Theme: Uganda’s Entrepreneurial Ecosystem: Unlocking the Missing Links.

Track 1 | Day 1
Entrepreneurial Transitions - Connecting the Dots between Industry & Academia

Higher education institutions and research they conduct have enormous potential for innovation and economic development. Mobilizing both the research and graduates that come out of these institutions for entrepreneurial careers and disruptive market-viable businesses is very important. As a country, are we paying enough attention to the transfer capabilities this value chain presents? Does our public policy environment stimulate innovative and good practice approaches by universities and support the exchange of lessons learned. Turning university graduates into entrepreneurs can be a successful strategy to stimulate innovation and economic growth, especially in places undergoing economic changes. This track, starting with the opening session, aims to identify how the Ugandan Startup Ecosystem can better facilitate this and assess and improve the value chain: University research → a market-viable product → going to market → scaling.

DAY 1: Entrepreneurial Transitions: Connecting the Dots between Industry & Academia November 22, 2022
9:00 am - 10:00 am


10:30 am - 12:00 pm

Building & Enhancing Transfer Capabilities between Academia & Industry

Bunyonyi Hall

Discussion Objectives:
To identify specific transfer capabilities between industry and academia (research, talent etc) and explore ways those links can be fostered.
To establish the role of various startup ecosystem players in making the links between academia and the startup industry clearer, so that they can be taken better advantage of.

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Founders Ignite Session: An Entrepreneur Showcase

Bunyonyi Hall

Entrepreneurs that are part of the Academy present on topics pertinent to the businesses they are developing.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Innovation & Entrepreneurship Education within HEIs - What can we do better?

Kyoga Hall

Discussion Objective:
To identify ways in which the approach to entrepreneurship education within Higher Education Institutions can better facilitate the link between academia and industry.

2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

A Guide to Entrepreneurial Research - Why do I need it for my start-up?

Aswa Hall

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Opportunities and Links between Health Innovation & Academia - How can we take better advantage?

Aswa Hall

Discussion Objectives:
To establish the potential links between current health research and market ready health innovations. What is currently on the ground? How can we facilitate those links more actively?
To discuss the ways in which startup space stakeholders are responsible for the links we are trying to establish and suggest ways in which each can be held accountable.

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm

Digital Skills for Last Mile Entrepreneurship

Kyoga Hall

What are the gaps and opportunities? What action is required to address/exploit them?

Hosted by: UNCDF & The Innovation Village

5:00 pm - 5:30 pm


Bunyonyi Hall

5:00 pm - 6:00 pm


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