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Young Entrepreneurs Share Experiences At The Ye! Uganda Summit In MUBS

The second edition of the Young entrepreneurs Uganda summit was hosted by Makerere Innovation and Incubation centre last week. This was pulled off through partnerships with the university incubation centre; I profile Foundation, Child & Youth Finance International UN Women among others.

The YE! Uganda community is a local chapter of the Ye! Global Community that brings together young innovative individuals, supports them by providing access to networks, tools, resources, events, information, and mentors to support the growth of youth-led ventures in Uganda. It also gives them a platform to excel and also share their entrepreneurial journey with others.

This year’s summit brought together young people from all walks of life that were prepared to learn and equip themselves with the knowledge about entrepreneurship- innovation & creativity.

Some of the youth were awarded for a good job done.

The host Professor Wasswa Balunywa on Behalf of Makerere University Business School opened the event with welcome remarks and urged the youths to always ask themselves what as individuals they can contribute to their communities instead of always asking what the community can give them.

He also urged the youth to kick out fear if they are to be successful entrepreneurs. “Fear breaks creativity & hinders innovation” ‘he said.

Moment of excitement for the winners of the day.

Young entrepreneurs like Masaba Yunus of Mas Group of Companies, Zilla Marie of Akorion, Lucy Atieno of EcoPads and Twesigye Kenneth of Tech Buzz formed a panel that shared their journey of how they established their companies, what challenges they faced, how they were able to overcome them and how they have been able to sustain their establishments to date.

This was followed by a Q&A session as the attendees were all eager to air out their thoughts & questions to the young bosses.

The attendees were also taken through sessions about marketing their businesses in the 21st century era, i.e. digital marketing and leadership skills.

The event was crowned off with a prize awarding ceremony where entrepreneurs pitched their ideas in front of judges and the audience. Kimuli Fashionability a social enterprise that empowers people with disabilities by equipping them with skills to do up cycle fashion items like clothes and bags scooped the first prize. Ms. Amina Hersi Morghe the proprietor of Oasis Mall gave the winners an award and a cash prize of an undisclosed amount of money.







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