow entrepreneurs. The event will also feature the Startup Uganda annual awards, which recognize the most innovative startups in 2022, nominated and voted by the public. Nominations for the best startups in health, education, creative industries, technology, agriculture, the best university innovation, and the leading support enterprises are officially open.